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Welsh's Wall, Jennings' Miller earn Hall of Fame nods

Last Modified: Sunday, November 17, 2013 1:31 AM

Special to the American Press

BATON ROUGE — Five longtime coaches, a coach/administrator, a competitor, and an official highlight an outstanding group of individuals who will be inducted into the 2014 class of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association/Louisiana High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

This year’s class of Opelousas High’s Larry Dauterive, Welsh High’s Marion Dutton Wall, Woodlawn High of Shreveport’s A.L. Williams, Vidalia High’s Dalton “Dee” Faircloth, Buckeye’s C.G. “Corky” Yates, Jennings High’s Danny Ray Miller, St. Amant’s Leigh Michelle Heintze and Sarepta High’s James R. Boyett not only left an indelible impression on their state, respective sports, individual schools and communities but drew nationwide acclaim as well.

The four football coaches — Dauterive, Wall, Williams, and Faircloth — coached a combined 1,250 football games and had a 167 years of combined head coaching experience.

Miller, became Louisiana’s all-time winningest five-on-five basketball coach with 854 wins compiled during a brilliant 33-year career in Southwest Louisiana. Yates, whose career spanned more than 53 years, began as a four-sport competitor, continued as a highly successful high school football, basketball and golf coach and then concluded as a respected and admired administrator.

Heintze dominated Class 5A softball during her four-year stint and Boyett officiated hundreds of basketball and baseball games as well as numerous tournaments during a 38-year career.

The induction ceremony-banquet is set for 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 at the Crown Plaza in Baton Rouge. The ceremony will be held in conjunction with the LHSAA’s annual convention, which will take place Jan. 29-31.



Dutton Wall

Wall’s 38-year coaching career got its start at Ville Platte High School in 1962 as head coach in basketball and baseball as well as an assistant in football, but he is best known for his football teams and track squads.

In 438 games at five schools, including two stints at Ville Platte and Welsh, Wall’s football teams compiled a 274-160-2 record (a 638 winning percentage), captured 14 district championships and finished as Class 2A state runners-up three times (1973, 1989, 1992).

From 1983 to 2001, track teams at Welsh won 11 district championships. Additionally, three Wall-coached girls’ basketball teams, also, at Welsh were able to capture three consecutive district crowns (1977-1979).

In addition to being named District Coach of the Year in football, track and girls’ basketball numerous times, Wall was also chosen as the Lake Charles American Press’ Southwest Louisiana Coach of the Year three times (1981, 1989, 1992).

The Louisiana Sports Writers Association selected him as 2A Coach of the Year three times — twice while he was head coach of Welsh (1989, 1992) and once while he was head coach of Sacred Heart of Ville Platte (2005). The LSWA also presented Wall with the prestigious Casey Kozminski Award in 1994.



Danny Miller

Miller was no stranger to success.

Over the course of his 33-year coaching career, Miller not only coached girls basketball but also girls track, volleyball and boys and girls cross country. But it was on the hard court that he is probably best known.

He started at Jennings, where he coached for 14 years, spent another nine at Iota, had four-year stays at Elton and Grand Lake. When he finally did step away from coaching, it was as Louisiana’s all-time winningest girls five-on-five coach with 854 wins.

He won 21 district championships, three state championships — two in AAA (1988 and 1989) and two in 2A (1992), finished state runners-up in 2A (1994), and finished as an honorable mention selection on the USA Today’s Girls Basketball Top 25 in 1988.

His track team at Jennings won the AAA state championship in 1980 while his squad at Elton finished as the 2A state runners-up in 2002. He also led the Jennings volleyball team to its first district title in 1983 and won another in 1984.

Miller’s coaching success also brought him numerous honors, including being selected as district coach of the year 18 times, being voted as the LSWA’s AAA Girls Basketball Coach of the Year (1982, 1988, 1989) and AA Girls Coach of the Year (1992 and 1988). He was nominated by the LHSAA for National High School Coach of the Year in 1990.

He was chosen as the All-Acadiana Coach of the Year five times (1992, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999) and was additional named as the Louisiana High School Basketball Coaches Association Southwest Coach of the Year twice (1992, 1994).

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