On Thursday, August 29, Delgado Community College’s mascot, Izzy, got a chance to hang out with Boudreaux, the mascot for the New Orleans Zephyrs. We sat down with Izzy to find out what it was like to meet a fellow mascot in the New Orleans community:
So, what were your impressions of Boudreaux??
Izzy: He’s a lot taller than I expected. Doesn’t really talk a whole lot either.
And what about the “shrine on airline”? Were you impressed with their stadium?
Izzy: It’s pretty cool. When I saw the swimming pool I had a sudden urge to Dive In, but i gotta tell ya, nothing beats watching a game at Kirsch-Rooney!!
Is this the first time you’ve had the opportunity to hang out with a fellow mascot?
Izzy: It’s a very competitive industry that I am in. Some guys refuse to hang out with you because of their ego or they think you will out perform them at their stadium. I mean, look at the San Diego Chicken. He beat up Barney one time!!! So that is why I was so surprised to get they invite from Boudreaux. He is a real class act.
Can we assume the Pelicans and Saints have not called you yet?
Izzy: Well, the Pelican is kinda new in town, but I think we’d have a whale of a time together. As for Sir Saint, he hasn’t returned my call since I said his chin was bigger than Jay Leno’s!
Coach Eddie Fields is beginning his sixth season as the Lady Dolphins’ basketball head coach. Coach Fields is a graduate of East Jefferson High School in Metairie. Following graduation, he went on to play college basketball at the University of Oklahoma (OU). Fields was chosen as Most Valuable Player (MVP) on his high school team and was an All-State honoree. At Oklahoma, he earned four letters and gained All Big Eight Conference honors on two occasions. Fields was drafted by the Chicago Bulls, but opted to play for the Harlem Globetrotters.
Fields graduates from East Jefferson and is named District 7-AAAA player of the year, All-State and Quad-A All-Prep MVP.
Fields attends the University of Oklahoma (OU).
Fields is groomed as a dribbler to replace Curly Neal for the Harlem Globetrotters and was nicknamed “Fast Eddie.” He also played along Globetrotter greats such as Meadowlark Lemon, Geese Ausbie, Sweet Lou Dunbar, Billy Ray Hobley and Marques Haynes.
Fields returns to OU to complete his student teaching requirements and receives a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.
Fields becomes head basketball coach at Academy Central.
Fields is named the men’s assistant basketball coach at South Plains College.
Fields serves as interim head men’s basketball coach/assistant coach at Drake University (Drake).
Fields is the assistant women’s basketball coach at Drake.
Fields is the assistant men’s basketball coach at Murray State University (MSU).
Fields becomes the head women’s basketball coach at MSU.
Fields relocates back to New Orleans and returns to the classroom as a teacher in the Orleans Parish School Board system.
Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Delgado Community College.
Happy New Year, Delgado! Well, sort of. Saturday marks the official start to a new academic year, which this year happens to fall on August 17—that’s 92 years to the day that Delgado first opened its doors in 1921.
When the new school opened, it was known as the Isaac Delgado Central Trades School, which was the culmination of years of planning, building, and realizing the dream of the school’s founder, Isaac Delgado. The Jamaican immigrant and New Orleans sugar magnate envisioned a school that would fulfill his intended dream to give his adopted city a place “to teach a boy a trade.” The new school on City Park Avenue opened its doors to pupils on August 17, 1921, offering a rigorous curriculum that offered something for everyone.
Ninety-two years later, Delgado has evolved into a multi-site community college that serves close to 25,000 students a semester, making it the largest post-secondary institution in the New Orleans metropolitan area and the second largest institution in the state of Louisiana. Programs and opportunities vary to meet the needs of each and every student. Delgado’s nursing, technical education, workforce development, and academic programs are designed to lay the groundwork leading to a baccalaureate degree from a four-year institution.
This weekend starts a new chapter in Delgado’s story, the story of the community’s college that has evolved to meet the needs of a changing world over the past nine-plus decades. Much has changed over the years, but the more things change, the more they stay the same. In the coming days, new groups of students will walk the same halls that hundreds of thousands of their predecessors have walked. Step by step, each student’s story will be added to Delgado Community College’s legacy, a legacy that continues to help lead its students to success beyond Delgado’s walls…for 92 years and counting.