Nick Accardo, Holy Rosary track and field coach

Holy Rosary track and field coach Nick Accardo has been named a finalist for the 2014 Brooks Inspiring Coaches Award.

The award honors inspirational track/ and cross country coaches who not only support their teams with time, encouragement, and dedication, but go above and beyond to build and keep their programs strong, make a lasting difference in the lives of their athletes, and inspire not only their own athletes, but others in their communities to run and be active.

“Most of the people nominated have put in 25- or 35-year careers, so I feel honored to be in the company with some of those guys,” Accardo said. “I feel like our program is just getting warmed up. Hopefully this will inspire some of the other kids at the school to start participating in track and field.”

Accardo is in his seventh season at Holy Rosary. He led the school to runners-up finishes at the LHSAA state track meet in 2010 and 2012 in Class C. The school also won the regional title this past season.

Accardo ran cross country at LSU and also ran the mile and the 1,200 meters in indoor track and the 1,500 meters in outdoor track.

Finalists for the award receive prizes, including $5,000 in Brooks running shoes, apparel, and accessories for the school’s team and $500 cash for team expenses. (paid to the school athletic department or booster club).

He will also get to attend an awards ceremony Aug. 5 in Seattle.

Lakeshore to host 7-on-7

Sixteen teams will compete in the Southeast Select 7-on-7 Invitational Tournament that will be played on Friday and Saturday at Lakeshore High School.

The winner of the tournament advanaces to the national tournament that wll be held on July 17-19 in Hoover, Ala.

Pool play will be held on Friday to determine seedings for bracket play that begins Saturday morning.

The championship game is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday.

New Orleans area teams in the tournament are: Covington, Chalmette, De La Salle, Fisher, Fontainebleau, Holy Cross, Lakeshore, Northlake Christian, and Pearl River.

See Rod Walker’s blog at for a complete schedule for Friday’s pool play.

Morgan’s list still broad

St. Augustine’s Stanley Morgan will be one of the nation’s most recruited receivers in the Class of 2015.

The 6-foot, 185-pound Morgan said he hasn’t narrowed his list to a top five yet.

But among the schools he plans to visit are UCLA, Florida and Clemson.

As a junior, Morgan caught 66 passes for 1,077 yards and 13 touchdowns and was named to The New Orleans Advocate’s All-Metro Team for Large Schools.