Former Covington High School Football Coach Jack Salter was inducted into the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Saturday night during the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s annual Awards Banquet at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
The honor acknowledged his 33 year career record of 259 wins, 110 losses, and 8 ties, winning 70 percent of games played. He led the Lions to four state championship games, winning the top state honor in 1976.
The 81-year-old Salter said he was extremely happy about the hall of fame ceremony, and he was looking forward to seeing many of his friends and family members attending the banquet. Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III was one of those on hand to congratulate him.
“Seeing Coach Salter being inducted into the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame was truly an honor for our School System,” said Superintendent Folse. “His tireless work and dedication spanning three decades for the athletic programs of St. Tammany Parish Public Schools are legendary, and he has always given much of the credit to his assistants and the kids he coached. Coach Salter and his assistant coaches have made an immeasurable contribution to our School System, as do all our outstanding coaches and athletic directors.”
A native of Covington, Salter was first an assistant football coach at St. Paul’s School before becoming CHS Coach Hubie Gallagher’s assistant in 1962. A year later, Coach Gallagher retired, and Coach Salter became head football coach for the Lions.
The stadium at Covington High was named after him in 2001. Since at that time, public buildings couldn’t be named in honor of individuals until after their death, special state legislation was passed to allow changing the stadium’s name to honor Salter.
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