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.