Hall of Fame

Houston Academy Athletic Hall of Fame

The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor those athletes, coaches, administrators and supporters who excelled in their respective areas and who helped to bring honor, recognition and excellence to Houston Academy.

To be considered for the Houston Academy Hall of Fame, anyone may submit the nomination form to the athletic department by July 1st. All nomination forms received by July 1st will be considered for the induction class. You can submit a nomination online by clicking here. For more information on the Athletic Hall of Fame, email Director of Advancement, Kristyn Clark, at clarkk@houstonacademy.com. Nominees must have an application on file to be considered. Nominees will be kept on file for three years and will be eligible for consideration during those three years if not chosen.

Nomination Criteria

Individual Athlete
An athlete may be eligible for nomination after five years following graduation from Houston Academy.

A coach may be eligible for nomination after having been a part of the HA athletic department for at least two years & has been retired for at least three seasons.

HA Athletic Contributor
A sports contributor is an individual or group who has helped to develop and foster growth of athletics in the HA athletic community may be eligible for nomination.

Ceremony for Inductees

A reception for inductees will be held in December of 2018 on Houston Academy’s campus. Inductees will be introduced at halftime of the boys varsity basketball game. More ceremony details will be posted here after inductees have been chosen.

2020 Hall of Fame Class

Johnny Oppert

Glenn Northcutt

Lavon Kelley

Stanley Jones

Ron Watson

2019 Hall of Fame Class

Kristen Flowers Crowder | Class of 1993

Sport(s): Tennis

Accolades: 4-time state champion

Offered multiple college scholarships

Started as #1 and #2 singles player

Birmingham Southern College

Ned Jenne | 1972-2013

Sport(s): Football Coach/Teacher/Contributor

Accolades: Coached HA Football for 17 years

Chemistry and Physics Teacher

Ned Jenne Memorial Chemistry Lab

John John Steensland | Class of 1996

Sport(s): Basketball

Accolades: 4 Year Starter

Leads HA with most career 3 pointers

Scholarship to Georgia College

3 year starter and 2 time Captain

2018 Hall of Fame Class

Victor Newman | Class of 1991

Sport(s): Basketball (5 Year Starter)

Accolades: 1987-88 AHSAA State record holder for most consecutive free throws in one year 58

1987-88 AHSAA State record holder for most consecutive free throws in one game 23

First Team All State 1990 & 1991

1991 State Championship Team

1991 AHSAA Mr. Basketball

North Carolina State University / UNC Asheville

1996 UNC Asheville AVG 7.1 pts. and  5.3 rebounds as a Senior





Paul Lennicx | Class of 1988

Sport(s): Tennis

1988   Houston Academy State Championship

1888   #1 Singles Champion 1A-5A

1988   #1 Doubles Champion 1A-5A

1999   Head Tennis Coach Boys1A-3A Runner-Up

1987   USTA State Closed Champion

1987   Ranked #1 in Alabama Boys 18 & Under

1990   Ranked#1 U.S. Men’s Amateur

1995   USTA 25 and over Southern Open Champion

Rollins College

1991 Rollins College NCAA DII National Champion

1992 NCAA DII National Player of The Year

1990,1991,1992 NCAA DII All American

1989,1990,1991,1992 Sunshine State Conference Team

2003 Rollins College Sports Hall of Fame

2004 Sunshine State Conference Silver Anniversary Team

Ernest Ponder | Class of 1975

Sport(s): Football and Basketball

Accolades: All State as a Junior and Senior

Lions Bowl MVP 1974

19 Touchdowns Senior year

Scholar Athlete Award Senior year

Prep All American Team

Football Scholarship at University of Georgia


4-year starter

High School career avg. 23.3 a game

All State senior year

Alabama High School All Star Game Dothan Progress Best Athlete Award Senior Year

HA Raiders

Home to 25 State Championships and 16 State Runners–Up

State Championships

Baseball – 1993, 2014

Boys Basketball – 1991

Golf – 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2018, 2019

Softball – 1998, 1999, 2002

Boys Tennis – 1988, 2018, 2019

Girls Tennis – 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2014

State Runners-Up

Girls Basketball – 1991

Girls Cross Country – 1983, 1985

Football – 1973

Golf – 2006

Boys Tennis – 1987, 2004

Girls Tennis – 1999, 1993, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015