Louisiana’s most successful high school football coach is headed to the Hall of Fame.
J.T. Curtis, head coach at John Curtis, is one of 12 individuals selected for the 2015 class of the National High School Hall of Fame.
Curtis has compiled a remarkable 542-58-6 record in 46 years as coach of the Patriots. The 542 wins ranks second all-time among high school coaches.
He could not be reached for comment on Thursday.
Curtis has led his teams to 26 state championships in 35 appearances in the LHSAA state title game, and the school has reached the championship game for 19 consecutive years. In 2012, his team was the consensus national champion and he was named USA Today Coach of the Year for the second time. Curtis is also the school’s athletic director, overseeing a program that has won more than 50 state championships in eight different sports, and the school’s headmaster.
Curtis is one of five coaches being inducted into the class. He will be joined by David Barney (swimming coach in New Mexico); Rick Lorenz (volleyball coach in Oregon); Don Petranovich (basketball coach in Arizona) and Charles “Corky” Rogers (football coach in Florida).
The class also includes athletes Jackie Stiles (the leading scorer in NCAA women’s basketball history), Cindy Brogdon, Nikki McCray-Penson and Lincoln McIlravy.
The other three inductees are Joseph Pangrazio, a longtime football and basketball official, Doug Chickering, former director of high school athletics in Wisconsin, and Mie Burton, a speech and debate coach from Washington.
The induction ceremony will be held on July 2 at the New Orleans Marriott during the annual NFHS summer meeting.