Louisville Catholic Sports Hall of Fame Announces Its Fourth Class

Coach Glaser won over 300 games in his career as the coach of the Tiger Football team and is now a helpful hand for the Tiger Basketball program. | Photo by Tim Porco

Coach Glaser won over 300 games in his career as the coach of the Tiger Football team and is now a helpful hand for the Tiger Basketball program. | Photo by Tim Porco

Louisville, Ky – The Louisville Catholic Sports Hall of Fame has announced is 2015 Hall of Fame class. The fourth annual Louisville Catholic Sports Hall of Fame will take place on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 in the Bomhard Theater at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

The LCS Hall of Fame selection committee selected the following athletes, coach, contributor and family for its fourth edition, to include Jeff Van Note, Crystal Kelly, Collen Jones Underhill, Bobby Curtis, Mike Glaser, Joe McGrath and the Howard Schnellenberger Family Award will be presented to the Gahm family.

Steve Fehder, President of the Louisville Catholic Sports Network (LCSN), said, “We are once again proud to recognize an outstanding group of individuals that have demonstrated excellence in their athletic careers and are pillars in their communities. We have a great balance of players, coaches, administrators and contributors. This class truly defines why the Louisville Catholic Sports Hall of Fame is so special.”

Van Note is a product of St. Joe Prep, now Bethlehem, and played defensive end at Kentucky before distinguishing himself as one of the best NFL centers of his era for the Atlanta Falcons. He is in the Falcons’ Ring of Honor and is a member of the Kentucky chapter of the NFL Hall of Fame. He was the long-time radio color analyst for the Falcons and currently is the color voice for Georgia Tech.

Sacred Heart alum Crystal Kelly will be the youngest-ever inductee into the LCS Hall of Fame and certainly deserving. Voted as Kentucky’s Miss Basketball in 2004, the three-time state title winning Kelly went on to set career scoring and rebounding records at Western Kentucky University. Her 2,803 points ranks 23rd all-time in NCAA Division I scoring.

Colleen Jones Underhill built the foundation of an outstanding tennis career while at Sacred Heart culminating with an individual state championship in 1973. She was ranked No. 1 in the state throughout her high school career and was undefeated as the No. 1 singles player during her college career at the University of Miami, Ohio.

St. Xavier has two high-achieving alumnae in this year’s class of inductees. During his 31 years as head coach of the Tigers, Mike Glaser distinguished himself as one of the elite coaches in Kentucky prep football history winning 336 games and seven state championships. Distance running phenom Bobby Curtis set several records in Cross Country and Track on his way to winning 19 state titles-12 individual, five team and two relay titles.

“This class is just another example of the rich tradition of Catholic athletics in this community,” said Billy Reed, Executive Editor of LCSN and a member of the Hall of Fame selection committee. “There are so many deserving individuals for this award and we are excited to honor this outstanding group.”

In addition to the four athletes and coach Glaser, CSAA contributor Joe McGrath will be honored for his contributions as a long-time coach of several sports at St. Denis elementary school. McGrath’s 44-year coaching legacy ranks among the richest in CSAA history as he coached more than 100 total seasons of sports. He follows Karl Schmitt, Sr., Father Tom Gentile, and Jim Frame as one who helped shape the CSAA into what it is today.

The evening will feature the presentation of the third annual Howard Schnellenberger Family Award. The award recipients, the Gahm family, have a storied athletic history in the Louisville community most notably in the golf world and as the builders of Valhalla Golf Club.


Posted on October 22, 2015, in Tiger Cross Country, Tiger Football, Tiger Track and Field. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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