Friday, February 10, 2017

Coach Hubert "Hubie" Gallagher

Four years ago, the Covington High School gymnasium was dedicated to former Coach Hubert "Hubie" Gallagher, with ceremonies paying tribute to the legendary coach and civic leader who for 32 years led CHS sports to great accomplishments, especially the basketball team.

Coach Hubert "Hubie" Gallagher

Dozens of former players from the 1940's, 50's and 60's attended a special reception in the CHS library prior to the dedication ceremonies, recalling Gallagher's impact in their lives. The event was part of Covington High’s Centennial Celebration observing the 100th year anniversary for the school.

Principal Deborah McCollum read the long list of achievements from Coach Gallagher's career, not only at CHS but also in the community, as a city councilman, Mayor Pro Tem, and leader of the city's recreational program. For his many career accomplishments, he was inducted into the Louisiana High School Athletics Association Hall of Fame in 1983.

CLICK HERE for a Channel 13 video featuring Coach Gallagher.

To view photographs from the gym dedication ceremonies, CLICK HERE.

Comments by some of the attendees, CLICK HERE for audio file.

Comments by Ralph Menetre and others, CLICK HERE for audio file.

After the dedication ceremonies, an engraved plaque was presented to Pat Gallagher and his sister. Among the players, co-workers and family friends attending the reception were Fred Seal, Bill Ferrer, Jack Bossier, Bobby Cooper, Elton Willie, Pizzie Romano, Ronnie Pogue, Gary and Jeff Schoen.

The reception included a display of photographs from Coach Gallagher’s career, two scrapbooks filled with newspaper articles, letters, and photos, and the large bound book used to list the roster of athletes in each sport at Covington High over the years. Attendees at the reception studied the lists to see their own name placed there at the time of their participation.

From 1939 to 1971, Coach Gallagher not only coached all sports, but taught Civics, Social Studies, Drivers Education and Physical Education. He also served as Physical Education Supervisor for the entire School System. 

Originally from Pennsylvania, Coach Gallagher first came to Covington in 1937, joining the Covington High staff in 1939.

Speakers at the ceremony honoring Gallagher included  Superintendent W. L. "Trey" Folse, III, Ralph Menetre, former Coaches Jack Salter and Allie Smith, Richard Laird, Stanley Jacobs, Hank Ferrer, and Hubie Gallagher's children, Pat Gallagher and Sissy Gallagher Fortier. Here are photographs of some of the speakers:

Former players of Coach Gallagher stand during dedication ceremonies

A photo of Herbie Clairain's baseball team. Members included L.A. Bubba Davenport, Troy Jackson, Bussy Mire, Henri Ferrer, James McLachlan Jr., Ralph Menetre Jr., Leo Stroble, Robert LaBorde, Sam Blossman, Emile Judge Seely, Ronnie Pogue, Robert Fuhrmann Myers, Jack Tannehill, with Hubie Gallagher kneeling at the right.

Photos from 1941-42

1957 Boys Basketball Team

Lyon High Football Team 1938-1939 

Front row, left to right are Hezzie McCance, Jack Zetterburg, Fred Tasker, Herbert Clairain, Coach Hubie Gallagher, Tommy Brewster, Jack Lee, Harvey Core, and Elton Glazer. Second row, Faurve DuBarry, Jack Magruder, Talmadge Core, Clem "Butsy" Beauvais, Raymond Schroeder, David Cartwright, Hulon Passman and Herman "Red" Thompson. Third row, Dumart Parker, L. J. Parker, Zack Lee, Thadeus Toups, Ben Chatelier, Emmet Galloway, Emery "Pete" Keen, Merlin Jahraus, and George Rayford. Top row, Lemmy Griffin, Warren "Bubba" Smith, Guerin DuBarry, Paul Roberts, Charles Keating and David Stidham. (Photo provided by Aileen Faucheux Keen, Names provided by Rusty Burns)

Above is a group photograph of the Lyon High 1945 Boys Varsity Basketball Team in Covington. On the bottom row, left to right: Jimmy Riley, Hezzie Fauntleroy, Ralph Menetre, Ronnie Pogue, Buck Monlezun, and Cyp Schoen. On the top row, left to right: Coach Hubie Gallagher, Fred Terry, Troy Jackson, Huey Thompson, Henri Ferrer, Manuel Dugas, and Ball Boy Hubie Gallagher, Jr., at bottom.

Other team photographs from the mid-1940's