Editor’s note: This is one of a Louisiana Sports Writers Association series of stories featuring the 11 members of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame’s 2015 Induction Class. They will be enshrined June 27 in Natchitoches, capping three days of activities. For a full schedule, visit LaSportsHall.com or call 318-238-4255.
Even though his football career has been over since the 1991 season, it’s been an outstanding seven months for former McNeese State All-American and All-Pro NFL defensive back Leonard Smith.
Coming off an eight game road trip to start the season, Louisiana Tech (4-4; 0-0 WAC) returns to Ruston this weekend, where they will play host to the Louisiana Tech Invitational in the Thomas Assembly Center and compete in their first home match of the 2011 campaign.
Tech will host Grambling State, Southeastern Louisiana and Texas Tech in the tournament.
“We are very excited to be playing at home this weekend. It is a great opportunity to play two in-state programs and also to compete against Texas Tech,” said head coach Matt Sonnichsen.
As a personal trainer who studied at Ruston High School and Louisiana Tech University, Sharon Jackson has long known about Ruston Daily Leader Executive Sports Editor O.K. ‘Buddy’’ Davis.
So when she heard that Davis has been hospitalized since Oct. 6 after suffering a stroke, the owner of Sharon Jackson Personal Training Services and Sharon’s Slammin Bootcamp for Women, as well as the wife of former Louisiana Tech assistant track coach Shawn Jackson, decided she had to take action.