A national champion, a pair of NFL veterans and one of the Demons of Destiny highlight the Northwestern State N-Club Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
The 12-member group will be inducted and honored at 9 a.m. on Oct. 22 ahead of Northwestern State’s Homecoming game against Southeast Missouri. Kickoff for the game is set for 1 p.m.
Trecey Rew-Hoover, the 2011 NCAA Outdoor discus champion, leads the 10-member class of competitive inductees while, for the first time, the N-Club Pioneer Award will be given to a pair of former Northwestern State competitors.
Joining Rew-Hoover in the induction class are 2002 Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year Roy Locks, seven-year NFL veteran and 2002 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships qualifier Craig Nall, All-American cornerback David Pittman, 2006 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament MVP Clifton Lee, three-time All-Southland Conference member and the conference’s former career 3-point record holder Kia Converse, softball standouts Erin Mancuso and Amanda Ortego, who combined for seven All-Southland Conference honors, five-time Southland Conference hurdles champion and NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship qualifier Brittany Littlejohn and 2002 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year O.J. King.
Trailblazers Louise “Do” Bonin and Melvin Howard will be honored with the N-Club Pioneer Award, which was first awarded to innovative strength and conditioning coach Al Miller in 2021.
The 12-person class was selected by a combination of voting by members of the N-Club, the association of former Northwestern State athletic letterwinners, and a committee comprising N-Club members and NSU administrators.
Enshrinement in the N-Club Hall of Fame is among the highest honors NSU bestows on its former competitors and staff. Those receiving N-Club Hall of Fame recognition are showcased in a digital N-Club display in Prather Coliseum.
Rew-Hoover was a three-time All-American as well as an Academic All-American who defeated competitors from Power Five schools like Arizona State and Tennessee with a throw of 192-4 to capture the 2011 national championship in the discus. She added a second-team All-American honor that same year after finishing 15th nationally in the shot put. Her performance in the ring and in the classroom earned her the 2011 NCAA Division I Field Events Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Rew-Hoover was a two-time NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifier who earned three All-American honors and was an eight-time Southland Conference individual event champion. Her national discus title was the first national title won by a Lady Demon track and field competitor.
Nall spent one season at Northwestern State but left his impact on two programs. An LSU transfer, Nall threw for 2,361 yards in 10 games, a mark that was second in school single-season history at the time and remains sixth in that category. He threw for 326 yards and led the Demons to a 27-24 win against bowl-bound TCU and helped push the Demons into the FCS Playoffs where it gave eventual national champion Montana its toughest postseason challenge. Nall spent the spring throwing the javelin for the NSU track team and qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a throw of 227-11. A member of the Top 100 Demon Players of All-Time, Nall spent seven years in the NFL, mostly as Brett Favre’s backup in Green Bay and finished his career with a 123.8 passer rating and five touchdowns.
Pittman was a 2005 All-American cornerback and a third-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens the following spring. A Gramercy native, Pittman spent one season with Baltimore and also saw time with New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Houston before playing for the Calgary Stampeders and the then-Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. Pittman was named an All-American after recording 36 tackles (1.5 for loss), nine pass breakups, an interception and a forced fumble in 2005 and was the lone FCS player to participate in the 2006 Senior Bowl. A two-time, first-team All-Southland selection, Pittman’s 11 interceptions remain tied for ninth in NSU career history. A two-sport standout, Pittman was part of the 4×400 relay team that reached the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships and won the 2003 SLC Outdoor title with Pittman scoring points in the 100 meters, the 4×100 relay and the 4×400 relay.
Locks earned 2002 Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year acclaim and All-American honors after recording 70 tackles (16.5 for loss) and 10 sacks for a defense that ranked in the top 10 nationally. A defensive end, Locks started all 47 games in his Demon career, finishing with 224 career tackles, including 37.5 for loss, and helping the Demons make consecutive FCS Playoff appearances in 2001 and 2002. A member of the Top 100 Demon Players of All-Time, Locks was a member of the 2001 and 2002 Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field championship teams as a shot putter.
A 6-foot-7 forward, Lee was a driving force behind the “Demons of Destiny,” who upset third-seeded Iowa in the 2006 NCAA Tournament on Jermaine Wallace’s buzzer-beating, 3-pointer. Lee was the 2006 Southland Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player and helped the Demons collect regular-season wins at Mississippi State and Oklahoma State and against Oregon State in a neutral-site matchup. A product of Northwood High School in Lena, Lee led the Demons in scoring (14.2 ppg) and rebounding (6.2) while shooting 51.6 percent from the floor. A National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District and All-Louisiana honoree, Lee finished his career as the school’s No. 11 all-time scorer with 1,391 points (now 15th) and seventh in career rebounds with 722 (now 9th). Lee was chosen to the “Fab 50” from the modern era on the Demons All-Century Team during the 2012-13 basketball centennial celebration.
Converse established the Southland Conference’s career 3-point record, knocking down 218 career 3s en route to three All-Southland Conference honors, including two first-team nods. A two-time All-Louisiana selection, Converse remains second on NSU’s career 3-point list and her 81 made 3s in the 1999-2000 season are still third in single-season history after standing as the school record for 16 years. A two-time All-Southland Conference Tournament selection, Converse scored 13 points in the Lady Demons’ visit to Arkansas in the WNIT her sophomore season. She finished her NSU career with averages of 12.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, helping the Lady Demons produce an 86-31 overall and 61-12 Southland Conference mark.
A power-hitting first baseman, Mancuso earned All-Southland Conference honors three times in her Lady Demon career, including a first-team honor in 2001, as well as first-team All-Louisiana honors in 2000 and 2001. As a sophomore, Mancuso authored the top home run season in NSU softball history, blasting 18 home runs, which ranked fourth nationally, as well as established single-season records for RBIs (49, now fourth), runs (44, now fourth) and total bases (132, now second). A career .308 hitter in a pitching-dominated era, Mancuso left NSU as the program record holder in career slugging percentage (.585), home runs (38) and RBIs (127) and was a three-time All-Southland Conference Tournament selection. With Mancuso in the lineup, the Lady Demons went 147-90 overall and 78-27 in Southland play, winning a pair of conference regular-season titles in 1999 and 2000.
Ortego was teammates with Mancuso during the 2000 SLC title season, earning one of her three third-team All-Southland honors. A four-time all-conference honoree, Ortego helped lead the Lady Demons to two NCAA Tournaments under different coaches. She set school career records for strikeouts (694) and innings pitched (687 2-3) that still stand nearly two decades after her playing career. Ortego remains second in school history in wins (59) and career shutouts (19) – trailing fellow N-Club Hall of Famers Kellie Shotwell and Nancy Percle in those categories. Ortego earned the 2002 Southland Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player honor, pitching the Lady Demons to the tournament title as part of a 54 1-3-inning scoreless streak that extended into the NCAA Tournament against LSU.
Like Ortego, Littlejohn established a long-standing school record during at NSU career that saw her win five of a possible six Southland Conference hurdles titles in her final three seasons. Littlejohn’s wind-aided 13.13 mark in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2003 NCAA Mideast Regional not only advanced her to a second straight NCAA Outdoor Championship, it set a school record. A two-time NCAA Outdoor qualifier, Littlejohn owned the 60-meter hurdles at the Southland Indoor Championships, winning three straight tiles from 2001-03 while adding 100-meter outdoor titles in 2002 and 2003.
A junior college transfer, King earned superlative honors from the Southland Conference in each of his two years in a Demon uniform – collecting Newcomer of the Year acclaim in 2001 and the Pitcher of the Year award in 2002. A right-hander from Oklahoma, King established the school single-game strikeout record, fanning 15 Lamar batters on March 15, 2002. A workhorse whose 106 innings pitched in 2002 remain seventh in school single-season history, King helped pitch the Demons to consecutive regular-season Southland titles and an overall 81-34 mark in his two-year career. Cincinnati drafted King in the eighth round of the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft after he was a first-team All-Southland Conference selection.
Both N-Club Pioneer Award recipients opened doors for generations of NSU student-athletes who followed.
Bonin was part of the group of 13 student-athletes who in 1975 received Louisiana’s first athletic scholarships for women. Following her time at Northwestern State, Bonin coached high school basketball at Dodson and Leesville before becoming a coach and Senior Woman Administrator at Nicholls.
Howard, a New Orleans native, was the first Black Demon football player, a split end who played the 1968 season at Northwestern State before returning to his hometown to take a job. Howard eventually joined the New Orleans Police Department, working undercover on three occasions before rising to the rank of captain, a position he now holds with the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Department.
Kia Converse (women’s basketball, 1997-2001) – Three-year All-Southland, twice first team (1999-2000, 2000-01) … set Southland career 3-point record (218, now sixth), going 218 of 608 (.358, third on SLC top 10) … her 218 treys is now second at NSU … set single-season NSU and SLC marks, since topped, with 81 3s as a junior (now third in school history) … twice All-Louisiana, first team as a senior, second as a junior, also honorable mention as a sophomore when the Lady Demons won the Southland regular-season crown and played in the WNIT at Arkansas (she scored 13) … … All-SLC Tournament 2000, 2001 … career averages of 12.7 points, 6.3 rebounds … 10th on NSU career scoring list (1,464 points, 115 games) … career highs of 31 points vs. James Madison, 20 rebounds vs. ULM, both as a junior … had a 17-rebound game vs. Texas A&M as a senior … NSU went 86-31 overall/61-12 SLC in her four seasons … briefly played volleyball as an upperclassman … nicknamed “Killer,” she earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree at NSU … served as an assistant coach under James Smith, then former teammate Jennifer Graf.
O.J. King (baseball, 2001-02) – 2002 Southland Pitcher of the Year, 2001 SLC Newcomer of the Year who was twice All-Southland (first team in 2002, second in 2001) … 8-4 with a 2.63 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 106 innings pitched as a senior, after 8-2 with a 4.03 ERA and 62 Ks in 80.1 IP in 2001 … 4 career shutouts is fourth in school history … 2002 strikeout total is seventh all-time … holds single-game punch out record with 15 vs. Lamar (3/23/02) … 106 IP in 2002 is seventh career … an eighth-round MLB Draft pick (Cincinnati, 2002) … helped Demons win back-to-back Southland championships … NSU went 38-17/19-8 in 2001, 43-17, 14-10 in 2002, for an overall 81-34 mark and a 33-18 league slate in his two seasons.
Clifton Lee (men’s basketball, 2002-06) – Only first-team All-Southland pick on the Demons’ 2005-06 Southland regular-season and tournament champion “Demons of Destiny” who beat Iowa in the NCAA Tournament after regular season wins at Mississippi State, Oklahoma State and over Oregon State … 2006 Southland Tournament MVP, after 2005 SLC All-Tournament honor … runner-up for 2005-06 Southland Player of the Year … NABC All-District … All-Louisiana … leading scorer (14.2) and rebounder (6.2) who shot 51.6 percent overall, 39.3 (35-89) on 3s, had 60 assists, 18 blocks and 25 steals as a 6-7 senior forward … led winning rally vs. Iowa … finished career 11th on NSU career scoring list (1,391, now 15th), seventh in rebounding (722, now ninth) .. career 11.9 scoring average, 6.2 rebounds … led (shared once) Demons in rebounding all four seasons … second-leading scorer (at 9.5 ppg) as a junior on Demons’ first Southland regular-season championship team, which was upset in tourney final … those two conference championship teams, NSU’s only regular-season title holders in its Division I history, went 12 deep with remarkable balance, downgrading individual stat totals … made “Fab 50” from Modern Era on All-Century Team chosen in 2012-13 basketball centennial celebration.
Brittany Littlejohn (track and field, 2000-03) – Set longstanding school record with wind-aided 13.13 time in 100 meter hurdles at the NCAA Mideast Regional in 2003, advancing to the NCAA Outdoors for the second straight season … owned the Southland hurdles competition in her final three years, capturing five of a possible six titles … twice won the 100 meter hurdles Southland Conference championship (2002, 13.42; 2003, 13.47) and claimed three straight 60m hurdles gold medals at the Southland Indoors (2001, 8.66; 2002, 8.45; 2003, 8.53) … NCAA Outdoor Championships 100m hurdles qualifier in 2002 with a 13.42 time, finishing 14th at the NCAA meet … honors graduate.
Roy Locks (football, 1999-2002; track and field, 2000-2003) – Four-year starter (all 47 career games) and a 2002 All-American defensive end, he was the 2002 Southland Defensive Player of the Year … he also made All-Southland as a linebacker as a junior … as a senior, had 16.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks among his 70 tackles for a top-10-ranked defense in Scott Stoker’s first season as head coach … 224 career tackles, 37.5 for loss, and was a key on playoff teams of 2001, 2002 … played end as a freshman and senior … member of 2001 indoor, 2002 outdoor Southland Conference champion track teams as a shot putter … immediately became an assistant coach on Stoker’s staff in 2003 … chosen for football’s Top 100 Demon Players of All-Time roster.
Erin Mancuso (softball, 1999-2002) – Slugging first baseman who was a three-time All-Southland pick (first team in 2001, second in 2000, third in 2002) and a two-time first-team All-Louisiana selection (’00, ’01) … set single-season school records for home runs (18, fourth nationally, still tops at NSU), RBI (49, now fourth), runs (44, now fourth), total bases (132, now second), all as a sophomore in 2000 … set Southland Tournament records for hits (10), doubles (3), total bases (19), runs scored (7) and hit .526 en route to 2000 SLC Tournament MVP honor as NSU made the first of two NCAA Tournament appearances (2000, 2002) in her career … made All-Southland Tournament as a freshman, sophomore and junior … set school career records for slugging percentage (.585, now fourth), home runs (38, now fourth), RBI (127, now third) … also third all-time in doubles (44), fifth in walks (76) … career batting average of .308 … started all but 12 of 219 career games as NSU went 147-90, 78-27 in her career, winning two Southland regular-season crowns (1999, 2000) and finishing second in 2002.
Craig Nall (football, 2001; track and field, 2001-02) – LSU transfer’s one season elevated NSU football to an FCS playoff team (8-4) that gave eventual national champion Montana fits in its toughest game in postseason … despite missing 2 of 12 games due to injury, recorded four of top 10 single-game passing totals by a Demon (at the time), topped by 346 in a season-opening win at Southern … engineered monumental 27-24 OT win at TCU with 326-yard night vs. a bowl-bound Frogs team coached by Gary Patterson … his 2,361 passing yards in 2001 was second in school history, now sixth …. 166 completions was a record, now seventh … 12 TD passes were second, now ninth … 136.81 passer rating was fifth, now 10th … second-team All-Southland pick behind Josh McCown of regular-season champ Sam Houston … NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifier in 2001 in the javelin (227-11) and only all-time NSU great Latrell Frederick topped him at Southland meets in 2001, 2002 … fifth-round 2002 NFL Draft pick (164th overall) … seven NFL seasons, most as Brett Favre’s backup in Green Bay … had five TD passes, 123.8 QB rating as an NFL player … was All-NFL Europe in 2003 with Scottish Claymores in spring league, while continuing with the Packers … chosen for Top 100 Demon Players of All-Time.
Amanda Ortego (softball, 2000-03) – Four-time All-Southland Conference pitcher (second team in 2002, third team in other three seasons) who helped lead two teams (with different coaches) into the NCAA Tournament … set career school records for strikeouts (694, 126 more than anyone else) and innings pitched (687.2, +118.2 over second) that still stand 17 years later, and remains second (by 3 wins) behind N-Club HOF member Kellie Shotwell in career wins (59) … also second in career shutouts (19), topped only by N-Club Hofer Nancy Percle … shares single-season strikeout record (257, 2002) and ranked in single-season top five in IP, Ks, shutouts and wins (still top five in all but wins) at end of her career … 2002 Southland Tournament MVP … ranked 27th in NCAA in strikeouts per seven IP (8.2) as a junior … had an incredible streak of 54.1 consecutive scoreless innings in 11 games ending 2002 regular season and through four innings vs. LSU in a 3-2 NCAA Tournament loss.
David Pittman (football, 2002-2005, track and field 2003-05) — A 2005 All-American who became a third-round NFL Draft selection and spent one season with Baltimore and later with the New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans … he intercepted two passes and broke up three others in seven games as a rookie with the Ravens and played for the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders … named an All-American in 2005 after recording 36 tackles, 9 pass breakups, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble … snared 11 career interceptions, which is tied for ninth in school history, and returned three of them for touchdowns … was the lone FCS player to participate in the 2006 Senior Bowl … two-time first-team All-Southland Conference selection (2004, ‘05) and a second-team pick in 2003 finished his career with 153 tackles and 26 pass breakups in addition to his 11 interceptions … standout for 2004 Southland Conference champions and FCS playoff entry … part of the 4×400 relay team that reached the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships … contributed to the Demons’ 2003 Southland Conference Outdoor championship, scoring in three events (100 meters, 4×100 relay, 4×400 relay) … chosen for Top 100 Demon Players of All-Time.
Trecey Rew-Hoover (track and field 2008-11) — Trecey Rew-Hoover won the 2011 NCAA discus championship for the Lady Demons, was a three-time All-American, and was an Academic All-American … won the national championship with a school record 192-4 throw to top competitors from power schools like Arizona State and Tennessee. She also earned second-team All-America honors in the shot put by finishing 15th at the 2011 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa … named the 2011 NCAA Division I Field Events Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association … graduating in May 2010 with a 3.86 grade point average in broadcast journalism, Rew-Hoover posted a perfect 4.0 in her first year pursuing a master’s degree in sport administration … voted to the Academic All-America Track and Cross Country Team as a second-team selection. Rew-Hoover earned the 13th Academic All-America Award by an NSU student-athlete since 1986. The Garland, Texas native became the first Lady Demon to capture a national title. She gave the Northwestern track and field program its third NCAA crown and first since 1990 … Rew-Hoover swept the 2011 Southland Conference Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Student-Athlete of the Year honors. She finished her career with eight individual Southland titles, winning the conference Field Event Athlete of the Year award in the final three SLC championships she entered … a three-time All-America recipient in the sport by virtue of her finishes in the shot put and discus at her last two NCAA Outdoor Championships. She was ninth in the 2010 NCAA meet in the shot put … the school and Southland Conference record holder in both events, she had collegiate bests of 192-4 in the discus and 57-0 ¼ in the shot. Competing against some of the world’s top competitors at the 2011 USA Track and Field Championships, Rew-Hoover finished seventh in the discus and 15th in the shot put.
N-Club Pioneer Award recipients
Louise “Do” Bonin – One of the original 13 recipients of state’s first athletic scholarships for women at NSU in 1975 … became a highly successful high school basketball coach at Dodson and Leesville, then coached at Nicholls and became senior woman administrator there.
Melvin Howard – The first African-American Demon football player in 1968, his only season with the program … beloved by teammates, he regretfully returned home to New Orleans to get a job … rose to the ranks of Captain in New Orleans city police department and is now in that position in Orleans Sheriff’s office.
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