St. James to induct Gaille, Geason into school’s hall of fame
Former St. James head football coach Rick Gaille and Cory Geason will be inducted into the St. James High School Hall of Fame this Friday night when the Wildcats host Assumption.
Gaille led the Wildcats to three state championship game appearances with his Wildcats reaching the playoffs 17 times in 19 seasons before joining Ken Trahan’s Original Prep Football Report and The Three Tailgaters Show as an analyst. Gaille also served as the co-host of Prep Recruiting Insider on WHNO-TV.
Gaille passed away on July 1, 2018.
Geason went on to play at Tulane after a brilliant stint at St. James. Geason then played part of three seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills.
In addition, Donovan Kliebert will be inducted into the St. James Hall of Distinction. Kliebert attended St. James in the 1970’s and graduated in 1978.
Kliebert helped with the little league teams and was a trainer who also helped with little league teams as a volunteer for virtually everything.
St. James principal Shane Kliebert has great recollections of all three honorees.
“Rick was that father figure for us,” Kliebert said. “As a player for him and as a coach for him, he always demanded your very best. There was always a sense of urgency. Everything had to have a reason. When I coached defense, I had to explain why I wanted to make some changes. He was so methodical, so well thought out.”
Kliebert was in elementary school when Geason played for St. James.
“Cory was older than I was and he was on Rick’s first team in 1992,” Kliebert said. “What I remember about him is that his name was called all the time on offense and on defense, kicking extra points or running in a two-point conversion. He touched all three phases of the game. He was a man among boys.”
The slogan and familiar initials THDE, which Gaille started at St. James, is alive and well.
The initials stand for Tradition, Honor, Discipline, Excellence.
“It is our school motto now,” Kliebert said.
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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, CCSE CEO Ken Trahan has been a sports media fixture in the community for nearly four decades. Ken started NewOrleans.com/Sports with Bill Hammack and Don Jones in 2008. In 2011, the site became SportsNOLA.com. On August 1, 2017, Ken helped launch CrescentCitySports.com. Having accumulated national awards/recognition (National Sports Media Association, National Football…