Yearly Award Winners, 2015-16
Outstanding Boys’ Prep Coach, Greater New OrleansRobert Dauterive (Wrestling, Brother Martin)Dauterive directed the Brother Martin Wrestling team to its fifth consecutive Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Division I state championship this spring – it was his eighth overall title as the coach at his alma mater. “If it gets old, I think I need to retire,” Dauterive said. “It’s just the goal every year, to win the state championship. If we’re able to accomplish that, it’s great.” The Crusaders took control of the tournament early and collected four individual state championships as well – Steve Shields won his third straight title (with a chance at number four in 2017), while Luke Cotton, Pierce Williams and Jacob Clapp also captured championships.
Outstanding Girls’ Prep Coach, Greater New OrleansAndrea Williams (Basketball, Ursuline Academy)Williams directed a very young Ursuline squad to its first-ever basketball state title with a 61-48 victory over Rayne in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Class 4A championship game. The Lions, a team without any juniors or seniors in the starting lineup (they start three sophomores, a freshman and an eighth-grader) earned the No. 8 seed for the Top 28 tournament but posted five state tournament victories to earn the title – it was their first title game appearance since 1995. Ursuline finished the year with a 27-6 record as Williams was named the Class 4A Coach of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Outstanding Female Amateur, Greater New OrleansKristen Nuss (Volleyball/Basketball, Mount Carmel Academy)Nuss was named the MVP of the state title match in volleyball and the state championship game in basketball as she wrapped up her career with five state titles (three volleyball, two basketball). She was named the Gatorade State Player of the Year in volleyball after leading the Cubs to a 40-5 record and the Division state championship. The 5-6 outside hitter tallied 571 kills, 625 digs, 55 service aces and 49 blocks while posting a kill percentage of .561 and a hitting percentage of .509. In basketball, Nuss scored 27 points to go with 21 assists in the state semifinals and the championship game. She has accepted a scholarship to play beach volleyball at LSU.
Outstanding Male Amateur, Greater New OrleansLeonard Fournette (Football, LSU)Fournette, a St. Aug graduate, rushed for an LSU school-record 1,741 yards in 11 regular season games. He capped the season by rushing for 212 yards and scoring five touchdowns in LSU’s bowl victory over Texas Tech. His 1,953 rushing yards made him the first LSU player in history to lead the nation in rushing and the first SEC player to accomplish the feat since 1949. He was named first-team All-SEC and first-team All-America after setting an LSU record with 22 touchdowns while rushing for 200 yards four times and 100 yards 10 times. He was named a Doak Walker Award finalist and he was also named the Louisiana Offensive Player of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Outstanding Girls’ Prep Team, Greater New OrleansUrusline Academy (Basketball, LHSAA)The Lions, a team without any juniors or seniors in the starting lineup (they start three sophomores, a freshman and an eighth-grader) earned the No. 8 seed for the Top 28 tournament and proceeded to post five state tournament victories (67-56 over Plaquemine, 66-48 over Ellender, 59-55 over St. Thomas More, 58-50 over Karr and a 61-48 victory over Rayne) to earn the title – it was their first title game appearance since 1995. In the championship game, Ursuline trailed 48-47 with less than six minutes to go, but the Lions rallied and closed the game on a 14-1 run. The win snapped a 26-game winning streak for Rayne and also avenged Ursuline’s first round loss in the 2015 state tournament. Ursuline finished the year with a 27-6 record as sophomore Kourtney Weber was named the championship’s Most Outstanding Player after tallying 29 points, nine rebounds and five steals in the title game. Weber was also selected as the Class 4A Most Outstanding Player by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Outstanding Boys’ Prep Team, Greater New OrleansSt. Paul’s School (Soccer, LHSAA)The Wolves, under the direction of coach Sean Moser captured their third straight state championship. Making their sixth straight championship game appearance, they captured the title with a 3-0 victory over Acadiana to cap a 27-1-3 season. St. Paul’s finished as the nation’s top-ranked boys’ soccer team, according to MaxPreps. In the title game, Austin Groeneveld scored a pair of first-half goals to earn Most Outstanding Player honors. Senior midfielder Colin Ross was named the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year after scoring 20 goals with five assists. “This never gets old,” Moser said. “The great thing about this year’s squad is pretty much this is a brand new group. Only three starters on this year’s squad were on the field with the 2015 squad, and maybe one or two others came off the bench.”
Outstanding College Coach, State of LouisianaAlan Green (Men’s Tennis, Xavier University)Green led the Xavier men’s tennis team to a runner-up finish at the NAIA National Championships, the highest finish ever for a Xavier team in an NAIA national tournament. The Gold Rush (17-8) won three times in the NAIA National Championship in Mobile, Ala, before losing 5-2 to undefeated Georgia Gwinnett, which won a third consecutive national title. Xavier finished No. 2 in the NAIA postseason poll, its highest-ever ranking. The appearance at nationals was the eighth overall and eighth in a row for the XU men. They reached the quarterfinals each of the previous four seasons before breaking through with a quarterfinal victory against sixth-ranked Keiser and a semifinal victory against seventh-ranked Lindsey Wilson this year.