Back to Articles

Allstate Sugar Bowl Announces Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

Friday, July 8, 2011

Javonne Brooks, the top volleyball player in the history of the University of New Orleans, former NFL star Marshall Faulk and Loyola legendary coach and administrator Jim McCafferty will be the newest inductees to the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame the organization announced on Friday. The official induction will be at the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame banquet on Saturday, July 23 at the Louisiana Superdome. In addition to the Hall of Famers, the Eddie Robinson Award will be presented to long-time New Orleans high school coach Wayne Reese.

Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame

"We are very much looking forward to July 23rd," said Paul Hoolahan, the Chief Executive Officer of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. "We'll be honoring an NFL Hall of Famer, one of the top volleyball players in collegiate history and a legendary coach and administrator. Not to mention all of the other outstanding honorees. The tremendous accomplishments of all of our award-winners are a tribute to New Orleans and it's an honor for the Allstate Sugar Bowl to be a part of this event."

The Eddie Robinson Award was instituted two years ago to honor the legendary football coach from Grambling State University; it recognizes an individual who demonstrates the qualities most closely associated with Coach Robinson: outstanding achievement in athletics, academics, sportsmanship and citizenship by maximizing the use of limited resources. This year's honoree is long-time New Orleans prep football coach Wayne Reese, who coincidentally coached Faulk at Carver High School.

Eddie Robinson Award

In addition to Friday's release of the Hall of Famers and the Eddie Robinson Award winner, the Corbett Award winners and a pair of Special Awards were announced on Thursday and the organization released its annual award winners on Wednesday.

James J. Corbett Award
Annual Award Winners

Sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame was created in 1971 and has honored 203 athletes who were born in New Orleans and achieved prominence in or away from the Greater New Orleans area; or, those non-natives who achieved sports prominence in the Greater New Orleans area in high school, college, professional or amateur sports. Each year's Hall of Fame class is selected by the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Selection Committee, a volunteer group which has met monthly to pay homage to outstanding achievements in athletics in the Greater New Orleans area for over five decades. In addition to the Hall of Fame, the committee recognizes an Amateur Athlete of the Month for the Greater New Orleans area and selects yearly winners for a variety of major awards.

2011 Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Inductee:

In 2009 Brooks was selected as Sun Belt Conference's top volleyball player of all-time...ranks second all-time in NCAA career kills with 2,932 after being in first place from 1992 until 1995...Career average of 4.91 kills per set ranks 24th in NCAA Division I history...Ranks fifth in total attempts (5,939)...Second all-time in NCAA single-season kills (1992 - 878 kills), third all-time in single-season kills per set (1992 - 6.10 kills per set) UNO history, ranks first in career kills, career kills per set, career hitting percentage, career service aces, career blocks, career blocks per game...three-time Louisiana Player of the Year (1989, 1990, 1992)...1989 Louisiana Newcomer of the Year...four-time All-Louisiana team (1989-1992) American South Player of the Week, five-time Sun Belt Player of the Week...1992 All-American selection...Four-time All-Region selection (1989-1992)...Two-time All-American South First Team selection...1992 Sun Belt first-team selection...Holds top five individual single game kill marks in school history...Two-time American South Conference tournament all-tournament team...Served as head coach at Dillard University.

2011 Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Inductee:

One of the most productive running backs in NCAA and NFL history...In his second game at San Diego State, he rushed for an NCAA record 386 yards and seven touchdowns against Pacific...A three-time First Team All-American as well as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy while setting the school record for career touchdowns (62)...The second pick in the 1994 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts...Earned offensive rookie of the year and Pro Bowl Most Valuable Player honors that season...After being traded to the St. Louis Rams in 1999, he set an NFL record with 2,449 yards from scrimmage as the Rams won Super Bowl XXXIV over the Tennessee Titans...A seven-time Pro Bowl selection, he was also a three-time First Team All-Pro and the NFL Most Valuable Player in 2000...Won the Bert Bell Award as NFL Player of the Year in 2001...During his 12-year NFL career, rushed for 12,279 yards (10th all-time) and 100 touchdowns (seventh all-time) and totaled 6,875 yards and 36 touchdowns receiving...The only player in NFL history to accumulate 12,000 rushing yards and 6,000 receiving yards.

2011 Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Inductee:

Standout basketball player, basketball coach, track and field coach, and athletics administrator...Inducted into the Loyola and Xavier (Ohio) halls of fame. Played one season of football in 1938 at Loyola before the school dropped the sport...Switched to basketball, playing three seasons (1940-43)...Named to the All-Dixie Conference team in 1941 and led the team in scoring as a junior and senior...Helped lead Loyola to a Dixie Conference Championship, being named Most Valuable Player of the conference tournament...A Loyola assistant coach for eight seasons, including the Wolfpack's NAIA National Championship in 1945, which is still New Orleans' only major basketball team championship...In 1948 U.S. Basketball hired him to coach Team USA for the Central American Olympic Games in Panama, and McCafferty coached the USA to the gold medal...Was also Loyola's track coach for 11 seasons and became the Wolfpack's head basketball coach and Athletic Director...Led Loyola to its only NCAA basketball tournaments, gaining one of 16 bids in both 1954 and 1957...His track team won consecutive Gulf States Conference Championships in 1951 and 1952...Left Loyola to become head basketball coach at Xavier University (Ohio) from 1957-63, also serving as the Musketeers' athletic director from 1961-79...In his first season, Xavier was ranked No. 4 by UPI and No. 7 by AP...The Bearcats were invited to the NIT and won the title in what Sport magazine called "one of the greatest upsets in basketball history."...Won 91 games at Xavier from 1957-63, third most in school history, and took the school to its first NCAA Tournament in 1961...Served as the first commissioner of what is now the Midwestern Collegiate Conference in 1979...Died at 90 years old in 2006.

2011 Eddie Robinson Award Winner - Wayne Reese, New Orleans High School Football
Wayne Reese has been impacting the lives of young men for over four decades at the high school level. He has served as the head football coach at McDonogh 35 (nine years), Carver (13 years) and Booker T. Washington (six years), dealing with young men in largely underprivileged situations, helping them to develop as responsible citizens, football players, students and to become productive in the professional work force. Reese has also coached track and field for many years as well, including every year at McDonogh 35.

While at McDonogh 35, the first floor of the school was severely damaged from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Both the school and the football program recovered with Reese prominently involved in the recovery as he lobbied parents and children to return to the school. As the head coach of the Roneagles for the last nine years, his teams have reached the state playoffs for the last eight consecutive seasons.

Reese has coached five players who went on to play in the NFL, including Marshall Faulk and Tyrone Jones from Carver, Chris Clark at McDonogh 35, Nate Livings of Washington-Marion and Calvin Magee at Booker T. Washington.