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Gridiron innovator heads 2012 Athletics Hall of Fame

January 13, 2012

Clark Shaughnessy

Legendary college football coach Clark Shaughnessy, often credited as the “father of the T-formation” and early innovator of the modern passing game, headlines the Loyola University New Orleans Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2012, which includes baseball players Jerry Brady '62 and David Lindsey '00, and cross country standout Stephanie Legleu Crews '02. Loyola will also honor longtime athletic proponent and alumnus Derby Gisclair ’73, with the St. Sebastian Award, given annually to an individual who has exhibited outstanding efforts on behalf of Loyola athletes off the field.

The 2012 class will be announced at halftime during the Wolfpack’s men’s basketball game against Auburn University-Montgomery on Jan. 28. The game starts at 4 p.m., followed by a reception in the Danna Student Center courtyard at 5:45 p.m., and the induction ceremony at 7 p.m. Tickets, which include admission to the basketball game, reception and induction ceremony, can be purchased at alumni.loyno.edu/hof12 for $25 each. For more information, contact Allison Russell Waldron at 504-861-5789 or awaldron@loyno.edu.

Shaughnessy, who arrived at Loyola in 1926 after leading Tulane University to a Rose Bowl invitation, amassed a 38-19-5 record in six years as head coach. The highlight of his tenure occurred in 1928 when Loyola traveled to take on Notre Dame and the legendary Knute Rockne in their season opener. Despite an early 6-0 lead, Loyola eventually fell to the Irish, 12-6, prompting Rockne to say, "Never get me another 'warm-up game' against a team coached by that guy." Rockne later extended the compliment by saying, “If I can name the two best football coaches in America, one of them is going to be Clark Shaughnessy.”

He later coached at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, the University of Maryland, the University of Pittsburg, the University of Hawaii, and in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams. He was elected to the College Coaching Hall of Fame in 1968.

Brady, who played second base for the Wolfpack from 1959-62 was considered one of the best defensive players of his era. As a sophomore, Brady was flawless in the field, not committing a single error during the 1960 campaign. A year later, Brady was ranked third in the nation, stealing 18 bases. He also led the Wolfpack in runs scored in 1960 and 1962, and finished with a career batting average of .327. Brady was offered a professional baseball contract by Houston, but chose to stay at Loyola to complete his degree.

Lindsey, catcher and relief pitcher for the Wolfpack from 1997-2000, led the Wolfpack in 2000 with 51 runs batted in, the fourth most in school history. During his career, he drove in 115 runs, which tied for third most in school history. In 1998, Lindsey led the team in home runs, while hitting .310 on the season. As a catcher, he threw out 65 of 88 runners and was twice named an All Gulf Coast Athletic Conference selection. Lindsey is the only Loyola baseball player to be selected in the Major League Baseball amateur draft since the university reinstituted baseball in 1991, getting picked by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 29th round.

Crews was named to the GCAC All-Conference Team all four years of her career and, while competing for Loyola, the Wolfpack placed second in the GCAC Championships and qualified for the NAIA National meet three times. Crews holds several school records, including best times in the 5000 meters, two-mile and three-mile races.

She led the 2001 Wolfpack to the GCAC and NAIA Region 13 women’s team titles, and she was a NAIA All-Region selection in 2001. As a track athlete, she holds Loyola records in the 1500m, 3000m and 5000m and was named Academic All-American during her senior year.

Derby is a noted baseball historian, author and was an integral part of establishing the Coach Louis “Rags” Scheuermann Baseball Scholarship Fund, serving as a key part of the committee that presented the first annual Rags Scheuermann Scholarship Fundraiser in the spring of 2011.

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