Local playoff head coaches headline weekly GNOSF QB Club luncheon Tuesday

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Triplett, Jones, Jones, Saltaformaggio, Brown, Phillips, Walters to speak

ESPN.com New Orleans Saints beat writer Mike Triplett, former LSU football and baseball star Chad Jones, former Tulane and Lutcher star Terrence Jones, Hahnville head coach Nick Saltaformaggio, Karr head coach Brice Brown, Warren Easton head coach Jerry Phillips and West St. John head coach Brandon Walters are the featured speakers at the weekly meeting of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Quarterback Club next Tuesday, Nov. 28 at noon at Rock ‘n’ Bowl, 3016 South Carrollton Ave. in New Orleans.

A native of Davenport, Iowa, Triplett joined ESPN in 2013 as the New Orleans Saints reporter for NFL Nation. He has been covering the Saints as both a reporter and columnist since 2005, previously for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. His duties include daily coverage of the Saints for ESPN.com, as well as appearances on SportsCenter and contributions to ESPN the Magazine, ESPN Fantasy and ESPN Radio.

A New Orleans native, Jones attended St. Augustine High School before moving to Southern Lab after evacuating for Hurricane Katrina. He was a fine defensive back at LSU from 2007-2010 and was part of a national championship team in 2008. In baseball, he was a pitcher and part of a national championship team in 2009. He was drafted by the New York Giants and was drafted by the Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball.

A native of New Orleans, Jones starred at Lutcher High School and Tulane, where he played quarterback from 1985-88. He went on to play professionally in the CFL. Jones left Tulane as the career leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions and attempts while accounting for a school record 9,445 yards of total offense. He was inducted into the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996 & the Allstate Sugar Bowl Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

In his fourth season at Hahnville, Saltaformaggio previously served as the head coach at East Jefferson, Chalmette, Abbeville and Oconee, GA. He guided the Warriors to their first and only state title in 2013, earning national coach of the year honors from NationalHSFootball.com. He has the Tigers in the 5A state semifinals for the first time since 2003

A native of New Orleans, Walters is in his third season as head coach at West St. John, Walters has guided the Rams to the quarterfinals in both of his previous seasons and he has his top-seeded Rams in the semifinals of the Class 1A state playoffs. Walters played at McDonogh 35 and under Eddie Robinson at Grambling.

In his third season, Brown was a player and former assistant coach at Edna Karr before being named head coach in 2015. Brown promptly guided the Cougars to a Class 4A state championship game appearance before leading Karr to the 4A state title in 2016, with his team going unbeaten. Brown earned metro Coach of the Year honors from the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Quarterback Club for a second straight year. He has his top-seeded Cougars in the Class 4A state semifinals.

In his second season as the head coach at Warren Easton, Phillips took over as head coach in 2016 after serving four seasons as defensive coordinator. Phillips was an outstanding player at Karr and was a star linebacker on Tulane’s undefeated team in 1998. He was part of two state championship basketball teams at Karr. Phillips has his Eagles in the Class 4A semifinals for a second straight year.

Speakers from the New Orleans Saints, LSU, Tulane and Prep football will address the audience weekly, along with special guest speakers from the sports world locally and nationally.

A local high school player of the week is chosen throughout the season with a metro prep player of the year announced at the end of the season, sponsored by the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. Lunch is served weekly every Tuesday.

In addition, Chevron sponsors student-athletes of the week each week, who receive plaques and recognition for their accomplishments in the classroom.

Annual standard membership is $50. Luncheons are $20 per person for members and $25 per person for non-members for the 16 week schedule (Aug. 29-Dec. 12). Click here to buy luncheon tickets online.

CrescentCitySports.com serves as the official web site of the GNOSF Quarterback Club while Compliance Technology Group remains a presenting sponsor, along with Strength Systems and WGSO 990am. Weekly releases and the list of weekly speakers can be found at CrescentCitySports.com.

The Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club has teamed up with GameDay magazine to provide you the opportunity to purchase every 2017 Saints regular home game program for one subscription price with proceeds benefiting the Quarterback Club. Just click on this link to order and they will mail you the program on the Friday prior to the home games.

This is an excellent way for you to support your QB Club and receive the beautiful first-class magazine of the New Orleans Saints.

For more information on joining the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Quarterback Club, contact Stan Kottemann at (504) 908-6080 or at skotlaw@aol.com.

For more information on the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Membership program, visit GNOSports.com or contact Tricia Lowe at (504) 619-6114 or at tlowe@gnosf.org.

**The GNOSF Quarterback Club also offers a season ticket package, covering dues and all 15 luncheons for a significant savings over the course of the season.

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