St. Martin's Episcopal School is pleased to announce its newest inductees into the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame: Mark McGinnis '86, Ryan Rossner '00, and Maggie Rusch '06.
The 2021 Hall of Fame class was formally inducted at an Upper School assembly ceremony on October 15, 2021. WDSU Sports Anchor/Reporter Fletcher Mackel served as master of ceremonies while Interim Head of School Ford Jones Dieth, Jr. ’89 presented the awards. Upper School students attended the ceremony via Zoom and listened to the inductees’ inspirational messages.
First to be inducted was Mark McGinnis '86, introduced by his former coach Charles “Chick” McGeehan, also a Hall of Fame member. McGinnis was a gifted athlete who excelled in football, basketball, and track and field.
McGinnis was awarded many accolades over the years, including being named a starter on the State of Louisiana East All-Star Team and the 1985 Times-Picayune Small Schools MVP. He was also selected to the All-District team as quarterback and punter. He was named “Most Outstanding Track Man” and won four gold medals at the district track meet his junior year.
During McGinnis’ time at StM, he was the starting quarterback for four years. A four-year letterman in track, he was also a three-year basketball starter. During his senior year, he served as team captain for football, basketball, and track; he was the district champ for javelin. He was also voted St. Martin's Most Athletic Boy. McGinnis went on to play college football at SMU and Georgia.
McGinnis reminisced fondly about his StM experience. For the Upper School students Zooming in, he shared this advice: “Slow down, enjoy the ride, give your best on every play. It goes by fast. Cherish every moment. Thank you, St. Martin’s. I love you, St. Martin’s.”
Next to be inducted was Ryan Rossner '00. He was introduced by his former coach and teacher, Jim Marsalis ’62, another Hall of Fame member. While at St. Martin’s, Rossner was a multi-sport athlete who was a superior performer in football, soccer, and track and field.
Rossner received many accolades over the years, including being named to the 2000 All-District football team as a placekicker and the LSWA All-State track team in the discus. He was named Outstanding Field Performer at the 2000 Sugar Bowl track meet, and the Times-Picayune named him the metro area’s Outstanding Field Athlete for 2000.
While at StM, Rossner served as captain of the soccer team during his junior year, and placed second in the discus at State. During his senior year, he was the 1A individual champion in the discus as well as the shot put. Rossner currently holds the StM record for discus (171-6) as well as shot put (57-2). Rossner went on to earn a college scholarship to play football for Stephen F. Austin University in Texas, where he had an excellent four-year career as their kicker.
During the ceremony, Rossner expressed his gratitude for his entire St. Martin’s experience, especially the impact of play time during his younger years. He said, “Going to school here in Lower School, there were countless races on the playground, countless games of kickball that really contributed to loving to kick really hard… I have great memories, and it made sports so much fun for me.”
Last to be inducted was Maggie Rusch '06. She was introduced by her former coach, Linda Trevino, also a Hall of Fame member. During Rusch's time at St. Martin’s, she was voted Most Athletic Girl, and it’s no surprise. She was a talented athlete who participated and excelled in volleyball, swimming, cross country, soccer, and track and field.
Rusch received many awards during her years here, including being named to the All-State swim team twice and receiving StM’s E. Douglas Johnson Award (presented to the young woman who has demonstrated superior athletic ability in two or more varsity sports during the school year). She was voted MVP for track and cross country all four years of high school. She held the school record for the 800m race until 2020, and still holds the school record for the 1600m and 3200m races.
While at StM, Rusch served as captain of the volleyball team during her junior and senior years. She was the top player on the state runner-up volleyball team and was named to the 2004 and 2005 All-District teams. Rusch went on to play volleyball for the University of Pennsylvania, where she played for two years. Currently, Rusch competes as a professional triathlete.
Rusch perfectly summed up the impact St. Martin had on her when she said, “I loved so many things about St. Martin’s in my years here, but it's hard to top the fact that when we have the access to the most amazing teachers, mentors, and coaches, they have the potential to help us truly discover ourselves. I certainly found that through them.”
Each year, St. Martin's inducts new members into its Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame, established in 2006. The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals and teams who distinguished themselves in interscholastic athletics as players, coaches, athletic trainers, or administrators while at St. Martin's.
Past inductees include: the 1951 Metro Championship Football Team, Coach Tony Porter, Ben Tisdale '54, John Eastman '64, Glenn Johnson Brady '65, John Girault '55, the 1969 Class A State Track Champions, JoAnn DeMartini '82, Kate McCall '79, Chris Delaune '91, the 1978 Volleyball State Championship Team, Linda Tuero Lindsley '68, William Ball '73, Gerald Lewis '89, Ashley Tappin Doussan '93, Barbara Farris '94, the 1991 State Championship Baseball Team, Frederick Devall III '56, Anne Monsted '93, the 1954 Basketball Team, James Vaughn '63, Alfredo Mesa '89, the 1993 Girls Track and Field Team, the 1959 Relay Team, Christian A. Shofstahl '93, Linda Trevino, Anne Shepherd Breitschwerdt '69, Chris Beckman, Sr. '88, the 1992-1993 Girls Basketball Team, Sam Dozier, John Lehman '62, Charles M. Steen '60, the 1971 Swim Team, Catherine Betz '98, Charles "Chick" McGeehan, Mary K. Williams Shean '86, Todd DeMonte '87, Kelly McGeehan '92, and the 1983 Saints Volleyball - Division III State Championship Team.