The Lion's Roar

Students respond to inappropriate remarks on social media

The university addressed two incidents of inappropriate social media posts made by a student-athlete and a staff member. Disciplinary action was taken against those individuals. However, according to Director of Human Resources Tara Dupre, “HR does not disclose information about disciplinary actions.”

Staff Reports

July 7, 2020

Two incidents of inappropriate social media usage have sparked controversy among the student body. The university has responded to both incidents, taking disciplinary action against a student-athlete and investigating allegations made against a staff member.  Director of Athletics Jay Artigues a...

Southland Conference to re-evaluate spring competition on March 30

Southland Conference to re-evaluate spring competition on March 30

Jacob Lofton, Staff Reporter

March 27, 2020

As the university continues to transition to online classes and remote learning, the university’s sports teams have had to make many changes as well. As of March 14, the Southland Conference “cancelled all Spring sports competitions and championship events,” according to a release by the conference o...

Ladner steps down

Jay Ladner, former head coach of men's basketball, returned to coach at his alma mater. Ladner won the 1987 NIT Tournament with the Golden Eagles.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

May 7, 2019

After five seasons as the head coach of men’s basketball team, Jay Ladner stepped down to lead a different team. Ladner resigned on April 18 to take the position of head coach at his alma mater, the University of Southern Mississippi. “I will always remember the opportunity I was given to be a Divi...

A relationship rebuilt

Lions football players signed posters and interacted with the community at “Hot August Night“ this past semester. In 1985, the football program at the university was cut due to a lack of funding. When the program was first cut, athletes and supporters abandoned the university with nothing here for them anymore. Since the 18-year hiatus ended in 2003, support for the football program has started to return. This is visible in funding and alumni involvement.

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

May 7, 2019

In over a decade, the relationship between Lions football and the community began to grow again. In 1985, the football program was discontinued and entered an 18-year hiatus. Ken Kenelly, a 1975 alumnus, played on the Lions football team 1970-73 and later coached the team. He experienced the shift whe...

Lions to face the Bulldogs in 2021

The athletic department typically schedules games for the team years in advance. After playing against other universities in the state like University of Louisiana at Monroe, University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Louisiana State University, the Lions are scheduled to play against Louisiana Tech University in the 2021 season.

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

April 16, 2019

The Lions football team is scheduled to travel to Ruston to play Louisiana Tech University in the 2021 season to benefit the athletic programs of both universities. The athletic department handles various responsibilities of all the university’s sports, such as creating the teams’ season schedule...

Baseball enjoys high strides in attendance

The Lions baseball team discusses Sunday’s 8-3 victory over Abilene Christian University after the game. On Sunday, 1,236 fans attended the game in the Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. Baseball has seen a steady increase in attendance and leads the Southland Conference in fan attendance since Matt Riser took over as head coach.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

March 26, 2019

The university baseball team has seen a gradual increase in home game attendance since Matt Riser became the head coach. Since 2015, the team has been leading in the Southland Conference for fan attendance. In 2014, the university saw its largest attendance at a home game with 3,747 showing up in the 7...

Lead a team like a family

Jay Ladner, head coach of men’s basketball, poses with the Harlem Globetrotters including former player Nate Lofton in the University Center. Ladner aims to help his players reach their full potential as a coach.

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

February 27, 2019

With decades of coaching experience, Jay Ladner, head coach of men’s basketball, constructs relationships with his team as he continues to break school records. Growing up the son of a basketball coach, Ladner felt drawn to his career path at a young age. “A coach has a very unique ability...

Rising to the top

Matt Riser, baseball head coach, gives a motivational talk to the team. Coming off last season’s 37-22 record, Riser looks to maintain his success with the program this season.

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

February 12, 2019

Ranked among the top 10 coaches under the age of 40 in “Baseball America,” Matt Riser, baseball head coach, looks forward to a successful season in 2019. Although he once aspired to have a career in medicine, Riser chose to pursue his passion. “Coming out of college, I originally planned to p...

Setting his sights on further improvement

Rick Fremin, softball head coach, brought the Lady Lions from 12th place in the Southland Conference to tied for second place between his first season as the head coach and last season. He coaches his players to be tough and aggressive on the field.

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

February 5, 2019

Entering his fourth year as the softball head coach, Rick Fremin aims to continue the Lady Lions’ upward trajectory after setting school records for wins. Though Fremin initially aspired to be a college football coach, he started his softball coaching career at his former high school, Belle Chasse Hig...

The River Bell rivalry

A player poses with the River Bell Classic trophy. The competition showcases the rivalry between the Lions and Colonels.

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

November 15, 2018

The Lions and Nicholls State University Colonels fostered a rivalry over 27 games since the inception of the River Bell Classic in 1972.  “It has been a great healthy rivalry between Nicholls and ourselves,” said Director of Athletics Jay Artigues. “Both teams know each other well, and it’s alw...

University spirit celebrated on Tuesdays

The Lion Up gesture is used to show school spirit, and “Lion Up Tuesday” encourages student participation.

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

September 17, 2018

“Lion Up Tuesdays” was first celebrated on March 8, 2016 and was created to spread school spirit on campus by encouraging students to wear their green and gold. The occasion is publicized through social media and signs around campus. Jay Artigues, director of athletics, was one of the faculty...

Tuning in to the most popular sports

Football, baseball and men’s basketball attract the most attendees to their games at the university. The popularity of these sports stem both from their national popularity and their success in season play.

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

August 28, 2018

Sports fans consistently head out to sporting venues or tune in on the TV and radio to watch their favorite teams compete. By attendance, football, baseball and men’s basketball are the university’s most popular sports. On record, football’s most attended game was against Jackson State University...