LSU’s Ed Orgeron Selected as Louisiana’s Top Collegiate Coach
NEW ORLEANS (May 29, 2020) – LSU’s Ed Orgeron has been selected as the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Outstanding Collegiate Coach for the State of Louisiana. The Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, selects annual award winners in a variety of categories; it also selects Amateur Athletes of the Month and each year’s Hall of Fame class. Overall, 24 individuals and four teams will be honored for their 2019-20 achievements. Honorees are being announced over a period of 24 days, wrapping up with the Corbett Awards for the top male and female amateur athletes in the state on June 10 and 11.
After Orgeron and the Tigers blew out Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Peach Bowl, they capped their legendary season by running away from Clemson in the CFP National Championship in New Orleans. The victory capped a perfect 15-0 season for the Tigers – the most wins in program history. Orgeron’s 2019 team set several other school records, including points in a season (726), points per game (48.4) and passing yards (6,024). Orgeron was recognized as the Eddie Robinson Award winner as the top collegiate coach in the nation. The Tigers became the only unit in SEC history to include a 4,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers in the same season. Joe Burrow, the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Year, broke league records for passing yards and touchdowns en route to the Heisman Trophy, the Manning Award and the Corbett Award.
“You don’t know until you go through it, but adversity makes you stronger,” Orgeron said. “You may wonder what has happened; it doesn’t feel good. But when you look at it, you figure it out, and through that adversity, I grew. I changed. I got better here. I got better there. Everything fell into place, and we’re just getting started. This is not the finish. I want to be here at LSU for a long time and win many championships at LSU.”
The other finalists for Louisiana’s Outstanding Collegiate Coach were Tim Rebowe from Nicholls State football, Frank Scelfo from Southeastern Louisiana football and Alfred Williams from Xavier men’s basketball. Rebowe led the Colonels to their second straight Southland Conference Championship and their third straight trip to the FCS Playoffs. In just his second year patrolling the SLU sidelines, Scelfo earned Southland Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the Lions to a runner-up finish in the league standings, the third FCS playoff appearance in program history and a pair of wins over top 10 opponents. Williams directed the Gold Rush to a 27-6 record and its first GCAC tournament championship since 1996 – Xavier closed the year ranked No. 10 in the final NAIA national poll.
Allstate Sugar Greater New Orleans Sports Awards, 2019-20
Outstanding Girls’ Prep Coach of the Year, New Orleans: Lakenya Reed, Booker T. Washington Basketball
Outstanding Boys’ Prep Coach of the Year, New Orleans: Nick Monica, Archbishop Rummel Football
Outstanding Female Amateur Athlete, New Orleans: Angela Charles-Alfred, Xavier University Tennis
Outstanding Male Amateur Athlete, New Orleans: Ja’Marr Chase, LSU Football
Outstanding Boys’ Prep Team, New Orleans: St. James High School Football
Outstanding Girls’ Prep Team, New Orleans: Metairie Park Country Day School Volleyball
Outstanding Collegiate Coach, Louisiana: Ed Orgeron, LSU Football
Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Inductee: Perry Clark, Tulane Basketball
Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Inductee: Tim Floyd, UNO Basketball
Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Inductee: Rick Jones, Tulane Baseball
Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Inductee: Craig Perret, Horse Racing
Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Inductee: Ashley Tappin-Doussan, Swimming
Jimmy Collins Special Awards: Demario Davis, Eastbank Little League
Eddie Robinson Award: Keeshawn Davenport, UNO Basketball
Corbett Award – Female: Tonea Marshall, LSU Track & Field
Corbett Award – Male: Joe Burrow, LSU Football
The Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee began in 1957 when James Collins spearheaded a group of sports journalists to form a sports awards committee to immortalize local sports history. For 13 years, the committee honored local athletes each month. In 1970, the Sugar Bowl stepped in to sponsor and revitalize the committee, leading to the creation of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame in 1971, honoring 10 legends from the Crescent City in its first induction class. While adding the responsibility of selecting Hall of Famers, the committee has continued to recognize the top amateur athlete in the Greater New Orleans area each month – the honors enter their 64th year in 2020. To be eligible, an athlete must be a native of the greater New Orleans area or must compete for a team in the metropolitan region.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 28 national champions, 96 Hall of Fame players, 50 Hall of Fame coaches and 18 Heisman Trophy winners in its 86-year history. The 87th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, which will double as a College Football Playoff Semifinal, is scheduled to be played on January 1, 2021. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.6 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors over 100,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2.7 billion into the local economy in the last decade.