Yearly Award Winners, 2010-11
Outstanding College Coach, State of Louisiana:Yvette Girouard (Softball, Louisiana State University)
A member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Girouard completed a legendary career in 2010 by guiding the LSU softball team to a 40-18 record (including 23 wins in its final 26 games) en route to the program’s 13th NCAA Regional appearance. It marked the 13th time in 15 seasons that the Tigers finished with at least 40 victories. In addition to being recognized as the Co-Coach of the Year in the Southeastern Conference, Girouard was also named the Louisiana Coach of the Year for the 14th time. She closes her career with 1,285 wins, second-most in NCAA history.
Outstanding Prep Coach, State of LouisianaRod Cusachs (Wrestling, Rummel H.S.)
Cusachs guided the Rummel High School wrestling team to its first-ever state championship, upending the traditional powers from around the state in a memorable season for the Raiders. Rummel capitalized on four individual champions and four runner-up finishers to score 286 points to edge archrival Jesuit High. Overall, the Raiders had 12 of 14 wrestlers place to best Jesuit’s 11. Rummel also won its first-ever district title with a dominating victory over Shaw. Cusachs had also directed the Raiders to a state runner-up finish in 2009.
Outstanding Female Amateur, Greater New OrleansMaribel Lopez Porras (Golf, Tulane University)
Porras, a sophomore from Bogota, Columbia, was named the Conference USA Golfer of the Year after leading the Green Wave with a 73.44 scoring average. Porras, who was a third-team All-C-USA selection as a freshman, ranked as high as 18th in the country during the season. She had three top-five finishes and three other top-20 finishes. Porras shot 12 rounds of par or better and led the 14th-ranked Green Wave into the NCAA Central Regional in May. Tulane coach John Thomas Horton cited Porras’ consistency as a major factor in what he called her “fantastic year.”
Outstanding Male Amateur, Greater New OrleansRyan Brock (Basketball, Loyola University)
Brock had an outstanding senior season, being recognized as an NAIA All-American and as the Louisiana Small College Player of the Year. In what was one of the best seasons in Wolfpack history, he was the fourth-leading scorer in the nation (22.2 points per game, fourth-best in LU history). Brock scored over 25 points in 10 games and finished his career with 1,706 points. Known primarily for scoring, he also led Loyola in rebounds (5.1), assists (3.3) and steals (1.7) per game.
Outstanding Team, State of LouisianaHannan High School (Softball, LHSAA)
The softball team at Archbishop Hannan High School, forced by Katrina to relocate from St. Bernard Parish to the North Shore, earned the school’s first state title since the move with a victory in the Class 1A state tournament. The Hawks, under head coach Becky Lambert, defeated top-seeded False River, 1-0, in the semifinals, then out-slugged Ascension Catholic, 10-4, in the title game. The state title came despite playing the season without a district as the other schools in its district don’t field softball teams.
Outstanding Professional Coach, State of LouisianaRon Washington (Baseball, Texas Rangers)
Washington, a member of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame, managed the Texas Rangers to the first World Series in organization history in 2010. His squad won 90 games, then defeated Tampa Bay in the ALDS, followed by a surprising six-game upset of the potent New York Yankees in the ALCS. In addition to being just the second manager in Rangers history to take the team into postseason play, he is just the third African-American to manage a team into the World Series.
Outstanding Professional, Greater New OrleansDanny Granger (Basketball, Indiana Pacers)
Granger, a graduate of Grace King High School, completed his sixth NBA season this spring, averaging 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 38.6 percent from three-point territory. He led the Pacers to the NBA playoffs and scored 21.6 points per game in a first-round loss to the Bulls. Granger was also selected for the United States Senior National Team which won the gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey.
Outstanding Professional, State of LouisianaBrian Wilson (Baseball, San Francisco Giants)
Wilson, a former LSU standout, became the most recognizable face (beard) of the world champion San Francisco Giants in 2010. Wilson led the Major Leagues in saves with 48, including the NL West pennant-clinching save on the final day of the season. He added a pair of saves in the NLDS against Atlanta, then registered three saves and a win in the NLCS against heavily-favored Philadelphia. In the World Series against Texas, Wilson threw the final pitch as the Giants earned their first title since moving to San Francisco – a photo of Wilson celebrating landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Entering the 2011 All-Star break, Wilson had a 6-1 record with 24 saves and was selected to the National League All-Star Team.