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Wolfpack Hall of Fame gains three new members

Loyola press release - January 31, 2011

Wolfpack Athletics and the Loyola University New Orleans Alumni Association will welcome three new members to the Wolfpack Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 8 p.m. in the Danna Student Center, preceded by a reception at 7 p.m.

The 2011 inductees are John J. “Rags” Casteix Jr. ’48, (basketball 1944 – 1948), Jaime M. Richard ’99, (volleyball 1995 – 1998) and J. Fred Woessner Jr. ’65, (baseball and golf 1960 – 1963). Roland J. Hymel Jr. ’53 will also be honored with the St. Sebastian Award for his outstanding efforts on behalf of Loyola athletes off the field of play. WGNO-TV Sports Director Ed Daniels ’79, will emcee the induction ceremony.

Attendees are also invited to watch the Loyola men’s and women’s basketball teams take on Spring Hill in the Den. The Wolfpack women go up against Spring Hill at 3 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 5 p.m.

Admission to all Hall of Fame events is $25 per person and is open to the public. Registration is available at www.alumni.loyno.edu/hof11.

John J. “Rags” Casteix Jr. (Basketball 1944 – 48) Posthumous

Although having never competed in athletics in high school, the Loyola Maroon labeled Casteix as the “find” of the year during his freshman year. He was a perennial starter during his years in the Wolfpack, and served as co-captain on the team that won the national championship (National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball, Pepperdine) in 1945 with a 25-5 record. He scored the winning goal to beat Southern Illinois in the semi-final game of that tournament. Though never a prolific scorer, he excelled in defense, usually being assigned to guard the opposition’s high scorer. He played five years (allowed at that time) on the varsity squad. Casteix was a graduate of Jesuit High School in New Orleans.

Jaime M. Richard (Volleyball 1995 – 1998)

Richard graduated from Mt. Carmel Academy in New Orleans, where she was an all-state volleyball selection and led her school to back-to-back state championships in 1993 and 1994. She was named twice to the Louisiana all-state volleyball team in 1993 and 1994, while being selected as the state’s best defensive player. As a freshman and a sophomore at Loyola, she started every match and led the team in set assists. She had 68 assists in a win against NCAA Division I Grambling State and received all-tournament honors at the 1995 University of the South Invitational. At the end of her senior year, she held Loyola’s record for career assists (3,842) and season assists (1,193).

J. Fred Woessner Jr. (Baseball and Golf 1960 – 1963)

A graduate of Jesuit High School, Woessner started at third base for the Wolfpack as a freshman, and led the team with a .509 average, setting a new Loyola record and ranking him seventh nationally. Also during his freshman year, he was named the “L” Club’s outstanding varsity athlete. He was a member of the 1961 baseball team that was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2008. The Wolfpack baseball teams were highly successful during his playing years: 1960 16-2 (.889); 1961 15-2 (.882); 1962 15-3 (.833). As a junior, he was moved to the outfield where he led the team in homeruns and triples. After his junior year, Woessner signed a professional contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He also lettered as a member of the golf team.

Roland J. Hymel Jr.

Hymel has been an active and generous member of the Loyola University New Orleans community throughout his life. As a student, Hymel was a varsity athlete and the first letterman in the sport of archery, placing second in the nation in his senior year. He was a member of SAK fraternity and the Blue Key service club. Since graduating from Loyola, Hymel has taken an active interest in his alma mater, serving as a role model and mentor to many Loyola students over the years.

Hymel is an avid supporter of Wolfpack Athletics. In 2002, he was inducted into the Loyola University Athletics Hall of Fame for his contribution to athletics while he was a student at Loyola. He was also a member of the Hall of Fame track teams of 1951 and 1952.

“We are delighted to honor Roland with this year’s St. Sebastian Award. He has been a tremendous supporter and adviser to the athletic department over the years and, most recently, has been extremely active in organizing the Coach Jim McCafferty Scholarship in memory of his former track coach,” said Michael Giorlando, D.D.S., athletics director and men’s head basketball coach. “His dedication to Loyola is deeply appreciated.”

In 2000, Hymel worked with a committee of alumni to raise funds to create professorships in memory of the Rev. Joseph A. Butt, S.J., and Dean Henry Engler, who were instrumental in starting and developing the College of Business at Loyola University New Orleans.

A past recipient of the College of Business Alumnus of the Year Award, Hymel also worked to complete funding for the Dr. John V. Connor Professorship in Economics and Finance in memory of the founding dean of the College of Business.

For additional information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-798-ALUM or 504-861-5454, or e-mail alumni@loyno.edu.