BATON ROUGE -- Three former LSU standouts and three former LSU coaches and administrators were inducted into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame Tuesday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center amidst a throng of former Tiger greats in all sports.
New inductees to the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame were track and field sprinter Esther Jones, football defensive lineman Anthony “Booger” McFarland, softball pitcher Britni Sneed, athletic trainer Dr. Martin J. “Marty” Broussard, former football and track coach Bernie Moore and former basketball and baseball coach Harry Rabenhorst. Broussard, Moore and Rabenhorst were inducted posthumously.
Among the attendees at Tuesday’s induction ceremonies more than 20 existing members of the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame, ranging from All-American running back Kevin Faulk who was inducted only three years ago to basketball and track All-American Bobby Lowther who played for the Tigers in the 1940s.
The returning Hall of Famers participated in LSU’s annual Walk of Honor prior to the event and members of the fraternity Phi Mu Alpha serenaded the crowd of over 300 people with the LSU Alma Mater. Later, basketball All-American Rudy Macklin welcomed the new inductees into the Hall of Fame. LSU director of athletics Joe Alleva also addressed the group.
Each inductee was introduced by a video presentation followed by a brief acceptance speech by each honoree. At the end of the evening the three living inductees, Jones, McFarland and Sneed, were presented with a Hall of Fame ring.
Jones, who was in attendance from Atlanta, Ga., enters the Hall as the most decorated athlete in the history of women’s track and field at LSU. She was a 21-time All-American in the sport as a collegiate competitor and won the gold medal as a member of the United States 4x100-meter relay team at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. She led LSU to four outdoor national championships and two indoor national titles from 1988-91.
McFarland, who flew to Baton Rouge from his home in Tampa to attend the event, was a first-team All-American defensive lineman for the Tigers in 1998 and an All-Southeastern Conference choice that season as well. He helped lead a resurgence of LSU football in the mid-1990s as a four-year starter on the defensive line from 1995-98. In 1995 he was the SEC’s Freshman Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
Sneed, an assistant coach at Baylor who is in Baton Rouge for a game against LSU on Wednesday night, was one of the top softball pitchers in the country during her LSU career from 1999-2002. A first team All-American selection in both her junior and senior seasons, and a second team All-American as a sophomore, she was a finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year in 2002.
Broussard, who was represented at the event by his son Buddy Broussard of Prairieville, was widely renowned as one of the top sports medicine specialists in the nation and impacted the lives of several generations of LSU student-athletes during his tenure as head athletic trainer at LSU from 1948 to 1993. Known as “Doc Broussard” to the many LSU athletes who came under his watch, Broussard also was head athletic trainer at Florida and Texas A&M during his career and served his final years in the LSU athletic department as assistant to the athletic director from 1993 to 2001. Broussard died in 2003.
Moore, who was represented at the event by his granddaughther, Margaret “Sonnie” Bain of Brentwood, Tenn., was LSU’s head track coach from 1930-47 and head football coach from 1935-47. He led the track team to its first national championship in 1933 and engineered a total of 12 SEC track titles in his 18 seasons as head coach. He is the second-winningest coach in LSU football history with a record of 83-29-6 in his 13 seasons. He led the gridiron Tigers to five bowl appearances and two SEC titles in 1935 and 1936. Moore died in 1967.
Rabenhorst, who was represented at the event by his nephrew Harry Heroman of Baton Rouge, served two terms as head basketball coach and two terms as head baseball coach at LSU while also serving as an assistant football coach and assistant athletic director during his career. His basketball coaching career was highlighted by a national championship in 1935, a Final Four appearance in 1953 and three SEC titles in 1935, 1953 and 1954. His 29-year record as head coach of the basketball Tigers was 340-264 in stints from 1932-41 and 1945-57. Rabenhorst died in 1972.