A gala evening: Loyola inducts two greats, team into its Hall
With four individuals already in the Hall of Fame, the 2007-08 Wolf Pack women’s basketball team headlines the 2017 Loyola University New Orleans Wolf Pack Hall of Fame class, which includes multi-sport athlete Jack Eumont, Class of 1949, and standout basketball standout Trenell Smith, Class of 2010.
Loyola will also recognize longtime faculty athletic representative Dr. Katherine H. Adams with the St. Sebastian Award, given annually to an individual who has exhibited outstanding efforts on behalf of Loyola athletes away from the playing field.
The Wolf Pack Hall of Fame reception took place on Jan. 21 in the university’s Danna Student Center prior to the induction ceremony.
Led by Hall of Fame coach DoBee Plaisance, the 2007-08 women’s basketball team set a program record for most wins in a single campaign, which still stands (28). The team won 17 of its 18 games against opponents in its league at the time, the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. It won 16 straight games, repeated as regular-season GCAC champions and came within one possession of repeating as post-season GCAC tournament champs.
After arriving from St. Aloysius High School in 1945, Eumont earned a letter as an outfielder on the first baseball team fielded by Loyola since 1928. He then batted above .300 as a sophomore for a Loyola team that won 13 games and lost four, while also helping the junior varsity basketball squad, known as the Wolfpups, finish as Southern AAU runners-up with a 27-5 record.
Smith manned the point guard position for Loyola basketball teams that finished atop the GCAC and qualified for national tournaments in three consecutive seasons beginning in 2006-07.
During Smith’s time at Loyola (2005-10), due to an extra season of eligibility following Hurricane Katrina, the Wolf Pack won 73 percent (104 of its 143) games.
Smith helped Loyola win two GCAC postseason tournament titles and a program-best 28 games.