Zachary native Shannon Browning Foolkes is among five McNeese State University alumni representing five different sports who will be inducted into the McNeese Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 12.
Browning Foolkes (volleyball), Michael Cutright (men’s basketball), Margie Hinton Randleman (women’s basketball and volleyball), Bryan Smith (football) and Verril Young (track) will be honored at a reception at 5 p.m. in the Cowboy Room prior to McNeese’s 6 p.m. kickoff against the University of the Incarnate Word.
The five will officially be inducted during a halftime ceremony.
A 1991 graduate of Zachary High School, Browning Foolkes played volleyball, basketball, softball and tennis and ran cross country for the Lady Broncos, lettering in all five sports.
She was named MVP of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s East-West All-Star Volleyball game in 1991 and was inducted into the ZHS Hall of Fame.
She attended McNeese on a volleyball scholarship and played for the Cowgirls from 1991 to 1994, leading the team in assists all four years.
She earned first team All-Southland Conference honors her sophomore through senior seasons, including in 1992, when she led the league with 12.41 assists per set average. Browning Foolkes also topped the conference her freshman season with a 10.73 average.
In addition to her assists, she led the Southland with 68 service aces as a sophomore.
The Zachary native earned All-Louisiana honors as a sophomore, junior and senior and helped the Cowgirls to back-to-back conference runner-up spots in both 1993 and 1994. She was named to the 1992 and 1993 Southland Conference All-Tournament teams.
Browning Foolkes is ranked second in the McNeese record book with 4,499 career assists.
The McNeese Athletic Hall of Fame is selected by a committee of 11 members. The new inductees bring the total number in the hall to 145.
After graduating from McNeese and earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees, she married McNeese athlete Trevor Foolkes, of Cork, Ireland.
The couple has four children and resides in Moss Bluff, where Browning Foolkes is principal of Sam Houston High School.
She is the oldest daughter of Bates Browning and Julia Cooper Browning.
“I was thrilled to be elected into the McNeese Hall of Fame. All of the hard work traveling and playing volleyball paid off and can be contributed to my coaches, teammates, friends and family, but most importantly, to my parents,” Browning Foolkes said. “I’m very grateful to everyone for their support.”