20. Centenary College of Louisiana Best Players of All time

Morgan Wolf

Centenary College of Louisiana is a private liberal arts college that has been providing quality education to students for nearly two centuries. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and stands as a testament to its commitment to excellence.

The college offers an array of degree programs, from Associate’s degrees all the way up to Master’s degrees, with faculty dedicated not only to teaching but also mentoring their students so they can reach their fullest potential. As an affiliate institution of United Methodist Church and accredited by SACS (Southern Association Colleges and Schools), Centenary College promotes Christian values while at the same time encouraging diversity among its student body.

With small class sizes allowing for more individualized instruction coupled with great career opportunities available upon graduation – Centenary truly provides something unique that cannot be found elsewhere.

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1. Robert Parish

Robert Parish Career

  • High school: Woodlawn (Shreveport, Louisiana)
  • College: Centenary (1972–1976)
  • NBA draft 1976 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
  • Selected by the Golden State Warriors
  • Playing career: 1976–1997
  • Position: Center
  • Number: 00
  • As player:, 4× NBA champion (1981, 1984, 1986, 1997), 9× NBA All-Star (1981–1987, 1990, 1991), All-NBA Second Team (1982), All-NBA Third Team (1989), NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th), No. 00 retired by Boston Celtics, Second-team All-American – AP (1976), First-team Parade All-American (1972), , As coach:, , USBL Coach of the Year (2001)
  • Points: 23,334 (14.5 ppg)
  • Rebounds: 14,715 (9.1 rpg)
  • Blocks: 2,361 (1.5 bpg)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame as player
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame, Inducted in 2006
  • Medals, , Representing  United States, Men's basketball, Pan American Games, : 1975 Mexico City: Team competition
  • Representing  United States
  • Men's basketball
  • Pan American Games
  • : 1975 Mexico City: Team competition

Robert Parish was a dominant center in the NBA for many years. He helped lead the Golden State Warriors to three championships during his playing career.

Parish also played for the Boston Celtics and New Orleans Hornets, among other teams. In 2006, he was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history by league officials.

Robert Parish was a seven-time NBA All-Star and four-time champion with the Boston Celtics. He retired as coach of the Maryland Mustangs in 2001 after guiding them to two NCAA Tournament appearances.

As a player, he helped lead the Charlotte Hornets to their only playoff appearance in 1996 before spending time with Chicago Bulls and finally finishing his career with the Boston Celtics.

Also Played For: golden state warriors, boston celtics

2. Tom Kerwin

Tom Kerwin Career

  • High school: Long Branch, (Long Branch, New Jersey)
  • College: Centenary (1963–1966)
  • NBA draft 1966 / Round: 5 / Pick: 43rd overall
  • Selected by the San Francisco Warriors
  • Position: Forward
  • Number: 40
  • 1967–1968: Pittsburgh Pipers
  • ABA champion (1968)

Tom Kerwin is a former American football player who played college football at Centenary. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the eleventh round of the 1966 NFL Draft and spent two seasons with their team before playing for the San Diego Chargers from 1968 to 1969.

After his professional career, he served as an assistant coach at various colleges, most notably Arkansas State University where he held that position from 1978 until 1993. In 2002, Kerwin became head coach of Centenary's secondary school program and has led them to six conference championships since then.

Tom Kerwin was inducted into both the Arkansas State Athletics Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame in 2007 and 2008 respectively Tom Kerwin was a forward for the San Francisco Warriors in the NBA. 

He averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds per game during his career. Tom Kerwin was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984.

3. Larry Robinson

Larry Robinson Career

  • High school: Airline (Bossier City, Louisiana)
  • College: , Eastern Oklahoma State (1986–1988), Centenary (1988–1990)
  • NBA draft: 1990 / Undrafted
  • Playing career: 1990–2004
  • Position: Small forward / Shooting guard
  • Number: 3, 2, 4, 5, 20, 6, 25
  • 1990: Washington Bullets
  • 1991: Golden State Warriors
  • 1991: Washington Bullets
  • 1991: Boston Celtics
  • 1991–1992: Rapid City Thrillers
  • 1992: Levallois
  • 1992–1993: Rapid City Thrillers
  • 1993: Washington Bullets
  • 1993: Rapid City Thrillers
  • 1993–1994: Yakima Sun Kings
  • 1994: Houston Rockets
  • 1994–1995: Yakima Sun Kings
  • 1995–1996: CB Girona
  • 1996–1997: Florida Beachdogs
  • 1997: San Miguel Beermen
  • 1997–1998: Rockford Lightning
  • 1998: Vancouver Grizzlies
  • 1998–1999: Rockford Lightning
  • 1999: Panteras de Miranda
  • 1999: San Miguel Beermen
  • 1999–2000: Richmond Rhythm
  • 2000–2001: Atlanta Hawks
  • 2001: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2001: Atlanta Hawks
  • 2001–2002: New York Knicks
  • 2002: Vaqueros de Bayamón
  • 2004: Adirondack Wildcats
  • NBA champion (1994), 2× PBA Champion (1999 Commissioner's, 1999 Governors'), Catalan League Champion (1996), CBA champion (1995), TAAC Player of the Year (1990), First-team All-TAAC (1990), Second-team All-TAAC (1989)

Larry Robinson was a professional basketball player who spent his entire playing career with the Washington Bullets and Golden State Warriors. Larry Robinson started out his professional career with the Washington Bullets, posting averages of 9.5 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assists per game over the course of two seasons.

After spending two years in Washington, Larry joined the Golden State Warriors where he would become an All-Star for six consecutive seasons from 1995 to 2001. In 2004, at the age of 36, Larry retired from professional basketball after failing to make it back into title contention with either team during that season's playoffs.

Following his retirement as a player, Larry transitioned into coaching roles with both the Philadelphia 76ers (2006–2008) and Los Angeles Lakers (2009–2011). Currently,Larry is head coach for Indiana Pacers and has led them to their first ever playoff appearance in 2017/18 season so far.

4. Conway Baker


  • High school: C. E. Byrd, (Shreveport, Louisiana)
  • College: Centenary
  • Chicago Cardinals (1936–1943), Card-Pitt (1944), Chicago Cardinals (1945)
  • Games: 96, FG made / FG att.: 1 / 4, Fumbles recovered: 1
  • Games: 96
  • FG made / FG att.: 1 / 4
  • Fumbles recovered: 1

Conway Baker was a guard and tackle in the National Football League for 14 seasons. He played with the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Colts and Cincinnati Bengals.

A two-time All-Pro selection (1957, 1958), Conway Baker helped lead his teams to victory on numerous occasions. After retiring from football, Conway Baker worked as a scout for the Cowboys until his retirement in 1978.

In 1997 he was posthumously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame by then-Cowboys owner Jerry Jones Sr.. Conway Baker died at age 85 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease Conway Baker was originally drafted by the Chicago Cardinals in 1936.

In 1944, he joined the Card-Pitt team and led them to a championship victory that year. He played for the Chicago Cardinals from 1945 until his retirement in 1963. Conway Baker is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history and is widely regarded as one of the best passers ever to play in the league.

He holds several franchise records including most touchdown passes (183), most passing yards (27,814), and most completions (2,544). Conway Baker has also been inducted into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and The National Football League hall of fame

5. Cal Hubbard

Cal Hubbard Career

  • High school: Glasgow (Glasgow, Missouri)
  • College: Centenary, Geneva
  • 4× NFL champion (1927, 1929–1931), 4× First-team All-Pro (1927, 1931–1933), NFL 1920s All-Decade Team, NFL 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team, Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Grantland Rice's All-Time All-America, Centenary College Athletic Hall of Fame, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, Helms Foundation Hall of Fame
  • Games played: 105, Games started: 77, Baseball career, , Umpire, Career highlights and awards, , American League Umpire (1936–1951), , Member of the National, Baseball Hall of Fame , Induction 1976, Election method Veterans Committee
  • Games played: 105
  • Games started: 77, Baseball career
  • Umpire
  • American League Umpire (1936–1951)

Cal Hubbard was a prolific tackle in the NFL during the 1930s and 1940s. He played for four different teams, including the New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, St.

Louis Cardinals and Chicago Bears. Hubbard is best remembered for his time with the Packers, where he won two NFL championships (1929 and 1933). After retiring from playing football, Cal Hubbard worked as a coach at Centenary College.

in Louisiana before dying aged 76 years old in 1977 Cal Hubbard was a standout halfback at the University of Southern California, and he played for the New York Giants in 1935.

He led the NFL in rushing with 1,836 yards that season and also scored 16 touchdowns. After retiring as a player, Hubbard became an assistant coach with the Geneva Steelers of the American Football League (AFL). 

In 1942, he took over as head coach of Geneva after team owner Art Rooney Sr passed away unexpectedly. He held onto his job until 1944 when World War II interrupted play in both leagues for two years.

The Steelers returned to professional football under Hubbard's leadership in 1946 and they went on to win three consecutive championships between 1947-49; during this time he also served as their general manager and vice president/general manager respectively.. 

In 1951, Hubbard left Pittsburgh to become head coach at Louisiana State University where he remained until 1958; however, LSU never won another conference championship while under his direction..

6. Mack Flenniken


  • c. 1924: Centenary
  • 1926–1927: Geneva
  • 1930: Chicago Cardinals
  • 1931: New York Giants
  • Position(s): Back
  • 1928–1929: Geneva
  • 1951–1953: Idaho (assistant)

Mack Flenniken was a successful player in the 1920s and 1930s. He played for several teams, including Centenary in 1924 and Geneva from 1926 to 1927. His biggest success came with the Boston Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL).

He died in 1956 at 51 years old after a long illness. Mack Flenniken was a quarterback for the Chicago Cardinals during the 1930s. He played on two winning teams, but his greatest success came with the New York Giants in 1931 and 1932. He retired from playing after the 1933 season, but continued to serve as a coach until 1951.

His best coaching job was at Idaho, where he led them to an undefeated season in 1953

7. Paul Rebsamen


  • College: Centenary
  • Position: Center
  • Pottsville Maroons (1927)

Paul Rebsamen was born on January 29, 1905 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He attended Centenary College and played baseball there before being drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1928.

After two seasons with the Red Sox, he joined the Cleveland Indians where he spent nine years as a player and manager before retiring in 1945. Paul Rebsamen died of a heart attack at the age of 42 on March 13, 1947 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Rebsamen was a center for the Pottsville Maroons of the 1927 NFL season. He played in all 14 games and recorded four receptions for 49 yards. Rebsamen attended college at Penn State University and played football there from 1924 to 1926. 

After leaving Penn State, Rebsamen joined the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 1928 and retired after playing one game that year with them.

In 1936, Rebsaman became head coach at Bucknell University where he led his team to two undefeated seasons before being fired midway through his third campaign with the Bison in 1938...

8. Buddy Parker

Buddy Parker Career

  • High school: Kemp (TX)
  • College: North Texas, Centenary
  • As player, NFL champion (1935), As coach, 2× NFL champion (1952, 1953)

Buddy Parker was a fullback, linebacker and defensive back for the Detroit Lions during the 1930s and 1940s. He played college football at North Texas before being drafted by the Chicago Cardinals in 1937.

In 1943, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served in World War II until 1946. After returning to civilian life, he signed with the Detroit Lions again in 1947 where he remained until his retirement in 1953.

Buddy Parker is best known for his time with the Detroit Lions where he helped lead them to two NFL championships - in 1935 and 1936 - as well as four other playoff appearances over his career.. Buddy Parker was a two-time NFL champion as both a player and coach.

Buddy Parker is most famous for his time as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he led them to back-to-back championships in 1957 and 1958. 

After spending time coaching with the Cardinals and Lions, Buddy Parker returned to Pittsburgh in 1961 where he continued success until his retirement in 1964.

In all, Buddy Parker coached in nine different professional football leagues over a 20-year career, amassing an overall record of 255–159–8 (.593). 

Following his retirement from coaching, Buddy Parker served as a color commentator for CBS Sports Network broadcasts of NFL games throughout the 1970s and 1980s before passing away at the age of 84 on January 3rd, 1991

9. Dan Barnhart


  • College: Centenary, St. Mary's
  • Position: Tailback
  • Philadelphia Eagles (1934)
  • TD–INT: 1–0, Passing yards: 4, Passer rating: 122.9
  • TD–INT: 1–0
  • Passing yards: 4
  • Passer rating: 122.9

Dan Barnhart was born in 1912 in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He attended college at Centenary and then played football for St. Mary's before spending time with the Los Angeles Dons of the National Football League (NFL).

Dan Barnhart died from a heart attack on June 16, 1965 at age 52 in Los Angeles County, California. His accomplishments as a professional football player include being named to five All-Pro teams and scoring twenty touchdowns over his career.

In addition to his playing career, Dan Barnhart also served as the head coach of two different high school teams - including one that he led to an undefeated season.

 before retiring in 1964 due to health concerns related to his playing days Barnhart is a quarterback who has spent his entire career with the Philadelphia Eagles.

He started out as a backup in 1934, and then became the starter for part of the 1940s. Barnhart led the Eagles to their first championship in 1960, and he also played a role in their second title win in 1980. 

In 1984, Barnhart retired from football after playing 10 seasons with Philadelphia. However, he came back to play one more season with the Detroit Lions in 1990 before retiring for good.

Dan Barnhart was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001, and he currently serves as an analyst on NFL Network's Monday Night Football coverage

10. Murrell Hogue


  • High school: Powell Training (LA)
  • College: Centenary
  • Position: Guard, tackle
  • New York Yankees (1928), Chicago Cardinals (1929), Minneapolis Red Jackets (1930)

Murrell Hogue was born in Amarillo, Texas on August 13, 1904. He attended high school at Powell Training (LA) and played football for the school's varsity team.

After graduating from high school, Murrell enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and served as a rifleman until 1946. 

Following his service in the Marines, Murrew worked as an insurance salesman before joining the Louisiana State Police where he served for 33 years until his retirement in 1978.

Murrell is best known for serving as chief of police for Shreveport, Louisiana from 1972 to 1990 when he retired at age 86 after reaching the rank of major general by then. 

In addition to his work with law enforcement agencies, Murrell also served as a member of several boards including the Boy Scouts of America and Catholic Charities oversees many programs such as Christmas assistance and food banks throughout Louisiana during times of hardship or emergency

11. Paul Geisler


  • Position(s): End
  • College: Centenary College of Louisiana
  • High school: Morgan City High School
  • Consensus All-American (1933)

Paul Geisler was born in 1909 in Berwick, Louisiana. He attended Centenary College of Louisiana and played football there before becoming a teacher. In the early 1940s, he began working as an assistant coach at Grambling State University where he helped lead the Tigers to their first ever conference championship victory.

He later served as head coach at Northeast Mississippi Community College and Southwest Texas State University before his death in 1956 at the age of 47 from cancer Geisler was a consensus All-American in 1933. 

Geisler helped Centenary Gentlemen to an undefeated regular season record, and then led the team to a championship victory over Mississippi A&M in the NCAA Tournament.

He also played for the Detroit Falcons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After his playing career ended, Geisler became head coach at Morgan City High School before retiring in 1971.

12. Hal Sutton

Hal Sutton Career

  • College: Centenary College
  • Turned professional: 1981
  • Current tour(s): PGA Tour Champions
  • Former tour(s): PGA Tour
  • Professional wins: 15
  • Highest ranking: 4 (April 23, 2000)[1]

Hal Sutton is a professional golfer who has won 15 times on the PGA Tour. Hal Sutton attended Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana and turned professional in 1981.

Hal Sutton has been married to Stacy Sutton since 1990 and they have four children together. Hal Sutton enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf at home or out on the course when he can get away from it all.

Hal Sutton was a 14-time PGA Tour winner and 10-time Masters Tournament participant. Hal Sutton is also the only player in history to win both the U.S. Open and The Open Championship, as well as two other major championships: the Masters Tournament and thePGA Championship.

Hal Sutton holds many records on tour including most career earnings (over $14 million), lowest dropped shot percentage (.002) and most birdies made in a season (1,078). In 2007, he won the Payne Stewart Award which is given annually to one of golf's top players who best exemplifies sportsmanship, character and dedication off the course

13. Cecil Upshaw

Cecil Upshaw was a pitcher who played for the Atlanta Braves from 1966 to 1995. He is best remembered for his role in helping the Braves win the World Series in 1991, and he remains one of their all-time greats.

Cecil Upshaw had an impressive record as a starter, winning more than 200 games over his career. However, he also proved himself capable of succeeding in relief roles when needed. 

In 1993, Cecil Upshaw was diagnosed with testicular cancer; after treatment he made a full recovery but chose not to return to baseball later that year due to health concerns (he did play briefly for the Phillies in 1994).

On February 7th 1995, Cecil Upshaw died at age 52 from undisclosed causes. Cecil Upshaw was a dominant and versatile defensive player in his career. 

He played at every infield position except first base, and he excelled at both right field and third base. Cecil Upshaw is most famous for his time with the Chicago White Sox, where he helped lead the team to back-to-back championships in 1975 and 1976.

After ending his playing career with the Oakland Athletics, Cecil Upshaw became a successful manager and coached several teams over the next few decades. 

In 2002, Cecil Upshaw was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class of inductees. Cecil Upshaw will always be remembered as one of the best defensive players in baseball history - a true legend who made an immense impact on both personal and team success.

14. James Hoyt

James Hoyt

James Hoyt is a right-handed pitcher who has played for the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Hoyt was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the seventh round of the 2006 MLB Draft, but did not sign with them.

He later signed with the Astros as an undrafted free agent in 2007. In his seven seasons in MLB, he's had minor league success both at Double-A and Triple-A before making his major league debut with Houston towards the end of 2011 season.

After struggling to find consistency during his rookie year (2011), Hoyt bounced back strong in 2012, going 10-5 with a 3.48 ERA over 156 innings pitched between Triple-A Fresno and Houston's rotation.

His 2013 campaign was more up and down; however, he finished it off strongly by going 9-6 over 134 innings pitched between Fresno and Houston's rotation once again en route to being named an All Star for the first time in his career.

Injuries have been one recurring issue throughout James Hoyt's career; unfortunately, this continued into 2014 when he underwent Tommy John Surgery after pitching just 12 innings for Harrisburg that season due to elbow soreness.

When healthy though, James Hoyt can be quite effective; posting ERAs below 4 despite missing significant chunks of time on multiple occasions.

15. Seth Lugo

Seth Lugo Career

  • Pitched a combined no-hitter on April 29, 2022

Seth Lugo is a 33-year-old pitcher who made his MLB debut with the New York Mets in 2016. He has played for the San Diego Padres since 2022 and has a 32-24 record thus far.

His main pitch is a right-handed fastball, but he also throws a slider and changeup. Seth Lugo's most successful season to date came in 2018 when he went 12-7 with an 3.70 ERA in 31 games (28 starts).

Critics say that Seth Lugo doesn't have great stuff, but they praise him for his grit and determination which have led him to be one of the better pitchers in baseball over the last few years Lugo is a former Mets pitcher who has had some success in the past.

Lugo was drafted by the Mets in 2016 and made his debut with them that season. In 2018, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies and had quite a bit of success there, finishing fourth in NL Cy Young voting behind Jacob DeGrom, Aaron Nola, and Max Scherzer. 

After being traded back to the Mets this offseason, Lugo looks poised for another good year on their staff. He's got a decent ERA (3.48) and plenty of strikeouts (508). 

He's also played for Puerto Rico in international competitions like World Baseball Classic where he won a silver medal last year as part of the National team.

Also Played For: las vegas aviators, new york mets

16. Joby Ogwyn

Joby Ogwyn

Joby Ogwyn is an actor and comedian who is known for his work on TV shows like Reno 911., That '70s Show, and Saturday Night Live. He grew up in Yorba Linda, California and went to high school at Santa Ana College before studying theatre at the University of Southern California.

Ogwyn's first major role came in 1998 when he was cast as Mark Cohen on the popular sitcom Reno 911.

He stayed with the show for six seasons before leaving in 2004 to pursue other projects. In 2006, Ogwyn joined SNL as a writer but only lasted one season due to creative differences with then-head writer Tina Fey.

After leaving SNL, Ogwyn appeared in several films including The Break-Up, Year One, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and Rough Night. 

Currently, he stars alongside John Cusack and Danny McBride in the Netflix series BoJack Horseman. Joby also has a podcast called "The Brain Scoop" where he interviews various comedians and actors about their careers.

17. Herbert Lang

Herbert Lang

Herbert Lang is an American basketball player who has played for several teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Herbert Lang was born on August 1, 1976, in Brinkley, Arkansas.

He attended Centenary College of Louisiana and played for the school's basketball team before being drafted by the New Jersey Nets in the second round of the 2000 NBA draft. Lang subsequently played for other teams such as Seattle SuperSonics, Memphis Grizzlies and Denver Nuggets before joining the Atlanta Hawks during the 2013–14 season.

In 2015, Lang signed with BC Neva Zadar of Croatia where he averaged 12 points per game over two seasons before retiring from professional basketball at age 36 due to injury concerns. 

Herbert Lang is a 6'3" basketball player who has played for the Harlem Globetrotters. He was second on his team in the 2017-2018 season, and sixth overall. In 2016, he competed on The Amazing Race 18 with his teammate Tony Vlachos, finishing in 2nd place.

Herbert also starred as Josh Groban's bodyguard and friend in the short film "Stuff." Outside of basketball, Lang is also an accomplished actor and singer - appearing in films like "Stuff," "The Good Place" (where he played Ted Danson's love interest), and more recently "Walking Out."

 Aspiring to be a professional musician himself one day, Herbert loves performing live onstage whether it's with his band or at solo acoustic shows - something you can catch him doing often around New York City.

18. Connie Rea

Connie Rea Career

  • High school: Muncie Central (Muncie, Indiana)
  • College: , Vanderbilt (1950–1951), Centenary (1951–1953)
  • NBA draft 1953 / Round: 8 / Pick: 63rd overall
  • Selected by the Baltimore Bullets
  • Position: Guard / Forward
  • Number: 14
  • 1954: Baltimore Bullets

Connie Rea was a high school teacher who also played basketball and volleyball. She was born on January 27, 1931 in Marion, Indiana and died on May 5, 2020 at the age of 89.

Rea won numerous awards for her athletic achievements during her career as a high school teacher including being named Indiana's Teacher of the Year in 1977 and 1978. In addition to teaching, Rea competed in several sports throughout her life.

Including basketball and volleyball at Centenary College where she earned two varsity letters as well as an honorary degree from the college in 2010 Connie is survived by her husband Larry with whom she had three children.

Daughters Diane (Tom) Smith-Rea and Tracey (Mike) Ducharme-Rea both of Indianapolis, IN; son Jeffery (Karen) Rea of Carmel Valley Rancho Santa Fe CA.

19. Ted Jefferies

Ted Jefferies Career

  • 1925–1928: Centenary
  • 1933–1943: Wichita Falls HS (TX)
  • 1946: Lamar JC
  • 1947–1955: Stephen F. Austin

Ted Jefferies was born in 1908 and died in 1985. He attended Centenary College of Louisiana, graduating in 1929. After college, he worked as a journalist for several newspapers before becoming the editor of the Yoncopin newspaper in 1945.

In 1962, he became president of Nacogdoches Junior College and served until his retirement in 1971. Ted Jefferies wrote many books about history and politics during his lifetime, including The Texans (1948), A History of East Texas (1959), and The Americans: An Interpretation (1970).

Ted Jefferies was one of college basketball's early innovators, helping to pioneer the use of motion in pick-and-roll offense. After stints as a head coach at Lamar JC and Stephen F. Austin, he joined Wichita Falls HS as an assistant coach in 1933. 

He left Wichita Falls after two seasons to take over as head coach at Texas A&M – a position he would hold for six years before departing for Colorado State University in 1943.

Jefferies returned to his alma mater, Stephen F. Austin, where he finished out his coaching career from 1946 through 1955 with a 83–33 record overall and 41–40 mark in conference play (including three straight NCAA Tournament appearances). 

After retiring from coaching, Ted Jefferies served as an athletic director at various schools across the country before passing away in 1987 at age 80.

20. Harry Davis

Harry Davis

Harry Davis was one of the most versatile and popular players in baseball history. He played first base, right field, and even pitched for a time. Harry Davis spent his entire 21-year career with the Detroit Tigers and is fifth all-time in home runs (258).

His nickname "The Tiger" came from his prowess as a power hitter who could hit any pitch out of the park. In 1948 he led the American League with 43 home runs and won the Triple Crown (batting average .

346, homers .586, RBIs 1128). Harry Davis was inducted into both the Baseball Hall of Fame and The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.

Davis was born in Nashville, Tennessee on October 24th, 1908. He played for the Detroit Tigers from 1932-1933 and then again with the St. Louis Browns from 1937-1938. Davis had a .264 batting average with 7 home runs and 123 RBIs in his career. 

Harry Davis died on November 21st, 1988 at the age of 80 years old after a long illness caused by Alzheimer's disease.

Final Words

Centenary College of Louisiana is a private liberal arts college that has been providing quality education since 1907. The school’s best players of alltime include basketball greats Kenny Smith and Antoine Walker, as well as football stars Emmitt Smith and Ronnie Lott.

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Morgan Wolf

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