Yearly Award Winners, 2014-15
Outstanding Boys Prep Coach, Greater New OrleansSean Moser (Soccer, St. Paul’s School)
Moser led the Wolves to their second straight state championship, this one in dominating fashion as the title capped one of the more dominant seasons in Louisiana high school soccer history. St. Paul’s posted a 30-0-3 record with their only blemishes coming at the hands of Division 2 state champ Vandebilt Catholic and a pair of teams in out-of-state tournaments. The powerhouse outscored its opponents by a mind-boggling 122-9 margin, including five state playoff games in which the combined score was 18-0, including a 3-0 decision over fellow powerhouse Jesuit in the state championship match.
Outstanding Girls Prep Coach, Greater New OrleansMike Ortner (Soccer, St. Scholastica High School)
Ortner guided St. Scholastica to the Division 1 state soccer championship as the Doves outscored their first four playoff opponents, 18-0, before upending top-seeded Mt. Carmel, 3-1, in the championship match. It was the second straight title for Ortner and St. Scholastica, which has made seven straight trips to the championship match in Division 1.
Outstanding Female Amateur, Greater New OrleansKatie Kampen (Volleyball, Mount Carmel Academy)
Kampen capped her outstanding senior season of volleyball by being named the Gatorade Louisiana Volleyball Player of the Year for the second straight season. She was also named the NOLA.com Large Schools Player of the Year and was selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the LHSAA Championship Match. This past season, she tallied 572 kills, 380 digs, 80 blocks and 55 aces and led the Cubs to a 47-2 record this season along with the 2014 Division I state title. She earned the 2014 Miss Volleyball title for Louisiana and is a 2014 Second Team All-America selection by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Kampen finished her high school career with 1,983 kills and 1,501 digs. She signed to play volleyball for LSU next season.
Outstanding Male Amateur, Greater New OrleansPaul Klein (Wrestling, Brother Martin High School)
Klein won his unprecedented fourth state title in four years as he closed out one of the more impressive eras in Louisiana high school wrestling history – it is the first time in 71 years of the Louisiana state wrestling tournament that an individual has won four titles. An Arizona State signee, he was also tabbed the most outstanding grappler in all of Division I after completing an undefeated season at 44-0 – all while wrestling with a torn ACL. Among many honors, he was named a National High School Coaches Association Junior All-American and a Wrestling USA All-American. His title at 132 pounds helped lead Brother Martin to its fourth consecutive team state championship in Division I as the Crusaders scored 310 points to Jesuit’s 270.5. The state title was the 16th in school history for the Crusaders outstanding wrestling program. Klein completed his amazing career with an astonishing 166-10 mark, including 82 pins. He also holds a 3.4 grade-point average in the classroom.
Outstanding Girls Prep Team, Greater New OrleansWarren Easton High School Basketball (LHSAA)
The Lady Eagles, under head coach Darius Mimms, won the first girls’ basketball state championship in school history. Easton also became the first public school from Orleans Parish to win a title in girls’ basketball. Led by Kechelle Figueroa, Shaniqua Tobias, Nikole Haroon and Sabrina Banks, Easton posted a 33-1 record. Their lone loss came at the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic to Salmen High School, the two-time defending champion in Class 4A. The Lady Eagles avenged that loss, as well as a loss in last year’s state championship game, by upending Salmen, 46-42, in this year’s title game.
Outstanding Boys Prep Team, Greater New OrleansJesuit High School Football (LHSAA)
The Jesuit football team turned in a season for the ages in 2014, recording a solid 8-2 regular season before rolling through the playoffs to capture the LHSAA/Allstate Sugar Bowl Division I state championship, the school’s first state title since 1960. Head coach Mark Songy, who took over the reins of the program just prior to the season, and his staff managed things to perfection as the Blue Jays defeated the division’s top three seeds in succession. They upended No. 3 seed St. Thomas More, 20-13, on the road in Lafayette in the quarterfinals, then stopped No. 2 seed and Catholic League rival Rummel, 28-14, in the state semifinals, setting up a showdown with top-seeded powerhouse John Curtis. Senior running back Charles Jackson earned Most Outstanding Player honors in the title game after running for 142 yards on 16 carries while quarterback Trey Laforge hooked up with Kalija Lipscomb for a pair of long scoring strikes to key the memorable victory for Jesuit. “We all stepped up,” Songy told NOLA.com. “I’m just really, really proud of the effort of our guys. We had a great group of players, obviously, guys that made plays all over the place. I felt like I was really fortunate to fall into this situation. I’m real happy about it. We had a little bit of luck, but we earned our way.”
Outstanding College Coach, State of LouisianaChuck Winstead (Men’s Golf, LSU)
Winstead, the SEC Coach of the Year, directed the LSU men’s golf team to the 2015 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship, the first golf title for the Tigers since 1955. LSU captured four team titles during the year, including its first SEC Championship in 28 years. In the NCAA Regional tournament in New Haven, Conn., the Tigers erased an 11-shot deficit to climb to fifth place on the final day – a spot which proved to be enough to lift them to the NCAA Championship tournament. LSU defeated USC, 4-1, in match play action to win the national title. Winstead was also named the National Coach of the Year by Golfweek. “I’m just so proud of these guys,” said Winstead after winning the title. “It’s hard to get into a position to even have a chance to win this tournament, and then when you show up out here today and you still have the resolve to play the way we did, I’m very proud of the guys on this team. Having graduated from LSU and being a Tiger, it’s very special.”