November 26th, 2018

Louisville Catholic Sports Hall of Fame Announces Its Seventh Class

Samantha Stallings


Louisville Catholic Sports Hall of Fame Announces Its Seventh Class
2017 Louisville Catholic Sports Hall of Fame Inductees/ File Photo


On December 10th Louisville Catholic Sports will induct their seventh class in the Louisville Catholic Sports Hall of Fame. The event will take place at the Henry Clay with doors opening at 5:45 p.m. and the induction ceremony starting at 7:15 p.m.

This years inductees include Anne Kordes, Christi Hester Mack, Carmen (Mims) Noel, Laura Schwab, Dennis Pursley, Bill Glaser and coach Joe Reibel for induction. The Varga family will be honored with the sixth annual Howard Schnellenberger Family Award. In addition, recent St. Xavier alum Patrick McSweeney, who has battled Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia for more than a decade, will be honored with the Courage Award.

Steve Fehder, President of the Sports Media TEAM and Producer of the event 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 athletes, coaches and contributors. This class truly defines why the Louisville Catholic Sports Hall of Fame is so special.”

Anne Kordes was a standout volleyball player at Assumption and helped deliver the school’s first-ever state championship in that sport in 1992. She starred collegiately first at Cincinnati and then at Louisville before embarking on an outstanding coaching career at St. Louis and Louisville.

Christi Hester Mack was a two-time first-team All-State basketball honoree and was one of the most prolific scorers of her era. She’s the all-time scoring and assists leader at Holy Cross and achieved great success at the University of Dayton where she is enshrined in their Hall of Fame.

Laura Schwab won four tennis team state championships at Sacred Heart from 1988 through 1991. She was a two-time State Champion of the KHSAA single’s state tournament in 1990 and 1991. She played four years at Notre Dame and was the team captain her senior season. She is currently the President of Aston Martin the Americas, the first female president of Aston Martin in its 105-year history.

Carmen (Mims) Noel graduated from Mercy in 2005 and was a 10-time state champion in cross country and track and field. She is one of the most decorated distance runners in state history.

Dennis Pursley was a three-time state swim champion while at Trinity and has enjoyed a distinguished coaching career at the collegiate, national and international levels. He is a pioneer in his sport and is currently the head swim coach at Alabama.

A 1961 graduate of St. Xavier, Bill Glaser began his coaching career at St. X in the 1965. He led the Tigers to back-to-back football state titles in 1974-75 and was named the KHSAA Coaches Association and Courier-Journal’s Coach of the Year in 1975. He then moved to the college ranks where he was an assistant coach at the University of Kentucky for 20 years.

Joe Reibel was a standout basketball player and then coach at both St. Xavier and Bellarmine. Not only did he lead the Tigers to the 1962 state championship, he’s the youngest coach in the history of the state to do so. Additionally, he holds the record for most wins as Bellarmine’s coach with 346.

“This class is just another example of the rich tradition of Catholic athletics in this community,” said Paul Najjar, Broadcast Coordinator for LCS and a member of the Hall of Fame selection committee. “There are so many deserving individuals for this award and we are excited to honor this outstanding group.”

In addition to these five stellar inductees and the tribute to McSweeney, the evening will feature the presentation of the sixth annual Howard Schnellenberger Family Award. The award recipient, the Varga family, are one of Louisville’s prominent families that has achieved incredible success in business and the medical fields and has given back substantially to the community. Having attended Catholic grade school (St. Raphael) and Catholic high schools (Assumption and St. X), they participated in multiple sports but were best known for their success at those levels and even collegiately in the sport of tennis.

Local entrepreneur and St. Xavier alum, Joe Steier, will serve as the event’s guest speaker. Steier is the President and CEO of Signature Healthcare.

For tickets contact Katie Loos at

Tickets for General Admission are $70, for General Admission table of 10 $650, and for a VIP ticket $150


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