The St. Tammany Miracle

Theatrical Release: May 27, 1994
DVD Release: May 27, 1994
The St. Tammany Miracle


Lootie Pfannder was a women’s basketball star in college, and now she is excited to take on the challenge of coaching the new girls’ team at a small private school. After evaluating her team, she realizes a lot of work is needed for the girls to be successful. Lootie needs to use all her own strength to motivate the girls and convince everyone they can be winners. Despite opposition from all corners, she manages to bring a handful of promising individuals to a state championship tournament, but a miracle will be needed to ensure they don’t get laughed off the court.

Dove Review

This is a fantastic film to watch. It is inspirational and to add icing to the cake, it is based on a true story. Coach Lootie Pfandder (Jamie Luner) comes to St. Tammany and has different methods than the school is used to. She can’t believe they don’t want her to think outside the box. But as she builds up confidence in her team the director of the school, Father Thomas Mulberry (Jeffrey Meek), begins to see her positive influence on the Episcopal school’s team.

Soon the girls begin to win consistently and reporters and the media begin to label it a miracle, which rankles Coach Lootie, who says it was hard work and determination which has turned the team around. Still, when they come up against a formidable opponent for the State Championship, the Pilots, it seems like a miracle may be needed to defeat the seemingly girl-giants on the team. Is St. Tammany up to it?

This film will encourage the viewer that hard work and perseverance can turn things around. It has a positive message and shows everyday people living spiritual lives. We gladly award our Dove Seal to this movie.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: An auto accident in which a girl winds up in a coma.
Sex: Kissing between a couple.
Language: Whimp-1; G/OMG-1
Violence: An auto accident in which a girl winds up in a coma.
Drugs: A few girls go to a bar and drink and there is an auto accident which shows a consequence of this behavior; one drink in a scene resembles wine.
Nudity: Cleavage; girls in shorts.
Other: Girl says she came to school not to be saved but to play basketball and is told the two can work hand in hand; prayer in the name of Jesus is given; one coach faces St. Tammany and says that these girls stand for everything he's against but he is humbled.


Company: Bridgestone Multimedia Group
Writer: Jim McCullough, Jr.
Director: Joy N. Houck, Jr.
Producer: Jim McCullough, Sr., Jim McCullough, Jr.
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 90 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter