Hoffman, 3 Others Honored in ULM Hall of Fame

Oct 16, 2015

The ULM Letterman “L” Club’s Hall of Fame welcomes four new members this fall. The 2015 class includes former football player Vincent Brisby, former basketball player Larry Saulters, former baseball player Andy Davis, and longtime broadcaster Frank Hoffmann.

The newest selections will join the Hall of Fame during induction ceremonies on Saturday, Oct. 17. The induction brunch is planned for 10 a.m., in the ULM Library Conference Center, located on the seventh floor of the ULM library.

“We want to welcome past lettermen, present lettermen, and the community for this special time,” said L Club president Blair Michel. “This is a fun-filled family weekend that all can enjoy in support of ULM athletics.”

Brisby was a playmaking wide receiver on the powerhouse football teams of the early 1990s. He made 97 career catches for 1,864 yards and 17 touchdowns, tied for fifth in school history. Brisby was the team’s 1992 receiving leader with 56 catches for 1,050 yards and nine touchdowns, earning him first-team All American honors from Walter Camp and Football Gazette. A two-time All-Southland Conference first-team selection, Brisby went on to play eight seasons in the NFL with the New England Patriots and participated in Super Bowl XXXI.

This is a fun-filled family weekend that all can enjoy in support of ULM athletics.

  Davis was twice named All-Southland Conference and ranks third in ULM career batting average at .358. An outfielder and designated hitter by trade, Davis held 10 season and career records when he finished his career and his .397 batting average in 1992 is tied for second highest in school history.

Saulters is a former point guard who remains the program’s all-time leader in total assists with 398 and ranks fourth in average per game at 4.3. He also holds the single-game record with 19 vs. Mississippi College in 1970 and season record of 251 in 1969-70.

Hoffmann is beginning his 40th straight year as the play-by-play announcer for ULM and has broadcast nearly 1,000 football and basketball games. Recently, he received the McNaughton Chapter of the College Hall of Fame Distinguished American Award and has been recognized by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association with several awards including best play-by-play.

Hall of Fame weekend festivities tee off with the annual golf tournament at Chennault Golf Course on Friday, Oct. 16. The tournament is a 4-man scramble with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start.

Following Saturday’s induction ceremony, the L-Club and returning Hall of Famers will enjoy a “football casual” reception in the L Club tents located in the South end zone of Malone Stadium before watching the Warhawks kickoff against Appalachian State at 6 p.m. The newest inductees will be recognized on field at halftime.

We expect a packed house for this roll call with the Hall of Fame induction.

  “We expect a packed house for this roll call with the Hall of Fame induction,” Michel said. “And then we head out for an afternoon of fellowship in the end zone of JPS field at Malone Stadium from tailgate until final buzzer with a win over Appalachian State. What a wonderful weekend happening in North Louisiana at the right time of year. The weather should be fantastic for golf at Chennault on Friday, then our prestigious Hall of Fame event on Saturday followed by tailgating thereafter. Come out and support the past, present, and future of ULM athletics.”

Individual tickets to the induction will be available at the Ana Gray Noe Alumni Center for $25 per person. Reservations for a table of eight are $175. To purchase or hold tickets, contact Nancy Davis at 1-866-927-4295, or at 318-342-5421.

The Hall of Fame Golf Tournament begins with lunch at 11 a.m. The tournament begins at 12:30. Cost is $300 per team and $75 for individual players (to be paired with a team). For more information, Contact Ronnie Dowling at rdowling@lacapfcu.org or call 318-450-8244.

2015 Hall of Fame Bios

Vincent Brisby (football, 1988-92): Brisby Made 97 career catches for 1,864 yards and 17 touchdowns, which is tied for fifth in school history. He was a 1991 and 1992 All-Southland first-team selection. He was the team’s 1992 receiving leader with 56 catches for 1,050 yards and nine scores, earning him first-team All-American from Walter Camp, and the Football Gazette. Brisby also recorded two of the top six receiving games in school history with 10 catches for 227 yards vs. the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1992, and seven catches for 206 yards vs. Stephen F. Austin in 1991. He is a product of Washington-Marion High in Lake Charles, and was selected by the New England Patriots with the final pick in the second round of the 1993 draft (58th overall). Brisby played eight seasons in the National Football League for the New England Patriots, and finished his career with 221 career catches for 3,202 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also participated in Super Bowl XXXI.

Andy Davis (baseball, 1988-92): Davis Ranks third in ULM career batting average at .358; eighth in runs scored with 137; second in triples with 12; second in walks with 147; and seventh in steals with 144. Davis was a two-time All-Southland Conference (SLC) selection in 1991 and 1992, who played outfield and designated hitter. In 1989, he was second-team All-SLC. Davis led ULM in batting average in 1989 at .359, and during his final two seasons in 1991 and 1992 at .362 and .397, respectively. He served as team captain in 1991 and 1992 and was named to the SLC 1990s All-Decade team in 2013. Overall, Davis held 10 season and career records when he finished his baseball career. His .397 average in 1992 is tied for the second highest in program history. His eight triples in 1992 remain a school record.

Frank Hoffmann (play-by-play, 1977-present): Hoffmann, the voice of the Warhawks, begins his 40th straight year as the play-by-play announcer for ULM football. He still calls ULM football on radio, and also called basketball for nearly 30 years during his lengthy career. He has broadcast nearly 1,000 football and basketball games. Hoffmann earned three degrees from ULM, including a Doctorate, and has been recognized as the recipient of the George T. Walker Lifetime Achievement Award and the ULM Outstanding Education Alumni Award. He also was the recipient of the McNaughton Chapter of the College Hall of Fame Distinguished American Award, and has been recognized by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association with several awards, including “Best Play-by-Play.”

Larry Saulters (basketball, 1966-70): Saulters, a point guard, remains the assist king in program history. He is ULM’s career leader in total assists with 398, and also ranks fourth with 4.3 assists per game. His 8.7 assists per game and 251 total asssists in the 1969-70 season both remain single-season benchmarks. Saulters holds the single-game assist record with 19 vs. Mississippi College in 1970. He ranks 10th in career made free throws with 288. He was voted team Most Valuable Player (MVP) for 1968-69 by players and coaches, and was co-MVP with Henry Steele in 1969-70. In that same year, he was named team captain, and averaged 11.9 points per game on the talented 1969-70 team that finished 20-9 and reached the NAIA National Tournament. He is the younger brother of ULM basketball legend and Olympic Gold Medalist Glynn Saulters.