McNeese and softball coach James Landreneau agree on new three-year contract

McNeese and softball coach James Landreneau agree on new three-year contract
(Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - McNeese Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill has announced a three-year contract for softball head coach James Landreneau effective immediately.
The contract has been approved by the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors, which oversees nine state universities including McNeese State University.
"Coach Landreneau has been a key part of the softball program over the years and did a tremendous job in his first season as the head coach last year," said Hemphill. "Not only is he mentoring his athletes on the field and in the classroom, they are highly involved in the community."
Terms of the contract have Landreneau will receive a pay increase with a majority of it coming from outside sources.
In his first season leading the Cowgirl softball team, Landreneau guided McNeese to a 43-18 overall mark in 2017, tying a school record for wins while garnering the program's second consecutive Southland Conference championship with a league-record 24 victories.
In addition, the Cowgirls won the SLC tournament title and played in the NCAA Regionals in his first season and he was named the league's Coach of the Year.
Landreneau is no stranger to the Cowgirl softball program. He was the team's top assistant four years prior to being named head coach and helped guide the Cowgirls to three additional conference titles and one other NCAA Regional appearance.
"I am humbled and honored and would like to thank (McNeese President) Dr. Burckel, Mr. Hemphill, and our boosters for making this happen," said Landreneau. "It's an exciting time to be a part of McNeese Athletics and it's inspiring to see the commitment the university and community has made to our young people.
"I am fortunate to be surrounded by great players, coaches, support staff, and my children."
Landreneau has also spearheaded facility enhancements, with the help of private donations, that includes but not limited to full field artificial turf, a new scoreboard, and a new outfield wall with padding.
The Cowgirls will open the 2018 season on February 8 when they host the Cowgirl Classic which will include the University of Virginia who is coached by former Cowgirl head coach Joanna Hardin.

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