Yearly Award Winners, 2012-13
Outstanding College Coach, State of LouisianaRoman Banks (Men’s Basketball, Southern University)
Banks, in his second season at Southern, led the Jaguars to a 23-10 record and the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship. The Jags earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament where they gave No. 1 seed Gonzaga a scare before losing 64-58 as a No. 16 seed. During the regular season, Southern posted a 15-3 mark in the SWAC and also defeated Texas A&M, 53-51, in College Station. Banks was selected the Louisiana Collegiate Coach of the Year by the La. Sports Writers Association and was also a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award, which is presented annually to the top minority coach in Division I. Southern won 11 games in the two seasons before Banks was hired and had severe academic problems.
Outstanding Prep Coach, State of LouisianaJay Roth (Football, Archbishop Rummel H.S.)
Roth directed Rummel to a perfect 14-0 season and the school’s first state football championship in its 49-year history. The Raiders used a 22-point fourth-quarter to come from behind and defeat Barbe in the state Class 5A Championship, 35-14, one week after Barbe scored seven touchdowns in a 49-48 victory against defending, eight-time state champion West Monroe. In 18 seasons at Rummel, Roth, who is an alumnus of the school, has won 10 district championships while reaching the state playoffs 17 times. He was also selected as the New Orleans Metro Coach of the Year for large schools by NOLA.com.
Outstanding Female Amateur, Greater New OrleansKatherine Broussard (Volleyball, Country Day High School)
Broussard led the Country Day High School volleyball team to the school’s fourth straight Division 5 State Title with a record of 40-6. The senior registered 532 kills, 412 digs, 68 service aces, 19 blocks and a .526 kill percentage. She was named the Louisiana Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year for 2012-13. Her career totals are 2,158 kills and 1,738 digs. A five-time Division 5 all-state selection, she was also a three-time Times-Picayune Small Schools Metro Player of the Year. Broussard will carry her 3.69 weighted GPA to Howard University in Washington D.C.
Outstanding Male Amateur, Greater New OrleansPatrick Mullins, Men’s Soccer, University of Maryland)
Mullins won the 2012 Hermann Trophy, presented to the best male player in NCAA Division I soccer. A Jesuit High product, Mullins led Maryland’s high-scoring attack with 17 goals and 10 assists. He tallied seven game-winners to lead Maryland to the best winning percentage in the country (20-1-3). The Terps won the ACC championship and advanced to the College Cup for the 12th time in program history. A First Team All-American, Mullins’ 2012 season ranks sixth in points and goals, and eighth in assists in Maryland program single-season history. The forward was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year and tabbed Most Valuable Player at the ACC Championship.
Outstanding Professional, Greater New OrleansRosie Napravnik (Thoroughbred Horse Racing)
Napravnik won 125 Fairgrounds races in 2013 to finish as the leading rider at the course for the third straight year. Through June, she has won 154 overall races with total earnings of $6,565,115 in 2013. She rode Mylute to a fifth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, the best-ever finish for a female jockey, and followed that up with a third-place effort in the Preakness. The New Orleans resident then became the first female ever to ride in all of the Triple Crown races, finishing sixth at the Belmont Stakes aboard Unlimited Budget. Only 25 years old, Napravnik won her 1,500th race in 2013 and has been the subject of many national profiles, including one by 60 Minutes.
Outstanding Professional, State of LouisianaCalvin Borel (Thoroughbred Horse Racing)
Borel claimed career win No. 5,000 March 7 at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Borel, 46, picked up the milestone win aboard Hezunusal in the sixth race, a $15,000 maiden claiming event at six furlongs. A three-time Kentucky Derby winner, Borel becomes the 26th North American jockey with 5,000 wins. Born in St. Martin Parish, La., he reached the highest echelons of racing with a fearless and aggressive riding style. Borel, who finished third in this year’s Kentucky Derby aboard Revolutionary, was also elected to the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame in April.
Outstanding Team, State of LouisianaJohn Curtis Christian School Football
Curtis continued its amazing run of dominance in Louisiana prep football, registering its second consecutive undefeated season and its state-record 25th state title. In addition, the Patriots became the first to be recognized as consensus national champions. Curtis was ranked No. 1 in seven of the nine polls. After a resounding 33-3 win over the Florida defending champion in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Showcase, Curtis rolled through the season, extending its current winning streak to 28 games. This was the highest scoring team in Curtis history, leading by an average of more than 40 points by halftime and substituting liberally. The offense, including reserves, averaged a touchdown every 5.8 plays. In the five playoff games, Curtis scored 38 times in 41 possessions (36 TDs and 2 field goals). For the entire 14-game season, the defense allowed just three touchdowns and scored three of their own while recording seven shutouts.
Outstanding Professional Coach, State of LouisianaNone Selected.