OUR BACKGROUND

Cajun Nation has rejoiced in recent years as the Ragin’ Cajuns dominated, both on and off the field:

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Football

  • Sun Belt Conference Champions
  • 4th consecutive R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl championship
  • 1 of 5 schools to win a bowl game in each of the last 4 years
  • 1 of 2 schools to win a bowl game and at least 9 wins each of the last 4 years

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Men’s Basketball

  • Sun Belt Conference champions
  • NCAA Tournament participant
  • Elfrid Payton became the first player in school history to become a NBA lottery pick

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Baseball

  • 1st sport in University history to be ranked No. 1 in the nation
  • 7th Sun Belt Conference regular-season championship & second tournament championship
  • 1st team in Sun Belt Conference history to host NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals
  • Tony Robichaux named Conference Coach of the Year

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Softball

  • 12th Sun Belt Conference regular-season championship & 12th tournament championship
  • 9th NCAA Regional championship & 2nd NCAA Super Regional championship
  • 6th Women’s College World Series appearance
  • Michael Lotief named Conference Coach of the Year

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Men’s Tennis

  • Sun Belt Conference Champions
  • Mark Jeffrey named Conference Coach of the Year

During the 2013-2014 season, no other athletic program in the country won as many conference titles in its most high-profile sports. As the trophies and the milestones piled up, the Ragin’ Cajuns were catapulted into the national spotlight as never before. Attendance and local interest reached record levels. But just as importantly:

  • Our University had the highest graduation rate among student-athletes of any school in Louisiana and any school in the Sun Belt Conference for two consecutive years; and
  • Our student-athletes compiled their highest cumulative GPA in the University’s history.

This success has been a source of pride for our state and our region, not to mention for our students, supporters and fans. It has also brought us to a pivotal point in our University’s history during the 2013-2014 academic year.

The national spotlight that shone so brightly on our program revealed the need and the absolute necessity for major upgrades to our athletic facilities. Now more than ever, it is imperative that our facilities match the high standards that have been established by our student-athletes and coaches.

It is not by coincidence that great athletic programs are housed in great arenas and great support facilities. It is true that home-field advantage makes a difference, but facilities are much more than dressing rooms and bleachers. Facilities are a place where victories become entries in the school’s history…where the teams, alumni, former players, fans and the student body come together to experience an intangible and powerful spirit of competition. And, win or lose, every game is a test of a university’s character.