Five former athletes and a former coach will be inducted into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 13 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
New inductees are men’s basketball coach Dale Brown, All-American and Olympic baseball pitcher Kurt Ainsworth; basketball and track standout Frank Brian; national champion diver Ashley Culpepper-Gluck; three-time All-American gymnast Amy McClosky-McGinley, and three-time All-American volleyball setter Daniela “Dani” Reis.
Brown took over a struggling LSU men’s basketball program in 1972 and built it into a consistent winner that played in front of sellout crowds. He led the Tigers to Final Four appearances in 1981 and 1986, along with two other NCAA Elite Eight appearances (1980, 1987) and one more Sweet 16 berth (1979).
He won Southeastern Conference titles four times (1979, 1981, 1986, 1989) while taking LSU to 13 consecutive NCAA tournaments.
Ainsworth, who starred at Catholic High School, played baseball at LSU from 1998-99 and was named All-American and Academic All-American in 1999. He led the SEC in strikeouts in ’99, earning NCAA regional Most Outstanding Player honors before being selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft by the San Francisco Giants.
He was a member of the 2000 US Olympic Team that won the gold medal in the Sydney Games. He pitched four years in the major leagues for San Francisco (2001-03) and Baltimore (2003-04) before retiring in 2004.
Brian, a high school standout from Zachary, lettered in men’s basketball at LSU from 1942-43 and 1946-47 as a guard. His college career was interrupted by military service in World War II from 1944-45. He was named All-Southeastern Conference in basketball in 1942-43 and again in 1946 after returning from the war. Brian led the Tigers in scoring in 1943 with a then-school record of 17.7 points per game and was second in the SEC in scoring in 1947. He was named to the SEC All-Tournament team in 1947. Brian also participated in the 1943 SEC track championships.
Culpepper-Gluck lettered in women’s diving at LSU from 1996-2001 and was the 2000 NCAA Diver of the Year after winning the NCAA national title in the 3-meter diving event. She earned 11 All-America awards during her LSU career, including six first-team honors.
McClosky-McGinley lettered in gymnastics at LSU from 1995-98 and earned All-America honors three times, as well as Academic All-America in her final two seasons. A standout on the balance beam, she was the first gymnast in LSU history to score a perfect 10.0 on the beam.
Reis lettered in volleyball at LSU from 1989-92, establishing herself as the finest setter in school history. She was named All-American three consecutive years by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and led the Lady Tigers to back-to-back Final Four appearances in 1990 and 1991.
The Sept. 13 event begins with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $50 each or $500 for a table of 10. For information, call Daniel Nunes in the LSU marketing department at (225) 578-8960.
‘PLAY 4 KAY’ DATE ANNOUNCED: LSU’s Feb. 16 home game against South Carolina will be part of ESPN’s annual “Play 4 Kay” initiative in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
The Lady Tigers and Gamecocks will play at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.com. LSU will wear its pink Nike uniforms for breast cancer awareness. The Lady Tigers are 6-0 all-time when wearing those jerseys at home.
The remainder of the Lady Tigers’ television schedule will be unveiled in the coming weeks. LSU, which participated in a 12-day Spain exhibition tour last month, opens practice under third-year coach Nikki Caldwell on Sept. 30.
TEAM HEADS TO MINNESOTA: The LSU soccer team heads to Minneapolis this weekend to compete at the Minnesota Gold Classic. The Tigers (2-1-1), coming off a 4-2 home loss to No. 6 BYU, will begin this weekend against unbeaten Minnesota (4-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.
LSU finishes the tournament at 11 a.m. Sunday against Southern California.
Ole Miss is also competing in the event. The Rebels face USC at 4 p.m. Friday.
TIGERS FACE THREE TEAMS IN HOUSTON: The LSU volleyball team looks to build on an undefeated opening weekend during a trip to the Rice Invitational.
The Tigers will face face Arkansas-Little Rock at 4 p.m. Friday – 4 p.m.; Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 10 a.m. Saturday and Rice at 7 p.m. Saturday.
LSU collected four-set victories over Texas-San Antonio and UC Davis.
LSU OPENS AT THE FARM: The No. 9-ranked men’s golf team begins its fall season with a familiar trip to The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, Ga., for the 25th-annual Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic.
The event will host a stellar 14-team field that features eight teams that competed at the NCAA Championships a year ago and seven teams that are ranked in the Golfweek Preseason Top 30 for this season.
The Farm Golf Club will play to a par 72 and 7,012 yards for the three-day, 54-hole event with rounds being played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.