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Loyola to induct new class into Wolfpack Hall of Fame

Loyola press release - February 19, 2009

Loyola University New Orleans will honor three individuals and one team at the university’s athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 28 in the Danna Student Center.

The Hall of Fame activities will begin when the Loyola men’s and women’s basketball teams host William Carey in the Hall of Fame Games at The Den. The women’s game will begin at 3 p.m. and will be followed by the men’s, set to start at 5 p.m. A special Hall of Fame presentation will be made during halftime of the men’s game.

Following the games, a reception will begin at 6:45 p.m. in the Monroe Library. At 8 p.m. in the St. Charles Room of the Danna Student Center, the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony commences.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame activities are $25 and include admission to both games, the reception and the induction ceremony. To purchase tickets, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-798-ALUM or 504-861-5454, or email alumni@loyno.edu.

The Honorees

The honorees for this year’s induction ceremony include Gerard Brechtel, Doug Neill, Margaret Schaefer, and the 1961 Loyola baseball team. Longtime Loyola employee Herb Roth will receive the St. Sebastian Award.

Gerald “Jerry” Brechtel, played baseball at Loyola from 1966-70. A starting catcher and four-year letter winner, Brechtel also on occasion took to the mound and played other positions with equal talent. In one game against Gannon College, he pitched the first game of a double header and caught the second game, a rare feat for a baseball player. He served as team captain during his senior year, and he was also awarded the D.H. Holmes trophy as Loyola’s Outstanding Student-Athlete in 1970. His last year was accompanied by a mediocre team won-loss record, but did register two wins over Tulane in the annual series with that cross-campus school. Brechtel graduated from Redemptorist High School in New Orleans.

Doug Neill, also a baseball player, starred at Loyola from 1999-02. A versatile player, Neill played both outfield and infield (first base) during his career, lettering all four years. His coaches considered him to be a hard worker and a team leader by example. During his sophomore year, Loyola won a total of 35 games, a Loyola record for the sport. During his junior and senior years, he was named All-GCAC and NAIA All-Region. During his senior season, Neill received an NAIA All-American honorable mention. Scholastically, he was honored as an NAIA Academic All-American his last two years of competition. He holds Loyola career records for most runs, at bats, RBIs, hits, and doubles. Neill is a graduate of Rummel High School.

Margaret “Maggie” Schaefer played for the Loyola volleyball team from 1999-03. Schaefer led Loyola to four straight GCAC titles, two NAIA Regional titles, and two NAIA national tournament appearances. An outside hitter, she made the All-GCAC team all four years of her competition, and she was named the All-GCAC player of the year during her junior year. Considered to be the strongest hitter on the team, she was also named to the All-Louisiana team her junior and senior years. During her senior year, she was named an NAIA All-American honorable mention. At the time of her graduation, she held Loyola season records for kills and digs, and career records for kills, total attacks, best percentage and digs. She is a graduate of Loyola Academy of Chicago.

Coached by Hall of Fame Coach Lou “Rags” Scheuermann, the 1961 baseball team was considered good enough to beat any team in the nation on any given day. The team’s season record was 14-1, which included wins over LSU, Northwestern of the Big Ten, Illinois Wesleyan, Oklahoma and Southern Mississippi. The team received an NCAA bid for the national tournament, but did not accept it because a number of team members would not have been able to compete for having four years (rather than the NCAA limit of three) of varsity competition. Ten players on the team either signed or considered professional contracts. Team members were: Ken Adolph, Jerry Brady, Walt Case, Bob Delpidio, Sturges Ducoing, Larry Hoyt, Joe McMahon Jr., Wayne Pietri, Bobby Powell, Mike Rooney, Bill Schonacher (captain), Fred Schwartz, Chuck Staub, Lou Triche, Pete Vollenweider, W.E. “Ed” Wahden, Lloyd George “L.G.” Webre, Bill Werling, and Fred Woessner. Bill Delaney and Frank Carrara Jr. were team managers.

Longtime equipment and pool technician Herb Roth will be the recipient of the St. Sebastian Award for his continuous support of the intercollegiate athletic program. An employee of Loyola since 1983, Roth has also assisted the Wolfpack in various capacities including part-time photographer, bus driver and game manager.