2018-2019 Grizzly Greats Athletic Hall Of Fame Inductees
In January of 2019, Catholic High School will formally induct four new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame, the Grizzly Greats. Catholic High School is proud to announce its 2018-2019 class: Dr. William J. “Joe” Laughlin, Mr. Don Hood, Mr. Ryan Jumonville ’91, and Mr. Calvin Williams ’97.
One of the most respected orthopedic surgeons in the state of Louisiana; Dr. Joe Laughlin is a staple on the sidelines of both Catholic High School and Louisiana State University. Upon completing his education at LSU School of Medicine of New Orleans and residency with Tulane University, Dr. Laughlin trained under legendary sports medicine physicians, Dr. Jack Hughston and Dr. James Andrews, at the renowned Hughston Clinic in Columbus, GA. After completing his training, Dr. Laughlin laid roots in Baton Rouge and immediately began working with the LSU Football Program. In 1981, his profession would bring him to Catholic High School.
For nearly 40 years. Dr. Laughlin has cared for, treated, and rehabilitated Catholic High School athletes. His extensive medical knowledge and sensitive nature with young athletes helped ease the anxiety associated with injuries by parents and students alike. Dr. Laughlin was instrumental in starting the Friday night orthopedic clinic for all area football players. Under Dr. Laughlin‘s leadership and guidance, Catholic High School’s athletic training program has blossomed into an institution boasting two full-time professional trainers, numerous college interns and an academic curriculum training the next generation’s athletic medical professionals.
Dr. Laughlin continues to make his home here in Baton Rouge with his wife Linda and his two children, Elizabeth and Scott Laughlin, a 2001 Catholic High School graduate. Dr. Laughlin is a retired surgeon at the Baton Rouge Orthopedic Clinic.
In 1982, Donald Hood accepted a job with Catholic High School that quickly turned into a life’s mission. For 37 years, Coach Hood has been a pillar of the CHS Community. For more than 10 years, Don touched the lives of his students as a teacher of both World and American History. Following his time as a classroom teacher, Don transitioned into the Guidance Department where held a position for over a decade. In 1986, along with his duties as a teacher, Catholic High School gave Coach Hood the position of Director of Buildings and Maintenance – a position he holds to this day.
One of Coach Hood’s true passions was forming Catholic High School athletes in both Football and Track & Field. As an assistant football coach, Don’s teams won 16 district titles, made six semifinals appearances, and was a State Runners-Up in 1991. As the field coach for the Catholic High School Track and Field team, Don’s teams won 15 Outdoor State Titles, 13 Indoor State Titles, five Outdoor State Runners-Up, five Indoor State Runners-Up, and 35 district titles. Furthermore, Coach Hood coached 16 individual state champions in Outdoor and seven individual state champions in Indoor in the Javelin, Shot Put, and Discus. Eleven times, Coach Hood’s athletes swept all three individual titles at the District Championships. While Don Hood‘s accomplishments as a coach are tremendous, the individual attention and care he has given to his athletes and the support he has provided to other members of the athletic staff will be his lasting legacy. Dale Weiner and Pete Boudreaux have frequently remarked that their success is in large part due to Coach Hood, and both cherish his loyalty to Catholic High.
Coach Hood has been married to his wife, Elma Sue, for 30 years and they continue to make their home in Baton Rouge. His son, Levi, graduated from CHS in 2011. His daughter, Megan, and her husband, Patrick Walker, have three children, Don’s grandchildren: Ethan (10), Addison (8) and Mayln (5).
One of the outstanding State Champions coached by Don Hood was 1991 CHS graduate, Ryan Jumonville. Ryan earned varsity letters in football and track as a sophomore. His junior year, he was the starting running back on the football team, and his no-fear style of play made him a standout on special teams. The Bears finished 9-3 that year with the memorable 21-point comeback win against Lee High in the last game of the regular season. That same year, the track team was the District and Regional champions, and Ryan lead the field events earning the District, Regional, and State individual championships in the javelin. Despite a devastating leg injury in the first football game of his senior year, Jumonville was a constant presence both in the locker room and on the sideline as his 1990 Bears Football team finished as State Runners-Up. Ryan persisted and he was able to repeat as the District and Regional champion in the javelin in 1991 and was a significant piece to the CHS 1991 Outdoor State Champion Track and Field Team by placing second in the state meet.
Because of his accolades in the Javelin, Ryan was offered and accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of Tennessee for Track and Field. He made an immediate impact for the Volunteers earning a varsity letter as a freshman for the Volunteers in 1992 and being named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 1993. Unfortunately, injury struck again, cutting Ryan’s collegiate athletic career short. However, he retains a top ten throw in Tennessee’s program. He transferred back home to LSU and earned his degree in political science.
Following his career in athletics, Jumonville blazed a path in business and philanthropy. After taking over the family business, Louisiana Dental Plan, Ryan founded United Networks of America – a company producing medical discount cards that serves over 120 million members worldwide. Jumonville, now the Chairman of United Networks of America, has used his success in business to serve others through his philanthropic giving. Ryan donates countless hours of time and provides great financial support to many worthy causes throughout the world. He has built wells in Africa, houses for single mothers, donated more than one million meals to food banks, created scholarships for children of fallen US military servicemen, donated over $1 million to the Children’s Miracle Network and partnered with fellow Grizzly Greats, Warrick Dunn ’93, to support the Warrick Dunn charities. Jumonville has also collaborated with Catholic High School to meet the needs of the growing student body through a generous donation to CHS that allowed the school to construct its current state-of-the-art track and field complex.
Ryan makes his home in Destin, Florida, with his wife, Raven, and their three children, Jayden (10), Gavin (7) and Ethan (2).
The final inductee of the 2018-2019 Catholic High School Grizzly Greats Athletic Hall of Fame Class is one of the most decorated Track and Field athletes in the history of Louisiana High School Athletics. A 1997 graduate, Mr. Calvin Williams immediately made his presence known by winning the Outstanding Trackman Award as a freshman.
In his four-year career, Williams won four state championships in Indoor with an individual championship in the 55m hurdles and three relay championships. Calvin won an amazing eight state championships in Outdoor with two individual titles in the 110m hurdles and six relay championships. His senior year, Calvin won four events at the State meet; the only athlete in the history of CHS to do so. His 12 total state titles are unmatched at Catholic High School. For his efforts, he was awarded the Outstanding Trackman award at the State Meet. His 1997 Track and Field team set a point record at the state meet, and to this day, no team has ever won more events than the 1997 Bears.
Calvin’s incredible high school career garnered interest from nearly every collegiate track and field program. He ultimately accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of Texas. While a Longhorn, Calvin was named an All-American in 1998 as a member of the 1600m relay and again in 2001 as a member of the Distance Medley Relay. Williams’ name is etched in Longhorn Track and Field history with top ten performances in the 60m Relays, 400m hurdles, the Indoor shuttle hurdle relay and two top ten performances in the 1600m relay.
Calvin has two children, Calvin IV (17) and Chloe (5), and has been an employee of the Baton Rouge Fire Department for ten years.
The Grizzly Great Induction Ceremony will be on January 5, 2019 at L’auberge Casino and Hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. All are welcome to attend. Ticket information will be posted at catholichigh.org by October 26.