Six Elected to LSU Athletic Hall of Fame
BATON ROUGE - Four former LSU standouts and two former LSU coaches and administrators have been elected to the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame, the school has announced.
New inductees to the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame are women's basketball two-time National Player of the Year Seimone Augustus, two-time All-American football wide receiver Wendell Davis, three-time track and field national champion triple jumper Suzette Lee, baseball National Player of the Year Lloyd Peever, five-time national champion baseball coach Skip Bertman and long-time athletic director Carl Maddox.
The six newly elected honorees will be formally inducted into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame later this year on a date to be announced. Maddox will be inducted posthumously.
Seimone Augustus played basketball at LSU from 2002-06 and was twice named National Player of the Year as she transformed the sport of women's basketball on the LSU campus and ushered in the most successful era in Lady Tiger history. A three-time All-American, she won virtually every national honor including the Wade Trophy, Naismith Award and Wooden Award.
The Baton Rouge native scored 2,702 points in her career, second-most in LSU history, as she started a school-record 140 games. Augustus led LSU to three straight Final Four appearances, the first in school history, while scoring in double figures in a remarkable 97 straight games. After leading the nation with a scoring average of 22.7 points per game as a senior, she was the No. 1 choice of the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA draft in 2006 and she led the US Olympic Team to a gold medal in Beijing in 2008. A 2006 graduate of LSU, she is in her sixth season with the WNBA's Lynx.
Wendell Davis played football at LSU from 1984-87 and was named All-American in his junior and sophomore seasons. He led the Tigers to the Southeastern Conference championship in 1986 before earning SEC Most Valuable Player honors in 1987. One of the most prolific pass-catchers in the history of Tiger football, Davis holds the LSU mark for most receptions in a career with 183 and is second in school history in receiving yards with 2,708.
Davis teamed with LSU Hall of Fame quarterback Tommy Hodson to create an electrifying pass-catch combination that revolutionized SEC football. The Tigers went 28-6-2 in Davis' last three seasons with appearances in the Liberty, Sugar and Gator Bowls. He was a first round pick of the Chicago Bears in the 1988 NFL draft and played six seasons, seeing action in 81 games with 207 catches for 3,000 yards and 14 touchdowns before injuries cut short his career. A 2007 graduate of North Park University, he now resides in Mundelein, Illinois.
Suzette Lee competed in track and field at LSU from 1996-97 and won three national titles in the triple jump while earning All-America honors five times in the triple jump and long jump. A member of four NCAA Championship teams while at LSU, she was the NCAA triple jump indoor champion in 1997 and NCAA outdoor champion in both 1996 and 1997. She still holds the NCAA record in the indoor triple jump with a mark of 46 feet, nine inches.
Lee is also a four-time SEC champion in the triple jump, having won two indoor titles and two outdoor titles. She represented her native Jamaican Olympic Team in the 1996 Games in Atlanta, then won a silver medal in the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, and competed internationally until 2005. A 1999 graduate of LSU, she is now a Pilates instructor and personal trainer in Houston.
Lloyd Peever played baseball at LSU in 1992 and had one of the best years a pitcher has ever had for a Tiger baseball team. A transfer to LSU from Seminole State College, he assembled a perfect 14-0 record with an earned run average of just 1.97 and was named National Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball Magazine and first team All-American by both the American Baseball Coaches Association and Baseball America Magazine. He helped lead the Tigers to a 50-16 record as they won the SEC championship before losing in the NCAA Regional Tournament, just short of a College World Series berth.
Midway through his stellar campaign he sustained a frightening injury when a line drive caromed off his head in a game against Ole Miss. He missed two starts, but returned to finish his perfect season. He is one of only three players in LSU history to earn National Player of the Year honors along with Ben McDonald and Eddy Furniss. He entered the Major League draft after the 1992 season and was a fourth round draft choice of the Colorado Rockies. He played five seasons in the minor leagues before retiring in 1997. A 1996 graduate of LSU, he now resides in Baton Rouge.
Skip Bertman coached LSU baseball from 1983-2001 and built it into a national powerhouse, winning five national championships (1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000) with 11 College World Series appearances, 16 NCAA Tournament appearances and seven SEC titles. Bertman took over an LSU baseball program that had enjoyed only sparse success and little local interest and built it into a perennial national contender and the annual attendance leader in college baseball.
Bertman was named National Coach of the Year six times as he led his team to nine 50-win seasons and during his tenure more than 100 players were drafted into professional baseball while 41 reached the major leagues. In 1996 he was head coach of the US Olympic Team in Atlanta that won the bronze medal. After retirement from baseball he became the athletic director at LSU in 2001 and served in that position until 2008. He was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 and the inaugural class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006. A 1960 graduate of the University of Miami, he still resides in Baton Rouge.
Carl Maddox served as athletic director at LSU from 1968-78 during which time he was responsible for unprecedented growth in LSU's athletics facilities and the dawn of the age of women's varsity sports on campus. Maddox served in various capacities at LSU for a quarter of a century, including six years as assistant football coach from 1954-59 and eight years as director of the LSU Union from 1960-68 before becoming athletic director.
Maddox expanded the scope of LSU Athletics during his tenure as AD, establishing a viable women's sports program with the addition of volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, tennis and swimming on the varsity level while also adding four men's sports in cross country, gymnastics, wrestling and swimming. He oversaw the construction of numerous facilities at LSU including the LSU Field House, Bernie Moore Track Stadium, the LSU Tennis Stadium, four football practice fields and the west side addition to Tiger Stadium, and he introduced lighting at the old Alex Box Stadium for night baseball. The LSU Field House was later named in his honor.
Maddox also served as athletic director at Mississippi State from 1979-83 and in 1986 he received the James J. Corbett Memorial Award presented by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics for lifetime achievement in athletic administration. He is a member of the Louisiana and Mississippi Sports Halls of Fame, the LSU Tiger Hall of Distinction, the Northwestern State University Athletic Hall of Fame and the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction. A 1932 graduate of Louisiana Normal College (now Northwestern State), he earned his master's degree from LSU in 1943. He died in 1996 at the age of 83.