Yearly Award Winners, 2018-19
Outstanding Girls’ Prep Coach, Greater New Orleans:
April Hagadone (Volleyball, Mount Carmel Academy)
Hagadone guided Mount Carmel to a straight-set victory in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Division I Volleyball Championship – it was the fifth consecutive state title for Hagadone and Mount Carmel. The Cub’s dominant championship performance capped a memorable season in which they lost just twice all season. “The leadership on this team was outstanding,” Hagadone told Nola.com. “I couldn’t be more proud of all my players. They led from the bench or on the court. What an amazing group of young ladies. Their focus was unbelievable. Everyone contributed, and it’s an amazing feeling watching it all come together.”
Outstanding Boys’ Prep Coach, Greater New Orleans:
Wayne Stein (Baseball, St. Charles Catholic High School)
Stein guided St. Charles Catholic to a 7-4 upset of top-seed University Lab to win the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Division II Baseball title. It was the Comets’ first state title in their eighth trip to the championship game. “It kind of clicked to me,” Stein told WGNO-TV. “One of my players in a meeting one time that I had with him said, ‘I think you need to be harder on me.’ He was telling me I think you need to push us a little extra and I took that advice to heart. It took me two months later to realize what he was trying to tell me and I did. I started to push more and I just demanded a higher standard that I thought that they wanted.” Stein’s sixth-seeded Comets won 17 of their final 19 games and defeated the top three seeds to win the state title.
Outstanding Female Amateur, Greater New Orleans:
Ellie Holzman (Volleyball, Mount Carmel Academy)
Holzman capped one of the most impressive prep volleyball careers in the state by being named the Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year. A three-time winner of the state player of the year award, Holzman, who is headed to the University of Illinois later this year, led her team to state championships in all four years she played at Mount Carmel. The 6-foot-2 Holzman finished her senior season with 571 kills, 303 digs, 106 blocks and 30 aces as the Cubs finished 44-2. One of the best all-around players in the history of the state, she racked up 2,426 kills, 1,379 digs and 749 blocks for her career. “In addition to her physicality, Ellie Holzman is just the ultimate competitor in everything she does,” head coach April Hagadone told The Advocate. “I mean she wants to win in everything she does. She’s up for class valedictorian and she is also her class mascot. She’s a leader on and off the court and that what makes her truly special.”
Outstanding Male Amateur, Greater New Orleans:
Kody Hoese (Baseball, Tulane University)
Hoese, Tulane’s star third baseman, finished the 2019 season leading the Green Wave with a .391 batting average, producing 92 hits with 61 RBI and 72 runs scored. The Indiana product slugged .779 to go with a .486 on-base percentage as he started all 58 games for the team. He was named the 2019 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year and to the All-American Athletic Conference first team. Hoese’s name is littered throughout the Tulane record book, as he ranks fourth in slugging percentage, tied for second all-time in a single season with 23 home runs and fourth with 183 total bases. Within the conference the home runs, total bases, slugging percentage and 72 runs scored are all AAC records. He was drafted in the first round (25th overall) of the MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Outstanding Girls’ Prep Team, Greater New Orleans:
St. Scholastica Academy (Soccer, LHSAA)
St. Scholastica senior Isabella Pflug’s stoppage-time goal lifted the Doves to a 2-1 victory over Northshore to capture their second straight Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Division I state championship. The victory capped an unbeaten season (19-0-3) in which SSA scored 81 total goals while only allowing six goals while competing in the state’s premier soccer district. In the first three rounds of the playoffs, the Doves outscored Sulphur, St. Joseph and Mandeville by a combined score of 14-1. Goalkeeper Elizabeth Kalmbach was recognized as one of the top local goalies in many years after allowing just four regular-season scores while forward Sydney Vincens, an Alabama signee, scored 19 goals. “I couldn’t be prouder of the girls and this team,” head coach Matt Jacques told The Advocate. “Everyone played well, and we were fortunate enough to come away with the victory.”
Outstanding Boys’ Prep Team, Greater New Orleans:
Edna Karr High School (Football, LHSAA)
Edna Karr recorded its third straight state championship by coming from behind to defeat Warren Easton, 28-20, to capture the 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Class 4A state title. After trailing 12-0 in the first quarter, the Cougars came to life with two second-quarter touchdowns. A 31-yard fourth-quarter TD connection between quarterback Leonard Kelly and Jahii Howard clinched the victory to cap a perfect 15-0 season. “We talk about humility,” Karr coach Brice Brown told Nola.com. “You have to win with humility and you better be humble. God has blessed us tremendously to be in this position. If you played good or you played bad, you’ve got to remember that these chances and these opportunities don’t come around for everybody, so you have to sit back and appreciate the moment that you’re in.”
Outstanding College Coach, State of Louisiana:
D-D Breaux (Gymnastics, LSU)
Breaux directed the LSU gymnastics team to second place in the nation, the best NCAA finish in school history. “I could not have asked this team for a better performance,” she said. “They outperformed themselves from the semifinal. We gave it all we had and there is nothing wrong with finishing second to a great Oklahoma team. I am taking a lot of pride in this second-place finish and great season.” Breaux earned her 799th and 800th career wins during the NCAA Championships, making her one of two coaches, regardless of sport, in LSU history with 800 wins. Following the regular season, she was recognized by her peers as the SEC Coach of the Year for the ninth time in her career. The dean of all coaches in SEC history led the squad to a record of 18-3 overall and the program’s third-straight SEC championship. Five gymnasts under Breaux’s direction earned WCGA regular season All-America honors. LSU continued to improve in each week of the season and over the final four weeks leading into NCAA postseason the squad averaged a 197.900. The LSU team was the second in NCAA Gymnastics history to average a 197.900 or higher in four meets.