Don Shows
American football player and coach
Don Shows
Donald Harrison Shows, known as Don Shows, is a champion high school and college football coach who since 1989 has directed the West Monroe High School Rebels in West Monroe, Louisiana. On June 25, 2011, Shows will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, located in Natchitoches. The nominees are chosen by a 30-member committee of the Louisiana Sportswriters Association. The 2011 nominees will bring the number thus far honored to 285.
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PHOTOS: The lovable faces of the dogs at the Westminster Dog Show
ABC News - 7 days
Meet the dogs and their handlers competing for 'Best In Show.'
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Rumor has it! German shepherd takes top prize at dog show - 8 days
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rumor, a German shepherd, was named best in show at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, besting more than 2,800 other dogs that competed in New York this week.
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Rumor has it! German shepherd takes top prize at dog show - 9 days
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rumor, a German shepherd, was named best in show at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, besting more than 2,800 other dogs that competed in New York this week.
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2017 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Chicago Times - 9 days
The 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show runs Feb. 11-14, 2017, in New York.
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PHOTOS: The lovable faces of the dogs at the Westminster Dog Show
ABC News - 9 days
Meet the dogs and their handlers competing for 'Best In Show.'
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This Distracted Beagle Is Already Our Favorite At Westminster Dog Show
Huffington Post - 11 days
Bless Mia the beagle for behaving like a dog during Saturday’s showing at the Westminster Dog Show in New York. She didn’t conquer the agility competition — but she won plenty of hearts with an adorably distracted performance. “That was a delightfully entertaining run,” the announcer says in the clip. The breed judging for the Westminster Kennel Club’s 141st annual show began Monday. H/T For The Win -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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PHOTOS: Cats Make First Appearance at Westminster Dog Show
ABC News - 12 days
Cats will be on showcase during "Meet the Breeds" to educate the public.
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Westminster Dog Show Welcomes New Species — Cats
NPR - 22 days
Yes, you read that right – this month, cats will make an appearance at the Westminster Dog Show. It's a break from 141 years of tradition. (Image credit: Bebeto Matthews/AP)
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Westminster: Meet the New Breeds
New York Times - 24 days
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has added three new breeds to its annual event, which for the first time will also include a program featuring cats.
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National Dog Show Presented By Purina® Set For 15th Annual Special On NBC Following Macy's Parade®
Yahoo News - 3 months
NEW YORK, Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NBC's Thanksgiving Day special, "The National Dog Show Presented by Purina ® ," will crown one of America's great purebreds as its 2016 champion on Thanksgiving Day, bringing canine competition and family entertainment to America's viewers for the 15th year. The holiday special (noon-2 p.m. in all time zones) follows the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® on NBC and is watched annually by a total of more than 20 million viewers.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Don Shows
  • 2014
    Age 74
    Died on March 3, 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 73
    Assistant football coach Jerry Arledge took over the head coaching duties for the fall of 2013, but Shows vowed to return when his health improved.
    More Details Hide Details Shows remained on staff as the school's athletic director, but was stricken again in February 2014 with prolonged loss of appetite. On March 3, he died just after his 74th birthday at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center in New Orleans. Shows memorial service, called "The Celebration of the Life of Don Shows", held at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 7, at his namesake Don Shows Field in Rebel Stadium in West Monroe attracted thousands of mourners. Some five hundred former and active players, three team doctors, and area politicians, including Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, West Monroe Mayor Dave Norris, State Representative Frank A. Hoffmann, himself a former radio football announcer, and Ouachita Parish School Board board member Jerry Hicks and Superintendent Bob Webber, participated in the ceremony, which was planned over the preceding four days by Shows' widow, Daune, whom Shows long called his "toughest critic". Another school board member, Bill Norris, served as the master of ceremonies. There were thirteen speakers, including oldest daughter Stephanie McBride who represented the family. The Shows service drew a worldwide audience of 13,054 in preliminary numbers from a live Internet stream at the high school website,
  • 2012
    Age 72
    In the fall of 2012, while he was recovering from fatigue and was off duty on medical leave, Shows was suspended from coaching for two games by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association because of questions about the eligibility of a player, offensive lineman Cameron Robinson, who transferred to West Monroe High School and sought immediate eligibility.
    More Details Hide Details LHSAA placed the Rebels on disciplinary probation from September 2012 to September 2013 and fined the school $1,000 and the costs incurred for the investigation into Robinson's eligibility. In the spring of 2013, Shows had a stroke.
    He was hospitalized on November 16, 2012, but returned to coach two days later.
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  • 2010
    Age 70
    Shows was also involved in community affairs in West Monroe. In January 2010, he received from the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce its A. O. Evans Award, named for the first president of the West Monroe chamber.
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  • 1998
    Age 58
    At least one poll declared the Rebels in both 1998 and 2000 as national champions, a subjective designation.
    More Details Hide Details On June 25, 2011, Shows (SHAUZ) was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, located in Natchitoches. Chosen by a 30-member committee of the Louisiana Sportswriters Association, the 2011 nominees brought the number honored to that time to 285.
  • 1996
    Age 56
    Beating Carencro in Lafayette Parish in the 1996 state championship was incredible!
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  • 1993
    Age 53
    Shows' state championships were in 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2009, and 2011. The 2009 championship came with the defeat of Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, 30-0, at the Louisiana Superdome, since the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, in New Orleans.
    More Details Hide Details Shows was runner-up once at Jonesboro-Hodge and at West Monroe in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, and 2010. On December 11, 2010, Shows' West Monroe Rebels lost 21-14 to the Acadiana High School Rams of Lafayette Parish in the Class 5-A title game, also at the Superdome. Shows had a career record of 345-78 (.817 record) in 32 seasons at West Monroe, Pineville, Jonesboro-Hodge, and Farmerville. He was the fourth-winningest coach in Louisiana state history. His West Monroe record of 273-48 included eight state titles and appearances at thirteen state title games. The last state title was in 2011 before the decline began in Shows' health. Shows' players going beyond the high school level included Tommy Banks, Bradie James, Barkevious Mingo, and Andrew Whitworth. Mingo and Whithworth were among those attending the memorial service.
    And beating St. Augustine (in New Orleans) in 1993 was awesome because no one thought we could, but we proved a lot of people wrong that day!" West Monroe had been expected to finish last in 1996 in District 2-5A that year but instead went undefeated in district for the first time.
    More Details Hide Details On November 23, 2012, Shows sustained a "severe concussion" when at least one football player collided with him on the sideline during a quarterfinal game, which his West Monroe Rebels won. He was taken to the intensive care unit at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe. A week earlier, Shows left his Rebels team second-round home game because of hypertension but remained on the field for the Don Shows dedication ceremony that evening at Rebel Stadium.
  • 1988
    Age 48
    In 1988, as offensive line coach, he helped to propel the Demons of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches to a conference championship.
    More Details Hide Details He coached several Division 1 college players, several of whom thereafter played at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Since his arrival at his final school, West Monroe High School, Shows led the Rebels to sixteen district, seven state, and two national championships. The Rebels also secured six state runner-up designations. Before Shows took over the Rebels, the team had mostly losing seasons for many previous years.
  • 1985
    Age 45
    In 1985, he was a 45-year-old graduate assistant at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, then known as Northeast Louisiana University, where he coached the linebackers for the Northeast Louisiana Indians, subsequently renamed the Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks.
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  • 1977
    Age 37
    Prior to his long tenure at West Monroe in Ouachita Parish, Shows coached the Jonesboro-Hodge High School Tigers in Jonesboro, to the 1977 state championship.
    More Details Hide Details That competition, against John Curtis Christian High School in River Ridge in Jefferson Parish, was the last game played at the old Tulane University Stadium in New Orleans. His first coaching assignment had been in the early 1960s at Haughton High School in Haughton in south Bossier Parish. In addition to West Monroe, Jonesboro-Hodge, and Haughton, he coached at Farmerville High School, subsequently renamed Union Parish High School, in Farmerville in Union Parish, at Caldwell Parish High School in Columbia, Ouachita Parish High School in Monroe, Alexandria Senior High School in Alexandria, and Pineville High School in Pineville.
  • 1963
    Age 23
    As a child, Shows preferred baseball and basketball to football. Hence for much of his life he faithfully watched other sports competitions besides football. He attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston on a track scholarship, having graduated in 1963 with teacher certification in science and physical education.
    More Details Hide Details Shows and his wife, Daune Elizabeth Ducote, originally from Alexandria, had four children, Stephanie McBride and husband Jere of Houston, Texas, and Kimberli Porter and husband Randell, Casey Harrison Shows and wife Ashley, and Haley Elizabeth Shows, engaged to Shane Lowery, all of West Monroe. There were nine Shows grandchildren at the time of the coach's death. Shows was also an active hunter and fisherman and outstanding bowler, who in his early years turned down an offer to turn professional.
  • 1958
    Age 18
    One of three sons of George Melvin and Thelma Shows, Don Shows was born and reared in Ruston in Lincoln Parish. He graduated in 1958 from Ruston High School, where he lettered in baseball, basketball, and track and field, as well as football.
    More Details Hide Details He played under the legendary Ruston High School coach Hoss Garrett: "We ran the Notre Dame Box. I played tailback, which is essentially the same as a quarterback in the 'gun'. I also ran track and played baseball. I won four state championships in track."
  • 1940
    Age 0
    Born on February 15, 1940.
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