One of several Indiana lads who came south to attend Louisiana Tech and participate in sports here, Jerry Lovett proved to be one of Tech’s and the state’s most outstanding college cagers during his career in Ruston from 1948 through 1952. Playing for coach Cecil Crowley, Lovett made all-Gulf States Conference as a junior and senior and left Tech as its all-time leading scorer with 1,083 points. In a basketball era featuring a much more deliberate pace, Lovett averaged 16.1 points as a junior and 17.6 as a senior. He still ranks No. 28 among all-time Tech scorers. Lovett, who was also an all-conference baseball player for Tech in 1953, went on to become one of this region’s most respected and successful prep basketball coaches. He spent his entire career at Calhoun High in western Ouachita parish, coaching for there for three decades. Upon retirement, Lovett’s teams had averaged 22 wins per year, produced 631 career wins and 17 playoff appearances, including capturing the 1973 state championship. Lovett was named “Mr. Basketball” in 1996 by the Louisiana Basketball Coaches Association and was inducted into the LHSAA Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2006.