LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - McNeese Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill, on Friday, announced the signing of a new three-year contract for Cowgirl softball coach James Landreneau.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Landreneau recently completed his third season at the helm and has compiled a 117-71 overall record and 61-20 Southland Conference mark.
He led the Cowgirls to the 2017 conference regular season and tournament championship, the 2018 SLC tourney title, and three straight postseason appearances – two NCAA Tournaments (2017 and 2019) and the NISC tournament this past season.
“I am humbled and honored by the support our University and community has shown towards our softball program,” said Landreneau. “I’m excited to be able to lead this program for another three years and for the commitment the University and supporters have for our softball program along with the stability they are seeking to continue to grow.
“I am grateful for all the players and coaches that have come through and contributed to the success of our team. Our goal will continue to be to prepare our student-athletes for life after sports as well as building a program that our McNeese community can be proud of.”
“Coach Landreneau has continued the winning tradition of the Cowgirl softball team and has also done a tremendous job with the team in the classroom and in the community,” said Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill.
“We’re dedicated to keeping him here long term. He’s very deserving of this agreement.”
Under Landreneau, the Cowgirl program appeared in a major national poll for the first time in school history at the start of the 2018 season when they ranked 24th in the USA Today/NFCA poll and 23rd in the Fastpitch News Top 25.
Also that year, the Cowgirls defeated the eventual national champion in Florida State, ranked No. 9 at the time, as well as getting wins over nationally ranked Tulsa and then Baylor in the opening game of the NCAA College Station Regional.
In his three seasons as head coach, Landreneau has coached 17 all-conference, seven all-Louisiana, four all-region, and three all-American selections.