Mickles: Working with kids is a calling for Catholic High’s Pete Boudreaux _lowres

Advocate file photo by Richard Alan Hannon -- Catholic’s Pete Boudreaux speaks with, from left, Joel Raborn, Andrew Ellender and Julian Parker before the St. Joseph’s cross country invitational in September 2006.

Catholic High track and cross country coach Pete Boudreaux won’t downplay the importance of his latest honor.

The National Federation of High Schools announced Tuesday that the 74-year-old coach will be inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame this summer.

“This is very significant,” Boudreaux said. “There are not that many people from Louisiana who are in it and I’m very humbled to be selected.

“I’m blown away by this, to be honest with you. I’ve been very fortunate to be surrounded by a great group of athletes, colleagues and my family. They’ve taken me along for the ride and made so many things possible.”

Boudreaux is part of a 12-member class for the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) that will be inducted July 2 at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada.

The 34th Hall of Fame ceremony closes out NFHS’ Summer Meeting.

It will mark the second straight year a Louisiana coach has been inducted into the NFHS Hall of Fame.

Legendary John Curtis football coach J.T. Curtis was inducted last summer at a conference held in New Orleans.

Former Florida quarterback and college coach Steve Spurrier and Marlin Briscoe, the first African American starting quarterback in the NFL, also are part of the class that features five athletes, four coaches, two administrators and one contest official. Former Mississippi High School Activities Association Ennis Proctor also is part of the induction class.

Boudreaux has 43 track and cross country titles during a 48-year career at his alma mater.

His Bears finished as the Division I runner-up at the LHSAA Indoor State meet two weeks ago. Catholic had won the previous nine Division I titles and is the reigning Class 5A outdoor track champion.

Through the years, Boudreaux’s teams have won 16 state titles in cross country, 12 in indoor track and 15 in outdoor track. His teams have finished as a state runner-up 21 times.

“Catholic High has been blessed to have coach Boudreaux in its school,” Catholic Athletic Director J.P. Kelly said. “The 43 state titles he’s won are no where near as significant as the impact he has as a person and a role model for all of us each and every day.”

Boudreaux was previously inducted into the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

In 2014, he became the first high school track coach inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.