Small, Steltz, Kelly, Monica, Monica, Manale, Fertitta to speak Tuesday to GNO QB Club
Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Torrance Small, former LSU fullback Kevin Steltz, Louisiana Select Association CEO J.P. Kelly, St. Charles Catholic coach Frank Monica, Archbishop Rummel coach Nick Monica, De La Salle coach Ryan Manale and Gabe Fertitta of Catholic of Baton Rouge will be the speakers at the weekly Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at noon at Rock’n’Bowl, 3016 South Carrollton Ave. in New Orleans.
A Tampa native, Small was drafted by the New Orleans Saints out of Alcorn State in 1992. He played five seasons for the Saints, catching 176 passes for 2,180 yards and 16 touchdowns. Small went to play 10 years in the NFL, including with St. Louis, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and New England.
A former star at Archbishop Rummel (Class of 2001), Steltz played in 39 games at LSU between 2002-05, starting frequently at fullback and he was part of a national championship team for the Tigers in 2003. He was the strongest player on the LSU team.
A graduate of Catholic High, Kelly has served as athletic director at his alma mater . Kelly was elected CEO of the Louisiana Select Association in July.
In his 20th year as head coach at St. Charles Catholic and his 50th year in coaching, Frank Monica has his Comets in the Division III state championship game against Lafayette Christian Saturday in Lafayette. Monica has 277 career victories, 11th all-time in Louisiana prep football history. Monica previously won a state title at St. Charles Catholic in 2011 and he also won state titles at Riverside Academy and Lutcher. Monica also served as head coach at Jesuit.
In his first year as head football coach, Nick Monica has Archbishop Rummel in the Division I state title game against Catholic High of Baton Rouge Friday night at Yulman Stadium. Monica has been at Rummel since 2006, serving as an assistant football coach before being elevated to head coach this year. Monica also served as head baseball coach of the Raiders for nine years, leading Rummel to a pair of state championship game appearances.
In his seventh season at De La Salle, Manale has the Cavaliers in the Division II state championship game Friday night at St. Thomas More. Manale guided De La Salle to the 2017 Division II state championship game as well and has also led the Cavaliers to a pair of state semifinal appearances. Manale played and served as an assistant coach previously at Archbishop Rummel.
In his third season at Catholic High, Fertitta has his unbeaten Bears in the Division I state championship game Friday night against Archbishop Rummel at Yulman Stadium. Fertitta served as an assistant coach at Catholic from 2007-09 and served as the school’s offensive coordinator from 2014-16 under Dale Weiner before being elevated to head coach. Fertitta also spent two seasons as the head coach at St. Stanislaus (MS).
The Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club meets each Tuesday (17 weeks) at Rock’n’Bowl through Dec.17, when the club will hold its year-end awards function.
Each week, an R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Prep Player of the Week is chosen, presented by CrescentCitySports.com and NASH ICON 106.1 FM while The King Firm Scholar-Athlete award winner will also be introduced, presented by Friday Night Football from NOLA 38 and WGNO.
A pick-em contest of top college and professional games allows patrons to win prizes from Rock’n’Bowl and Ye Olde College Inn, as well as from the Saints Hall of Fame.
Annual membership to the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club is $50 per person, which includes a discounted $20 lunch from Rock’n’Bowl and Ye Olde College Inn. Non-members are also welcome to attend each week for $30.
For more information on how to join the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club, contact Stan Kottemann at (504) 908-6080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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