Crusader Collegians - 6

Paul Reinhardt
Paul Reinhardt (SA '60) started at QB for St. Aloysius his junior and senior seasons. Andy Douglass's Crusaders went 12-6-1 during those three seasons.

Highlights of Paul's career at Aloysius:

  • Because of injuries, Paul started at QB as a sophomore against Bogalusa and scored the first TD in the 14-7 victory on a 1y sneak.
  • His junior year, Reinhardt threw eight TD passes and ran for six more. 6'3" E Joe Spano took in four of the aerials while Lawrence Hagstette grabbed three for 36, 55, and 57y, and Lenny Daigle pulled in the other. One of Paul's TDs on the ground came from the 25.
  • His senior year, Reinhardt led his mates to a 6-0 start. He threw three more TD passes, but the play of the year came in the 26-19 win over West Jefferson when he thrilled the 3500 fans at Behrman Stadium by breaking loose on a keeper around RE for a 93y TD.

Paul Reinhardt SA '60
Paul Reinhardt
1959 Football Captains with Coach Douglass
1959 Captains L-R: Claude Poirson, Coach Andy Douglass, Lynn Federico, Paul Reinhardt
Paul accepted a scholarship to the University of Houston which, at that time, was an independent in football.
  • The highlight of his college career came in his redshirt sophomore season of 1962, the only year he lettered.
  • Bill Yeoman took the reins of the program and installed his revolu­tionary veer offense. For a starting HB like Paul, that was good news.
  • It wasn't good news to opponents as the Cougars won their last four games to finish 6-4 and earn a bid to the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando where they defeated Miami (OH) 49-21.

The 1962 Cougars held their 50th (and first) reunion in October 2012.

  • Paul served as co-chair of the reunion committee.
  • 83-year-old Bill Yeoman, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, was able to attend.
1962 Houston Cougars 50th Reunion
Paul Reinhardt (R) with his 1962 Cougars 50th Reunion Co-chair (C) and Head Coach Bill Yeoman (L)
Burst Brothers
Benny Burst
Benny Burst

The Burst brothers, Benny ('81) and Shawn ('83), played football for Tulane.

  • Benny made All-District at RB for Bob Conlin, and set the school record for the 440m in track. He lettered four years (1981-4) at S for TU. He was co-captain of the Green Wave his senior year. Vince Gibson was the coach the first two years and Wally English the last two. The highlight of his career was blocking two punts in Tulane's 48-7 win over LSU in the Superdome in 1981.
  • Shawn Burst followed in his brother's footsteps as an All-District performer at BMHS at DB. He also ran the quarter mile and threw the javelin. After walking on at Tulane, he lettered in 1986 for Coach Mack Brown. Shawn also made his mark against LSU by returning a Mickey Guidry pass for a TD in Tiger Stadium.
Both Bursts run businesses in the New Orleans area. Their uncle, Nick Lagattuta ('71), is a long-time staff member at Brother Martin.
Shawn Burst
Shawn Burst
Adam Krause
Ron Brocato of the Clarion Herald, the non-pareil historian of New Orleans prep sports, recently published his Elite Football Team of the Decade (2000-9). The only Crusader on either the offensive or defensive elevens was Adam Krause ('03), listed as OL although he played TE at Brother Martin.
  • At 6'6" 270, Adam also played basketball for the Crimson and Gold. He anchored the middle on the state finalists in 2003, D. J. Augustin's freshman year.
  • Adam lettered four years at Michigan on the O line. He red-shirted his freshman year as a TE. Then he moved to the interior of the front wall, starting both his junior and senior years. He played in the Rose Bowl twice, the Alamo Bowl, and the Capital One Bowl.
  • Krause went to training camp in 2008 with the Baltimore Ravens but was released on the final cutdown date before the regular season.
Adam Kraus
Adam Kraus
1968 Gridders
QB Larry Tillman
Larry Tillman
Co-Captain Joe Cacioppi
Joe Caccioppi
From an article in The Aloysian of 11/5/68 on Crusader grads playing college ball that season:
  • Larry Tillman ('67) passed for 917y and rushed for 258y in his junior year [at St. Aloysius]. Tillman is now at Murray State College in Murray KY. Last year, he broke nearly every passing record in the Ohio Valley Conference. Rated third in the nation in small college passing, Tillman had 190 completions in 380 attempts for 2,2901y and 18 TD. [From Murray State's website: "Larry Tillman (1965-68) ended his career as the Racers' career passing leader with 5,037 yards, a record that stood until Michael Proctor broke it in 1989. Tillman still ranks fourth in passing at MSU." Larry was OVC Player of the Year in 1968.]
  • Tom Rini, another '67 grad, is now at West Point. He excelled at E while at St. Aloysius. [Tom also played basketball.]
  • Presently a starting G at Southwestern [Louisiana - now ULL], Joe Caccioppi finished St. Aloysius in '66.
  • Named most valuable football player in both his junior and senior years in 1965 and '66, FB Kenny Newfield went on to LSU. He is third in rushing this year with 37 carries for 197y and a 5.2y average.
E Tom Rini
Tom Rini
FB Kenny Newfield
Kenny Newfield
Green Wave Cagers
Dick Brennan
Dick Brennan

Three St. Aloysius grads of the class of 1951 are listed in the Tulane basketball record book for leading the team in year-by-year categories.

  • Hal Cervini (lettered 1952-3-4-5)
    1952-3: FT% (.796)
    1953-4: Scoring (339/14.7); FG (103); FT (133); FTA (171), FT% (.777)
    1954-5: Scoring (329/16.4); FG (98); FT (133 - yes, same # as 53-4); FTA (186)
  • Dick Brennan (lettered 1952-3-4-5)
    1954-5: Rebounds (167/8.4);FT% (.785)
  • Bobby Delpit (lettered 1954-5)
    1953-4: FG% (.420)
Later, O. J. Lacour ('62) led the 1965-6 Green Wave with 60 assists (a stat that was not kept in the Cervini era). O. J. lettered in 1964-5-6.

Bobby Delpit with CYO MVP Trophy 1950-1
Bobby Delpit
Billy Deris
Billy Deris, basketball
Billy Deris

Billy Deris, baseball

Billy Deris (SA '62) lettered in both basketball and baseball on Esplanade Avenue.
  • He was a starting F/C in both his junior and senior years. The 1961-2 team reached the state AAA final in Shreveport, where they lost to De La Salle 38-35.
  • Deris pitched for the varsity for three years (1960-2).

Deris then moved across town to Loyola University.

  • Aloysian (1/25/63): "Bill Deris, star F of last year's basketball team who received a baseball scholarship to Loyola, is now on the Wolfpack freshman basketball team. He joined the team at the request of Loyola mentor Bill Gardiner.") Billy lettered that year on the hardwood.
  • Aloysian (spring '64): "Loyola's '64 team features three starters from SA: P Billy Deris, SS Bobby Schroeder, RF Arnaud France. Bobby Burns had started at 2B until lost for the year with an injury. Also on the injury list is P Don Delatte. Freshman Anthony Bianca is a reserve."
  • Deris earned both a bachelor's degree and an M.B.A. from Loyola.
Jimmy Tillette

Coach Jimmy Tillette
Coach Jimmy Tillette

Crusader Jimmy Tillette
Crusader Tillette

Jimmy Tillette (SA '68), head basketball coach at Samford University in Birmingham, suffered a seizure Saturday, January 23, 2010, on the sideline next to the bench during the second half of the Bulldogs' game at UNC Greensboro.
  • Caught by an assistant coach as he collapsed, Jimmy was treated first in the UNCG locker room, then taken to a local hospital where he spent the night.
  • "Coach Tillette is awake and responsive," said Samford Assistant Sports Information Director Zac Schrieber. "He was obviously a bit groggy but was talking and sitting up in the ambulance on his way to the hospital."
  • The team held on to win the game 70-67 to improve to 9-10 for the season.
Doctors determined that the seizure was caused by bleeding from a blood vessel above his right ear.
  • After extensive tests, the doctors decided it was an isolated incident and that the physically-fit coach could return to his team after a week's rest.
  • Of the many callers and well-wishers, the one who touched Tillette the most was Marge Griffin. Her son, Jim, a senior leader on the Bulldogs, had died from a heart attack while sleeping in his dorm room the previous September.
  • Jimmy showed his New Orleans roots when plans were made to airlift him the next day from Greensboro to UAB Hospital in Birmingham. After weather delayed the flight five hours, Tillette told medical personnel he didn't want to miss watching the Saints in the NFC Championship game. So the trip was postponed until Monday.

Released from the hospital Tuesday, January 26, Tillette missed three games before returning to practice February 1. He prowled the sidelines again February 4 at The Citadel.

UPDATE: Jimmy was fired as coach at Samford following the 2011-12 season.
UNO Club Footballers 1969
Keith Reboul and Jimmy Thibaut
Keith Reboul (12) and Jimmy Thibaut (41)

UNO first had a club football team in the 1960s. The 1969 squad, the fifth in school history, included the following Brothers of the Sacred Heart alumni.

  • WB Keith Reboul (SA '69)
  • WB Robert Masson (CJ '63).
  • RB Jimmy Thibaut (SA '69)

The Privateers, ranked #4 nationally to start the season, were coached by Dale Hoffpauir assisted by a staff of five. The schedule included the following.

  • Nicholls State @ East Jefferson Stadium.
  • @ Livingston State
  • @ Fordham (ranked #1 preseason)
  • Spring Hill @ East Jefferson
  • @ St. Louis (#3 preseason)
  • Loyola @ Tad Gormley
Thanks to Bob Masson, long-time Brother Martin faculty member, for providing this information.
Bob Masson
Bob Masson
Nothing Could Squash His Ambition

Ryan Donegan
Ryan Donegan
Ryan Donegan (2000) has excelled in a sport that doesn't get as much publicity as many others – squash.
  • Ryan began playing squash when he was 12 years old. He learned the game from his step-father, who was a racquetball player. "I mainly played as a hobby to my other more serious sports at the time, which were basketball, golf, and baseball." As he became better in squash, he decided to concen­trate on that sport.
  • In his senior year at Brother Martin, Donegan finished fifth at the National Closed Junior Squash Championships held at Yale.
  • As a freshman at Dartmouth, Ryan played #1 on the squash team, which finished 5th in the nation. He was recognized as Ivy League Rookie of the Year ? the first Big Green player to win that award, First Team All-Ivy, and Second Team All-American.
  • The next year, he again made first team All-Ivy but moved up to first team All-America as voted by the College Squash Association.
  • As a junior, Ryan became the first Dartmouth squash player to be selected All-American each year for his first three years. He finished the season #10 in collegiate rankings and #6 in U.S. rankings.
  • His senior year was more of the same, All-Ivy and All-America. He became the first squash player inducted into the Wearers of the Green, which is the Dartmouth Athletic Hall of Fame.

Ryan has continued to play squash since graduating from Dartmouth in 2005.

  • He competes in squash tournaments around the nation.
  • In 2008, he was a member of the U.S. team that earned the Gold medal at the Pan American Squash Federation Cup held in Cuenca, Ecuador. Ryan won the Bronze medal in the individual competition.
As of 3/2010, Donegan is a Senior Business Analyst at Growthink, an investment banking firm in Los Angeles.




Paul Reinhardt

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Adam Kraus

1968 Gridders

Green Wave Cagers

Billy Deris

Jimmy Tillette

UNO Club Footballers 1969

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