Zachary Leger ‘03, has been named the 2019 St. Michael High School Alumni of the Year. Zach currently teaches multiple classes at SMHS, leads our new Engineering program, and dedicates his time to St. Michael athletics. As an avid supporter of the St. Michael community, he continues to give his time and talents through many different school events and volunteer opportunities.
While a high school student, Zach was involved in beta club, football, powerlifting, and track and field. Zach later graduated from the College of Engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology. While at ULL, he was an offensive lineman on the football team earning a varsity letter and a spot on the All-Academic Team for the Sunbelt Conference. Upon graduating in 2008, he worked as a sales engineer before becoming a certified teacher in 2011. Since becoming certified, Zach has held a number of teaching and coaching jobs in Baton Rouge, eventually finding his way back to his alma mater.
Today, Zach takes on multiple responsibilities at St. Michael including teaching engineering, computer architecture, multimedia, and history. He is also the technology specialist, athletics media coordinator, and Head Coach of the track and field team. Zach is an active member of Most Blessed Sacrament Church and is married to Michelle Leger. He has a stepdaughter, Caroline, and Zach and Michelle are expecting a boy, Easton Leger, in September 2019.
Elmo Fernandez is a seasoned basketball coach after dedicating 36 years to the sport and one of this year’s Wall of Honor recipients. Recently retired from coaching, he remains the athletic director at Woodlawn High School. Elmo spent 16 of his coaching years as the head coach for the Warrior boys’ basketball team.
During his time coaching, Elmo secured 611 career wins including six District Championships, five quarter-final appearances, and 24 state playoff appearances. He was named Metro Coach of the Year in 2003 and District Coach of the Year six times throughout his career. Elmo was also inducted into the Louisiana High School Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School Hall of Fame in 2013. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the LHSBCA.
Elmo is married to the former Deborah Simmons and has two children, Jason 38, who is also a Wall of Honor recipient, and Rheagan, 33. They are members of St. Jean Vianney church. Elmo enjoys spending his free time with his five grandchildren: Logan, Tripp, Fletcher, Dean Luis, and Jason Chapman.
Tami Reynolds McClure served the Warrior ladies basketball team as Head Coach from 2001-2016 and is a 2019 recipient of the Wall of Honor. After her time as a collegiate basketball player at New Hampshire College, Tami learned how to share her skills through the art of coaching.
During her 15 years as a Warrior coach, her record was 462-175 and included two State Titles and 13 District Championships. She is a two time All-Star Coach and two-time Louisiana Coach of the Year. She also earned the titles of All-Metro Coach twice, and District Coach of the Year numerous times.
Tami’s fondest memory as Head Coach is the people she met and the friends she gained along the way. She also notes winning her first State Championship as a great achievement, coming back from a 12 point deficit at half-time. She enjoyed being around so many amazing young ladies and assistant coaches and credits her success to the hard work of her teams.
Tami is married to Darren McClure and has a five-year-old son, Nash. She is now the girls’ Head Basketball Coach for Zachary High School.
Jason is a 1999 Warrior graduate and a recipient of the 2019 Wall of Honor Award. As a basketball and track and field athlete, Jason earned numerous accolades during his time in high school.
In track, Jason is a District Champion in the 800 meter relay and a two-time State Champion in the 1,600 meter relay. As a Warrior basketball player, Jason led the team in three-pointers and scoring during all four of his years on the team. He was also a four-time First Team All-District pick, two-time All-Metro player, and two-time All-State player. He remembers as his favorite moment leading the team to win the district championship in 1997.
Jason went on to play basketball at the collegiate level as point guard for the Naval Academy where he served as Team Captain his senior year. After graduating and receiving his degree in Economics, Jason became a Naval Officer for 12 years, embarking on multiple tours in the Middle East during his service.
Today, Jason and his wife, Jessica, own three CrossFit gyms and travel the world teaching CrossFit. In his free time Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, along with volunteering for the March for Dimes.
Chad Davis is a 2005 Warrior graduate and a recipient of the 2019 Wall of Honor Award. In high school, Chad was a multi-sport athlete, dedicating his time to football, baseball, track, and basketball.
His high school accomplishments include many accolades and speak to his athleticism. Chad was an All-District baseball and football player, recipient of the Warrior Tradition Award, and a Wendy’s All-American nominee. He also competed in multiple Louisiana All-Star games and was voted “Most Athletic” by his classmates during his senior year.
Chad says his most memorial moments in high school include playing on the Semi-Final baseball team, winning a District Championship in football, and also leading the Baton Rouge area in rushing yards his senior year.
Chad went on to play football for McNeese State University, winning three conference championships during his time there and earning his master’s degree in exercise science. After college, Chad returned to his roots as a teacher and coach for St. Michael High School.
Today, Chad is the Offensive Coordinator and a teacher at Sam Houston High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He has two children, daughter, Presley Davis, and son, Drake Davis. He is married to Alysia Davis.
Fr. Ryan Hallford
As a teacher, youth minister, care provider, and priest, Father Ryan Hallford exemplifies the qualities of a Warrior Sword Award winner.
After graduating from LSU with a B.A. in philosophy and a B.A. in literature, Fr. Ryan became a theology teacher at St. Michael High School in 2009, dedicating himself to being a Warrior. Working with Campus Ministry, he played a vital role in planning and executing MP3s, retreats, and the March for Life. He was also involved in extracurricular athletics and clubs. He coached wrestling, manned the score board for football and basketball games, and led the Theology of the Body club and the Respect Life club.
Fr. Ryan retired from teaching in 2013 to reenter the seminary and become a priest, but says his time as a teacher was rewarding in evangelizing to students and seeing them dive into the mysteries of faith.
Today, Fr. Ryan remains involved with St. Michael even after graduating from the seminary. He continues to help with retreats and the March for Life pilgrimage. He is assigned as the parochial vicar at St. Jude Church but also serves as a chaplain for St. Michael. In his free time he enjoys reading, giving dance lessons, and practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He will celebrate two years of priesthood next week.