Delhomme, Faulk, Girouard Highlight LA Sports Hall Of Fame 2015 Class
Quarterback Jake Delhomme, running back Kevin Faulk, and softball coach Yvette Girouard highlight the 2015 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame class.
Joining them are former NBA point guard and the 2006 NBA Coach of the Year Avery Johnson, former ULM football coach Pat Collins, former Southern football coach Otis Washington, former NFL cornerback Leonard Smith, and thoroughbred horse racing trainer Frank Brothers.
The Louisiana Sports Writers Association, the parent organization of the Hall of Fame, released the announcement Tuesday afternoon.
Below is a list of the 2015 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame bios for Girouard, Faulk, & Delhomme, provided to the Louisiana sports media.
Yvette Girouard - A 2005 inductee into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the former University of Louisiana and LSU coach piled up 1,285 wins -- fourth-most in NCAA history (as of the end of 2014) -- in a sparkling 31-year career. She was 759-250 from 1981-2000 with the Ragin’ Cajuns and 526-171-1 at LSU from 2001 until her retirement after the 2011 season. Her career total of 1,285-421-1 produced a winning percentage of .755. Girouard started the Ragin’ Cajuns program at her alma mater, going 7-15 in the inaugural season in 1981. After that, she compiled 30 consecutive winning seasons. She took her teams to five Women’s College World Series -- 1993 (3rd-place finish),’95 (5th) and ’96 (5th) at her alma mater, then guided LSU to Oklahoma City in 2001 (3rd) and ’04 (3rd). She had a total of 19 40-win seasons (10 at UL, 9 at LSU) and nine 50-seasons (6 with the Tigers, 3 with the Ragin’ Cajuns). Girouard won 50 games in six of her first seven seasons at LSU, topped by a 59-11 record in her first season there in 2001, and won three SEC regular-season titles (’01, ’02 and ’04) and four SEC Tournament titles (’01, ’02, ’04, and ’07). She was the driving force behind building Tiger Park, one of the nation’s top collegiate softball facilities which opened in 2009. From 2001-04, she had an amazing 222-52 record. She produced back-to-back records of 57-7 and 57-5 in 1993 and ’94 with the Ragin’ Cajuns. Girouard coached 41 All-Americans and 16 Academic All-Americans in her 31 seasons. She was an eight-time conference Coach of the Year in the Southland (1984, ’85 and ’87), Sun Belt (2000) and SEC (2001, ’02, ’06, ‘11). Girouard won her 1,000th game with an 8-3 decision over Arkansas on April 6, 2005 and became only the third coach to record a 1,200th victory, doing so in the NCAA Tournament in 2009. Girouard, one of only three coaches to take two teams to the WCWS, was the National Fastpitch Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 1990 and 1993. Born 5-14-54 in Lafayette.
Kevin Faulk - A former Carencro High School and LSU star, Faulk played in 161 games in 13 NFL seasons with the New England Patriots (1999-2011) and won three Super Bowl rings, played in a fourth title game and was inactive for a fifth. Former second-round draft pick (46th overall) was a dependable, speedy running back who could scratch out the tough yards -- especially on third down -- and was a capable receiver out of the backfield. Rushed for 3,607 yards, averaging 4.2 yards per carry, and also caught 431 passes for 3,701 yards. Scored 31 total touchdowns (16 rushing, 15 receiving). Was a standout kick returner as well, averaging 22.6 yards with two TDs on 181 kickoff returns and 9.3 yards on 101 punt returns. All told, the compact 5-foot-8, 202-pounder amassed 12,349 all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving, kick returns) in his career. His best season was in 2003 when he rushed for 638 yards and added 440 receiving yards on 48 receptions. In 18 career playoff games, in which his team was 14-4, he rushed for 425 yards and caught 51 passes for 412 yards. Was a four-year star at LSU (1995-98), rushing for a school-record 4,557 yards -- which at the time was second-most in SEC history behind Herschel Walker’s 5,259 yards. A three-time All-SEC pick and AP All-America selection in 1998, he rushed for 1,144 yards and 15 TDs as a junior in 1997 and backed it up with 1,279 yards and 12 TDs after returning for his senior campaign -- leading the SEC both years -- and finished with 22 100-yard games and four 200-yard games. Still holds SEC record with 6,833 career all-purpose yards. Was a two-time Class 5A Offensive MVP at Carencro, where he had 7,612 all-purpose yards and 89 TDs and earned USA Today and Parade All-America honors. Born 6-5-1976 in Lafayette.
Jake Delhomme - A record-setting quarterback at the University of Louisiana, where he threw for 9,216 yards and 64 TDs with 57 interceptions from 1993-96, Delhomme led Carolina to the Super Bowl to highlight an 11-year NFL career, seven with the Panthers. The Breaux Bridge native was an undrafted free agent who signed with the Saints and spent three seasons on their practice squad. His career took off when he signed in 2003 with the Carolina Panthers, leading them to Super Bowl XXXVIII in his first season there. In an 11-year NFL career, he threw for 20,975 yards with 126 TDs and 101 interceptions while completing 59.4 percent of his passes. Played in 103 games with 96 starts, posting a 56-40 record as a starter in the regular-season and a 5-3 mark in playoff starts. Most of his success came in seven seasons with the Panthers and set club records for passing yards (19,258), TD passes (120) and game-winning drives (23). In his first season in Carolina, he led the Panthers to an 11-5 record, NFC South title and berth in the Super Bowl, where he nearly led his team to a victory against the New England Patriots before falling 32-29 on a field goal in the final seconds. He completed 16 of 33 passes for 323 yards with three TDs, going 9-of-14 for 211 yards and two scores in a fantastic fourth quarter in which the Panthers outscored Tom Brady and the Patriots 19-18. Delhomme threw a 5-yard TD on the final pass of his NFL career with the Houston Texans in 2011. Born 1-10-1975 in Breaux Bridge.