Catholic Sports Hall of Fame to induct eight

Special to The Record

The Louisville Catholic Sports Hall of Fame has announced its 2014 Hall of Fame class. The third annual Louisville Catholic Sports (LCS) Hall of Fame banquet will take place on Nov. 5 in the Bomhard Theater at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.

This year’s Catholic Sports Hall of Fame class includes Dicky Lyons, Dean Wells, Donna Moir, Dennis Lampley, Joe Koch and Jim Frame. The annual Howard Schnellenberger Family Award will be presented this year to the Musselman family.

Steve Fehder, president of the Louisville Catholic Sports Network (LCSN), said, “We are once again proud to recognize an outstanding group of individuals that have demonstrated excellence in their athletic careers and are pillars in their communities. We have a great balance of players, coaches, administrators and contributors. This class defines why the Louisville Catholic Sports Hall of Fame is so special.”

The LCS Hall of Fame selection committee recognized St. Xavier alum and Kentucky football great Dicky Lyons for the upcoming class. He is thought by many to be among the best all-around athletes that Louisville ever produced. Lyons was a standout athlete in football and track and field and had his jersey honored by the University of Kentucky. A brief stint in the National Football League was ended by an injury.

Another University of Kentucky football player, Holy Cross High School graduate Dean Wells, also will be inducted. Wells, the current football director at St. Mary Academy, earned All-Academic SEC honors all four years he played at the University of Kentucky, and he had a nine-year pro football career with Seattle and Carolina.

St. X alum Joe Koch, an All-State player for the Tigers in 1950, earned a scholarship to UK from the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant. During his four-year career as a standout two-way player for the Wildcats, UK had a 27-13-3 record. Following his athletic career, Koch became a successful Louisville businessman.

In addition to the three football players, two coaches who have also led their respective school’s athletic departments will be inducted as will longtime CSAA executive director Jim Frame.

Donna Moir, a state champion in basketball her freshman year at Sacred Heart Academy and three time state champion basketball coach at her alma mater, has amassed an impressive resume both as coach and athletic director. She has a 519-215 record as a coach, good for ninth on the all-time Kentucky high school girls’ basketball coach’s list. She is fourth among active girl’s high school coaches in the state. Under her direction, Sacred Heart has been one of the most dominant girls’ athletic programs in the Commonwealth.

Trinity’s Dennis Lampley, who won five state titles as the Shamrocks football coach, led Trinity athletics to more than 30 state titles in his tenure. He had a 138-21 record as football coach. Lampley is a native of Tennessee, and has served at Trinity for 43 years as a teacher, coach and administrator.

As executive director of the Catholic School Athletic Association for nearly three decades, Jim Frame oversaw the growth of the CSAA to include more than a dozen sports. Frame was instrumental in the expansion of the CSAA, led originally by 2012 LCS Hall of Famer Karl Schmitt Sr.

The Nov. 5 banquet will feature the presentation of the second annual Howard Schnellenberger Family Award. The award recipients, the Musselman family, have a storied athletic history in the Louisville community.

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