BiosJerry Stovall, Coach
President, Baton Rouge Area Sports Foundation
Unity Day Sports Commissioner
Jerry Stovall is the President and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Sports Foundation. Jerry attended Louisiana State University from 1959 – 1962, where he was an All-American running back and runner-up for the Heisman trophy in 1962. He received his undergraduate degree from Missouri Baptist College, while playing in the National Football League for the St. Louis Cardinals, who chose him as their #1 draft choice (2nd overall) in the 1963 NFL Draft. Jerry was a 3-time Pro Bowl defensive back for the Cardinals and played 9 seasons in St. Louis before retiring from the NFL in 1971. With his professional football career behind him, Jerry was hired as an assistant coach to Paul Dietzel at the University of South Carolina before he returned to Baton Rouge to serve as an assistant coach to Charles McClendon. Stovall was promoted to head football coach at LSU in 1980, and during his three-year tenure he was named SEC Coach of the Year (1983) and Walter Camp National Coach of the Year (1983). He also led the Tigers to an Orange Bowl bid in 1983.
In 1993, Jerry accepted the leadership role at the Baton Rouge Area Sports Foundation. The mission of the Sports Foundation is to assist in the securing and staging of statewide, regional, national and international sporting competitions and special events for the Greater Baton Rouge Area, thereby having a positive economic impact on the Baton Rouge community.
Jerry is a member of the LSU Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Sportswriters Hall of Fame. He was also named the 1990 Volunteer Activist of the Year and in 1993 was named to the LSU Modern Day Team of the Century. In 2007, Jerry was honored with the Brotherhood/Sisterhood award for his work in the Baton Rouge community.
Jerry and Judy Stovall, his wife of 47 years, have two children; Jay and Jodi and five grandchildren; Jerry, Elizabeth, Andrew, Stovall and Macy Claire. He is a member and Sunday School teacher at First Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge