Five longtime coaches, a coach/administrator, an athlete and an official highlight the group who will be inducted into the 2014 class of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association/Louisiana High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
This year’s class of Opelousas High’s Larry Dauterive, Welsh High’s Marion Dutton Wall, Woodlawn High of Shreveport’s A.L. Williams, Vidalia High’s Dalton “Dee” Faircloth, Buckeye’s C.G. ‘Corky’ Yates, Jennings High’s Danny Ray Miller, St. Amant’s Leigh Michelle Heintze and Sarepta High’s James R. Boyett not only left an impression on their state, respective sports, individual schools and communities, but drew nationwide acclaim as well.
The four football coaches — Opelousas’ Larry Dauterive, Welsh’s Marin Dutton Wall, Woodlawn’s A.L. Williams, and Vidalia’s Dalton ‘Dee’ Faircloth — coached a total of 1,250 football games and had a 167 years of combined head coaching experience.
An additional coach, Jennings’ Danny Ray Miller, became Louisiana’s all-time winningest ‘5-on-5’ girls’ basketball coach with 854 wins compiled during a brilliant 33-year career in southwest Louisiana. Buckeye’s C.G. ‘Corky’ Yates, whose career spanned more than 53 years, began as a four-sport competitor, continued as a highly successful high school football, basketball and golf coach and then concluded as a respected and admired administrator.
St. Amant’s Leah Michelle Heintze dominated Class 5A softball during her four-year stint, and Sarepta’s James R. Boyett officiated hundreds of basketball and baseball games as well as numerous tournaments during a 38-year career.
The induction ceremony-banquet for the will be 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 the Crown Plaza in Baton Rouge. The ceremony will be held in conjunction with the LHSAA’s annual convention which will take place Jan. 29-31.
With the addition of the eight inductees, the LHSAA-LHSCA Hall of Fame ranks will grow to a total of 267 members.
Clark Glenn “Corky” Yates
All one must do is examine his entire body of work to understand how Corky Yates’ career … no his life ... has been intertwined in all facets of more than 56 years spent in high school starting as an athlete, then coach, and finally as an administrator.
A 1957 graduate at Pineville High School, Yates earned nine letters in baseball, basketball, football and track and led the area in scoring with 406 points his senior year. He earned all-state honors in basketball (1957).
His athletic prowess garnered him a scholarship at Louisiana College where he lettered in two sports (football and baseball) and played in three (he also played basketball for one season besides football and baseball) for the Wildcats.
As a highly successful assistant and head coach, Yates coached for 26 years at 5 different schools. He began his coaching career at St. Francisville (1963-65) followed by stops at Pineville (1965-68), Bossier City (1968-1970) and Alexandria Senior High (1988-1989). However, it was at Bolton High School in Alexandria where he coached the longest (14 years from 1970-1984).
In 1970, he joined the staff of Aubrey Sanders as his assistant and his offensive coordinator, a position he would hold for six years (1970-1976). He would spent a year on A.L. Williams’ staff at Northwestern State University as a grad assistant before returning to Bolton as the Bears’ head coach. He would guide Bolton for the next seven years (1977-1984).
Yates, one of the top golfers in Central Louisiana, wrapped up his coaching days at ASH, where he led the Trojan golf team to a regional championship in 1989.
Whether as an assistant or a head coach, success just seemed to follow him. He led St. Francisville to a district basketball title in 1964 and the following year took his squad to the Top 20 where they finished as Class B runners-up.
He was selected as District Coach of the Year in 1964 and the following year was chosen by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association as the 1965 Class B Coach of the Year.
Among Pineville, Bossier City and Bolton, the three schools combined for eight district titles, including 4 straight titles while an assistant at Bolton, a state runners-up finish in 1974 (the Bears lost to Richwood), and a semifinal finish the following year as the Bears lost to Lutcher. In 1983, he guided Bolton to a district football championship. Yates was tabbed as district coach of the year in 1967 (head coach at Pineville) and in 1983 (head coach at Bolton).
He began his career in administration as the principal of Jones Street Junior High School in Alexandria (1989-1990) and then moved out to Buckeye High School as an assistant principal (1987-1988). In 1990, Yates became Buckeye’s principal where he stayed until 1996.
It was during his tenure as Buckeye’s principal that Yates also served as president of the Rapides Parish Association of Principals and Assistant Principals (1992-1993), served a three-year term on the LHSAA Executive Committee as a representative of the Louisiana Association of Principals, and served two years (1995-96) as an LHSAA executive committee member.
After his retirement from the school system, Yates continued to serve the state as he was a member of the LHSAA Visitation Team (1996-2010), an investigator for the rules compliance committee, and president of the Rapides Basketball Officials Association.
In 1996, Yates received the Billy Jack Booth Memorial Sportsmanship Award (for contributions to the promotion of sportsmanship). In 2003, the LHSAA awarded him the Super Sport Award and in 2005, the Distinguished Service Award.
In 1960, A.L. Williams joined the staff of legendary Hall of Fame coach Lee Hedges at they started a football program at a new school in Shreveport … Woodlawn High School. He served as an assistant in football and would also serve as the school’s head track coach (1961-1966).
When Hedges left following the 1965 season to take an assistant football coaching job under Joe Aillet at Louisiana Tech, Williams became the Knights’ head coach.
A strong advocate of the passing game he would turn Woodlawn into a consistent winner by employing an all-out passing attack. While most of his counterparts believed that to win consistently a team must run the football and play strong defense, a determined Williams not only felt he could win by passing the football but could win consistently.
He didn’t waste any time putting his theory to the test.
For the next eight seasons, Woodlawn not only won but dominated the football landscape by capturing five district championships (1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, and 1973), completing two undefeated regular seasons (1966 and 1968) and capturing a 3A state championship in 1968 by employing a wide-open passing game.
During those eight seasons, Williams compiled a 64-25 overall record, was three times named district Coach of the Year (1966, 1968, and 1973) and was selected as the 3A State Coach of the Year in 1968 by the Louisiana Sports Writers.
During his 13-years at Woodlawn, Williams not only showed how effective the passing game could be but is also credited with the development of four future quarterbacking legends in Terry Bradshaw, Joe Ferguson, Billy Laird and John Booty.
Williams left Woodlawn for Northwestern State University in Natchitoches where he coached for nine seasons (1975-1982) before leaving to take the helm at Louisiana Tech from 1983-1986. He returned to the high school ranks in 1996 as head football coach and athletics director at Cedar Creek in Ruston. He retired in 1998.
Success just seemed to follow Larry Dauterive whereever he went during a career that spanned more than 45 years. And the colorful Dautervie made a lot of stops along the way.
In 28 years, he coached at nine different schools, seven as head coach, spent six years as offensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech (1979-1985) and coached professionally in the Canadian Football League as the offensive coordinator of the British Columbia Lions for two years.
He compiled a .792 winning percentage (228-85-1 record) as a head coach during two stints at Opelousas High School in addition to stops at Fatima (now St. Thomas More) in Lafayette, Winnfield, Riverside, East Ascension and Opelousas Catholic. He also served as assistant at Fatima, Lafayette High School and Ouachita Parish High School.
His teams made the state playoffs 23 of 28 years, won 11 district titles, and one of those teams (Winnfield Senior High) finished as state runners-up in 1976 after losing to the Jesuit Flyers of Shreveport 7-6.
With all that winning came the accolades as Dauterive was selected as District Coach of the Year 11 times, SWLA Coach of the Year three times (1969, 1992, 1994), Cenla Coach of the Year (1978), New Orleans Metro Coach of the Year three times (1988, 2005, 2006) and the LSWA Class 4A Coach of the Year in 1994.
Marion Dutton Wall
His 38-year coaching career got its start at Ville Platte High School in 1962 as head coach in basketball and baseball as well as an assistant in football but Dutton Wall is best known for his football teams and track squads.
In 438 games at five different schools, including two stints at Ville Platte and Welsh High School, Wall’s football teams compiled a solid 274-160-2 overall record (a 638 winning percentage), captured 14 district championships and finished as Class 2A state runners-up three times (1973, 1989, 1992).
From 1983 to 2001, track teams at Welsh won 11 district championships. Additionally, three Wall-coached girls’ basketball teams, also, at Welsh were able to capture three straight district crowns (1977-1979).
In addition to being named District Coach of the Year in football, track and girls’ basketball numerous times, Wall was also chosen as the Lake Charles American Press’ Southwest Louisiana Coach of the Year three times (1981, 1989, 1992).
The Louisiana Sports Writers Association selected him as 2A Coach of the Year three times … twice while he was head coach of Welsh (1989, 1992) and once while he was head coach of Sacred Heart of Ville Platte (2005). The LSWA also presented Wall with the prestigious Casey Kozminski Award in 1994.
George Dalton ‘Dee’ Faircloth
Football and coaching have been a part of Dee Faircloth’s life since his birth.
The son of G.D. Faircloth Sr., the younger Faircloth grew up around football as his father coached at several north Louisiana schools including Mangham and Many. A standout quarterback at Mangham High, Faircloth earned a scholarship to Northeast Louisiana University (now University of Louisiana Monroe) and played until he was forced to give up football his sophomore season after being red-shirted following his third concussion.
Even though he could no longer play, Faircloth’s love of the sport led him to serve first as a student assistant in 1965 and later as a graduate assistant in 1966 and 1967 under Dixie White. He received his B.S. Degree from Northeast in 1967 and his Master’s Degree in 1968.
In 1968, upon graduation, he was offered a job by legendary coach Johnny Buck at Kinder but ended up taking a job as an assistant to football coach Don Alonzo at Vidalia. The following year when Alonzo took the head coaching job at St. Aloysius in Vicksburg, Ms., and Faircloth was promoted to head coach. He would spend the next 41 years prowling the Viking sidelines.
During those years, his teams compiled a 249-187-6 overall record, earned 10 district championships, made the state football playoffs 21 times and played in the 1985 River City Bowl. His 2002 and 2003 teams had back-to-back 10-0 season. That 2003 squad advanced to the 2A semis before falling to eventual state champs West St. John of Edgard.
In addition to racking up the wins, Faircloth also picked up his share of awards and accolades. The Vidalia High School Football Stadium was named for him in 2005. There is a street in Vidalia named after him.
He earned District Coach of the Year nine times, Miss-Lou Coach of the Year 6 times, and Central Louisiana Coach of the Year in 2003. In 2003, he also received the National Football Hall of Fame’s Contribution to Amateur Football Award and was selected as the Educator the Year in Vidalia. A member of the LHSAA Elite Coaches Club, Faircloth received the Southwest coaches and officials Coach Rex Award in 1996 and the Alexandria Officials Association Sportsmanship Award in 1997. In 2009, he was selected as Vidalian of the Year.
During his time at the school, Faircloth coached more than just football. He was also the head basketball coach for one season (1969), head track coach from 1969-1989 and assistant softball coach from 1997-2001. It is estimated he coached more than 3,000 kids at the school during his long and illustrious career.
Daniel “Danny” Ray Miller
Danny Miller was no stranger to success.
Over the course of his 33-year coaching career, Miller not only coached girls basketball but also girls track, volleyball and boys and girls cross country. But it was on the hard court that he is probably best known.
He started at Jennings High School where he coached for 14 years, spent another nine at Iota, had four year stays at Elton and Grand Lake. When he finally did step away from coaching, it was as Louisiana’s all-time winningest girls 5-on-5 coach with 854 wins.
He won 21 district championships, three state championships – two in AAA (1988 and 1989) and two in AA (1992), finished state runners-up in AA (1994), and finished as an honorable mention selection on the USA Today’s Girls Basketball Top 25 in 1988.
His track team at Jennings won the AAA state championship in 1980 while his squad at Elton finished as the AA state runners-up in 2002. He also led the Jennings volleyball team to its first district title in 1983 and won another in 1984.
Miller’s coaching success also brought him numerous honors including being selected as district coach of the year 18 times, being voted as the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s AAA Girls Basketball Coach of the Year (1982, 1988, 1989) and AA Girls Coach of the Year (1992 and 1988). He was nominated by the LHSAA for National High School Coach of the Year in 1990.
He was chosen as the All-Acadiana Coach of the Year five times (1992, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999) and was additional named as the LHSBCA, Southwest Coach of the Year twice (1992, 1994).
Leah Michelle Heintze
A four-year standout at St. Amant High School, Leah Heintze dominated Class 5A softball from 2002-2005 as a pitcher in leading the Lady Gators to four straight 5A state championships.
On the mound, she won 85.8 percent of her games in compiling a 99-7-7 overall record, which also included a 19-0 record in the playoffs. She also had a career ERA of 0.43 while striking out 931 for an average of 8.2 per game.
She was four-time all-district player, four-time LHSCA all-stater, and a three-time Louisiana Sports Writer Association all-stater. She was a second team All-American in 2004 and a four-time Academic All-American. In 2004, she was selected as the LSWA’s ‘Miss Softball’ and Gatorade softball Player of the Year for Louisiana.
James R. Boyett
A 1951 graduate of Sarepta High School, James R. Boyett would go on to be an ‘ironman’ in basketball and baseball officiating.
While a student at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, Boyett began an officiating career in basketball that spanned more than 38 years. After his graduation from Tech in 1957, he became a math teacher and taught at Minden High School (1960-1987) and Lowe Junior High School (1960-1987).
As a basketball official, he would officiate hundreds of games in Ruston, Shreveport and Minden Associations. During that time, he is also credited with more than 100 basketball playoff games as well as numerous officiated numerous Sweet 16 and Top 28 basketball games. He also served 15 years as the basketball assignment secretary.
He also spent more than 34 years as a baseball umpire for the Minden Association from 1959-1993. He is credited with umpiring over 200 tournaments and playoff games.
He also spent 10 years umpiring baseball games.
Boyett is currently a salesman for Minden Athletic Supply, a position he has held for more than 23 years.