Five coaches who made their mark in four sports help headline the 2016 induction class for the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame.
The late Don Shows and Kenny Guillot are the football coaches in the group that also includes volleyball coach Brenda LeBlanc, girls basketball coach Steve McDowell and baseball coach M.L. Woodruff.
Baseball star Todd Walker and journalist Ron Brocato round out the seven-member group that will be honored during an induction banquet set for April 12 at the Crowne Plaza.
Shows compiled a 345-78 record in 32 years as a head coach and ranks fourth on Louisiana’s all-time wins list. That total includes a 273-48 record at West Monroe, where he won eight state titles and had six runner-up finishes.
Brocato has worked for different Louisiana publications, including newspapers in Alexandria, Lake Charles and New Orleans authored a book, “The Golden Game: When High School Football was King in New Orleans.” He won the LHSAA’s Prep Journalism award in 2006.
Guillot won four Class 3A state titles at Parkview Baptist between 2001 and 2012 and had one runner-up finish. He had a record of 175-41.
LeBlanc won a total of 12 state titles at Cade-based Episcopal School of Acadiana and St. Joseph’s Academy of Baton Roug. She compiled a record of 786-188.
McDowell put together a career record of 907-173 that included a mark of 738-84 at Shreveport’s Southwood High.
Woodruff, also of Parkview Baptist, finished with a record of 603-163-2. His Eagles teams won 11 state championships in Classes 2A/3A over 27 seasons.
Walker was a star at Bossier City’s Airline High. He He went on to star at LSU and played 12 seasons in the Major Leagues.