NATCHITOCHES – All-Americans Latrell Frederick and Jermaine Jones, NFL standout Floyd Turner, softball slugger Brandy Kenney, tennis star Barbara Tons and basketball professional Larry Terry headline nine Northwestern State athletic figures to be honored Oct. 27 at the 2018 N-Club Hall of Fame ceremony during the Demons’ homecoming celebration.
Joining the six athletes as inductees in the Class of 2018 are former softball and volleyball coach Rickey McCalister and retired athletic trainer Ed Evans. Becoming the second-ever recipient of the N-Club’s Leadership Award will be venerable NSU vice president Jerry Pierce.
They were selected by a combination of voting by members of the N-Club, the association of former athletic letterwinners at NSU, and a committee of N-Club members and NSU administrators.
Enshrinement in the N-Club Hall of Fame is the highest honor Northwestern bestows on its former competitors and staff. Those receiving N-Club Hall of Fame recognition are showcased in the brand-new N-Club display in Prather Coliseum.
The 2018 ceremony is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Magale Recital Hall, open to the public free of charge. The 2018 honorees will also be recognized that evening in Turpin Stadium during the Demon football team’s game against Houston Baptist.
Frederick was a three-time All-American in the javelin in 2000, 2001 and 2003, along with capturing the 1999 USA Junior National championship as a Demon freshman. The Benton native won three Southland Conference titles while overcoming a serious elbow injury throwing 255-7 at the USA Outdoors, coming back from surgery to win the conference title the following May.
Frederick was fifth at the NCAA Outdoors in 2000 and 2001, and 12th as a senior in 2003. He set the school record for the redesigned javelin with a 261-3 throw to win the NCAA Mideast Regional championship in 2003, nearly a year after his injury.
Jones, a high school basketball standout in Morgan City, played football at NSU from 1995-98 and developed into a consensus All-America cornerback on the Demons’ dynamic 1998 Southland Conference championship team that reached the FCS playoff semifinals and with a No. 3 national ranking. As a senior, Jones was runner-up for the Buck Buchanan Award voted to the top defensive player in the FCS, along with winning 1998 Southland Conference Player of the Year and All-Louisiana Defensive Player of the Year.
He scored five touchdowns on returns (two interceptions, two punts and a fumble) while setting the school record for career pass breakups (44) with future Pro Bowl standout Terrence McGee, setting the single-season record in 1998 with 21. A fifth-round NFL Draft pick (Jets) in 1999 despite his size (5-7, 172), Jones became a star in the Arena League for Dallas in a career that lasted until 2008.
Turner, a walk-on from Mansfield, set the Demons’ career receptions record (105, now sixth) while starring for the 1988 Southland Conference champions who reached the FCS quarterfinals. Turner’s 1,810 career receiving yards was second in school history when he wrapped up his career, and now stands fourth.
He was a 1989 sixth-round NFL Draft pick by New Orleans, playing nine years in the NFL with the Saints (1989-93), Colts (1994-95) and the Ravens (1996, 1998), In 114 NFL games, he had 281 catches for 3,805 yards and 31 touchdowns.
Kenney was a three-time All-Southland third baseman and designated player who helped the Lady Demons win three Southland softball titles in 1998, 1999 and 2000. She started a school-record 225 games and had a career .313 batting average with 22 home runs, 120 RBI, a .509 slugging percentage, setting school records with 225 starts, 216 hits, 352 total bases, and 62 doubles, which remains a program best nearly 20 years after her career ended.
Kenney was the 1998 Co-Hitter of the Year in the Southland and was a three-year All-Southland Tournament selection, helping NSU make NCAA Tournament appearances in 1998 and 2000.
Terry, a Ponchatoula native, has two of the top single-game scoring outputs in school history, a 39-point outing that ranks fourth and a 35-pointer that is sixth. He scored 1,342 points (13.2 average) from 1991-94, including a senior season average of 22.5 that is fourth in school history.
Terry took part in NBA preseason camps with the Boston Celtics and New Jersey Nets while also playing 10 seasons professionally overseas, reaching an All-Star Game in 1998. He helped the 1991-92 Demons lead the NCAA with a 94.5 scoring average.
Tons was a highly successful Lady Demon tennis player from 1986-89 who helped NSU win conference championships as a freshman and senior. She is fourth all-time in school history with her .814 career doubles winning percentage, eighth in doubles wins (87-14), and eighth on the career singles victory list (46-22). NSU was 50-18 in dual match play in her career.
Evans was head athletic trainer from 1989-2012 who served on the sports medicine staff in parts of five decades, beginning as a graduate assistant from 1979-82. He emerged as a leader in the field, serving 12 years as an officer (six years as president) of the Louisiana Athletic Trainers’ Association, and on the Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness. In 2004, he was named the regional “College Athletic Trainer of the Year” by the Southeastern USA Athletic Trainers Association, encompassing seven states including Louisiana, Georgia and Kentucky.
McCalister served in a unique capacity as head softball and volleyball coach from 1987-94 and was manager of Prather Coliseum until 1994, with his greatest accomplishments coming on the diamond. His 245-199-2 (.545) coaching record in softball made him the school’s winningest coach until this spring, when coach Donald Pickett overtook the win total.
McCalister’s teams were 120-56-2 from 1990-92, highlighted by the 1991 Southland Conference championship team that won 44 games. He recruited and coached NSU’s first softball All-American, catcher Rhonda Rube, and also coached the other Lady Demon with a retired jersey, outfielder Ginger Craig, in her senior season of 1987. One of his assistant coaches was former Demon tight end Glenn Moore, now the highly-successful head coach at Baylor.
Pierce has been involved with Demon athletics since his days as a student manager/trainer for coach Jack Clayton’s football teams from 1958-61. He has overseen athletics as an administrator since the mid-1970s and became NSU’s vice president for external affairs in 1990.
He is also responsible for bringing the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame to Natchitoches in 1971, establishing a display in Prather Coliseum and hosting the first induction (Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle) in 1972. After 19 years as Hall of Fame chairman, he relinquished the role when appointed vice president.
2018 N-Club Hall of Fame Inductees
Ed Evans (trainer, 1979-82, 1989-2012) – head athletic trainer from 1989-2012 whose service to Demon and Lady Demon student-athletes spanned five decades (began as a GA in 1979) as he became a leader in the sports medicine profession statewide … graduate assistant trainer under Eugene Christmas from 1979-82 … demonstrated tireless dedication to the thousands of student-athletes he served, provided innovative service as NSU’s corps of athletes nearly doubled largely due to the expansion of women’s sports during his tenure … served six years as president of the LATA and six more years as secretary/treasurer … enshrined in the LATA Hall of Fame in 2000 … In 2004, named the regional “College Athletic Trainer of the Year” by the Southeastern Athletic Trainers Association, which includes members in seven states ranging from Louisiana to Georgia and Kentucky …. a year later, he was presented honorary membership in the Graduate N Club. Only four other people had received that honor … a member of the Advisory Committee on Athletic Training for the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners … also served on the Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness, appointed in 2000 by then Gov. Mike Foster.
Latrell Frederick (track and field, 1999-2003) – Former walk-on became a three-time All-American in the javelin (2000, 2001, 2003) who won three Southland Conference championships and the 1999 USA Junior national title … holds school record (with the “modern” javelin) with a 261-3 to win the NCAA Mideast Regional title in 2003 … he overcame a serious elbow injury while throwing 255-7 at the 2002 USA Outdoors, an injury that sidelined him until the next May’s Southland Outdoors, where he won his third consecutive conference title with a 231-5 mark … at the NCAA Outdoors, was fifth in 2000 and 2001, 12th as a senior in 2003).
Jermaine Jones (football, 1995-98) – Consensus All-America cornerback in 1998 was runner-up for the Buck Buchanan Award voted to the top defensive player in the FCS (then Division I-AA) … 1998 Southland Player of the Year and All-Louisiana Defensive Player of the Year … scored 5 TDs on returns (2 interceptions, 2 punts, 1 fumble) as Demons reached national semifinals, won second straight Southland crown … 1999 NFL Draft fifth-round pick (Jets) at just 5-7, 172 … became a star in the Arena Football League in Dallas, earning 12 Defensive Player of the Game awards and a 2007 All-Arena League second-team honor for the Desperados in a career that lasted through 2008 (448 tackles, 29 interceptions, 7 TDs in 106 games) after spending time with six NFL teams, including twice with the Cowboys … two year first-team All-Southland … shares school record for pass breakups (44) with Terrence McGee, owns single-season mark with 21 as a senior in 1998… chosen among the Top 100 Demon Football Players selected in the 2007 centennial celebration of NSU football.
Brandy Kenney (softball, 1997-2000) – A three-year All-Southland Conference third baseman and designated player who ranks among the best hitters in Lady Demon history … helped NSU win three straight Southland Conference championships in 1998, 1999 and 2000 … started a school-record 225 games from 1997-2000, a figure that now ranks fourth … her 216 career hits, which broke All-American Rhonda Rube’s school record, now ranks fourth … she still holds the school record for career doubles (62), breaking Rube’s mark by 17 (it ranks second) … Co-Hitter of the Year in the Southland in 1998 (.305, 4 HR, 33 RBI) … All-Southland Tournament in 1997, 1999, 2000 … honorable mention All-Southland as a freshman in 1997 … career .313 batting average (3rd in school history at end of her career), 22 home runs (2nd then), 120 RBI (2nd), .509 slugging percentage (2nd), set school record with 352 total bases.
Rickey McCalister (volleyball, softball coach, 1987-94) – coached volleyball and softball simultaneously from 1987-94, managed Prather Coliseum from 1987-93… posted a 245-199-2 (.552) record as softball coach with a 124-56-2 run from 1990-92 as the cornerstone … recruited and coached NSU’s first softball All-American, Rhonda Rube, recently the first softball player or coach enshrined in the Southland Conference Hall of Honor (McCalister introduced her at the May ceremony) …his Lady Demons won the 1991 SLC softball title … he kept the Lady Demon volleyball program competitive in its first years in the Southland Conference.
Larry Terry (men’s basketball, 1991-94) – Explosive scoring forward who ranks 15th all-time in school history for scoring (1,342 points, 102 games, 13.2 average) … his senior average of 22.5 (449 points, 20th all-time) ranks fourth in Demon history … has two of the top six single-game totals at NSU: 39 points vs. North Texas as a senior is No. 4, 35 against Arkansas Baptist ranks sixth …first-team All-Southland Conference as a senior … ninth in school history with 91 career blocked shots … led Demons in rebounding as a sophomore … played professionally overseas and took part in NBA training camps with New Jersey Nets and Boston Celtics… helped 1991-92 Demons lead NCAA with 94.5 scoring average.
Barbara Tons (tennis 1986-89)– fourth in career doubles winning percentage (.814), eighth on the career doubles wins list (57-13), and eighth on the career singles winning percentage (.676, 46-22) list among four-year players … helped Lady Demons win 1986, 1989 conference titles and compile a 50-18 dual match record in her four seasons.
Floyd Turner (football, 1985-89)– A walk-on who set the career receptions record (105, now 6th) and ranks fourth in receiving yardage (1,810, was second), Turner was first-team All-Southland for the 1988 SLC champions … a sixth-round 1989 NFL Draft pick, the Mansfield native played nine NFL seasons (1989-93 with the Saints, also with the Colts 1994-95, and the Ravens (1996, 1998) … in 114 games, he had 281 catches for 3,805 yards and 31 TDs, including a 927-yard, 64-reception career year with Bobby Hebert throwing to him in 1991 … chosen among the Top 100 Demon Football Players selected in the 2007 centennial celebration of NSU football.
N-Club Leadership Award recipient
Jerry Pierce (administrator, 1965-present)– A former manager/trainer under Coach Jack Clayton for the Demon football team during his undergraduate days at Northwestern, Pierce has overseen NSU Athletics since the mid-1970s, ultimately as Vice President of External Affairs since 1990 … a 1961 NSU journalism graduate, Pierce began his career at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and became sports editor before coming home to NSU Sept. 13, 1965 … he has worked behind the scenes but with significant impact with administrators and coaches, including athletics directors Tynes Hildebrand (1983-96) and Greg Burke (1996-present), as NSU Athletics has expanded in sport offerings and staff size after attaining NCAA Division I membership in 1977 and being the first Louisiana institution to offer full athletic scholarships for women in 1975 … Pierce served in several capacities as a Southland Conference officer, including a term as conference president … Pierce is also responsible for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame’s location in Natchitoches, serving as chairman from 1971 when he spreadheaded creation of a display in Prather Coliseum, until 1990 when he became an NSU vice president … he was part of a USTA championship tennis squad in the 1990s.