Yearly Award Winners, 2013-14
Outstanding Female Amateur, Greater New OrleansKalani Brown (Basketball, Salmen High School)
Brown led the Spartans to a 33-1 record and a second straight Class 4A state championship this past season. The 6-foot-6 junior center averaged 20.4 points, 13.0 rebounds, 4.9 blocks and 1.5 steals. The Class 4A Player of the Year and the Class 4A state tournament MVP, Brown was also a member of the gold-medal winning United States team at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championships for Women. In the Class 4A Semifinals, Brown recorded 22 points and 20 rebounds in a 51-33 victory and then she scored 13 points with 12 rebounds in a 56-48 victory over Easton.
Outstanding Male Amateur, Greater New OrleansLeonard Fournette (Football, St. Augustine High School)
Fournette was selected as the USA Today National Offensive Player of the Year and was tabbed for the prestigious Parade All-America First Team while being touted as one of the most highly recruited players ever to come out of Louisiana. He became the first player in state history to win the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year Award twice after finishing his high school career with 7,619 rushing yards and 88 rushing touchdowns. As a senior, he ran for 1,792 yards and 16 touchdowns and added 45 receptions for 745 yards and six scores.
Outstanding Boys Prep Coach, Greater New OrleansNick Saltaformaggio (Football, East Jefferson High School)
Saltaformaggio took a team that hadn’t won a playoff game in 44 years all the way to the Class 4A state championship this past fall. The 54-year coach, in his sixth year at East Jeff, molded a team without any FBS-signees into an undefeated powerhouse. After a perfect 10-0 regular season, which included seven shutouts, the Warriors defeated McDonogh #35 (first playoff win since 1970), North DeSoto and Warren Easton to advance to the state semifinals. They came from behind to top powerhouse Neville in the semifinals, 18-15, then shocked defending state champ Karr by rallying three times from deficits for a 38-28 win. In addition to being selected as the Class 4A Coach of the Year, Saltaformaggio was named the National Coach of the Year by NationalHighSchoolFotball.com.
Outstanding Girls Prep Coach, Greater New OrleansJose Ferrand (Soccer, Benjamin Franklin High School)
Ferrand directed the girls soccer team at Ben Franklin High to its second straight state title in 2014; it was the fifth overall title for the Falcons. The win also extended the team’s record to a perfect 40-0 over the last two years against Louisiana competition. The title was clinched with a strong team effort in a 2-0 victory over St. Thomas More. Ferrand, who also coached the Ben Franklin boys to the state title, the first time since 2004 that the same school swept the state championships in soccer, was named the LHSAA Girls Soccer Coach of the Year for Division II.
Outstanding College Coach, State of LouisianaTony Robichaux (Baseball, UL-Lafayette)
Robichaux earned his fourth Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year honor after guiding the Ragin’ Cajuns to the most regular season wins in conference history. After earning the honor, he continued his sensational season, guiding ULL to the Sun Belt Tournament title. Following the league championship, the school climbed to No. 1 in the nation in the three major polls (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and USA Today Coaches). The Cajuns, who were the No. 6 national seed for the NCAA Championship, went on to win the Lafayette NCAA Regional Tournament before falling to a red-hot Ole Miss team at home in three games of the Lafayette NCAA Super Regional. ULL’s 58-10 final record gave them the school and Sun Belt records for victories in a season.
Outstanding Boys Prep Team, Greater New OrleansEast Jefferson High School (Football, LHSAA)
The East Jefferson football team proved to be one of the most amazing stories on the New Orleans sports scene for the 2013-14 academic year. After not winning a playoff game in 44 years, the Warriors captured the Class 4A state championship this past fall. With a team of unheralded and lightly recruited players, East Jeff defeated McDonogh #35 (first playoff win since 1970), North DeSoto and Warren Easton to advance to the state semifinals. They came from behind to top powerhouse Neville in the semifinals, 18-15, then shocked defending state champ Karr by rallying three times from deficits for a 38-28 win.
Outstanding Girls Prep Team, Greater New OrleansMount Carmel Academy (Basketball, LHSAA)
The Cubs won one of the more improbable state championships in LHSAA history when they captured the school’s first-ever basketball title. As a ninth-seed in the tournament, the Cubs became the lowest seed to ever win a state title in Louisiana. They used a deadly long-range game to wrap up the title, knocking down nine three-pointers in the semifinals and then another nine in a 69-60 win over Destrehan in the championship game. The Cubs finished the year with a 26-6 mark.