The Lion's Roar

Ladner steps down

Ladner steps down

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

May 7, 2019


Filed under Sports

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

A relationship rebuilt

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

May 7, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

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

Lions to face the Bulldogs in 2021

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

April 16, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

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

Baseball enjoys high strides in attendance

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

March 26, 2019


Filed under Sports

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

Lead a team like a family

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

February 27, 2019


Filed under Sports

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

Rising to the top

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

February 12, 2019


Filed under Sports

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

Setting his sights on  further improvement

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

February 5, 2019


Filed under Sports

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

The River Bell rivalry

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

November 15, 2018


Filed under Archive, Showcase, Sports

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

University spirit celebrated on Tuesdays

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

September 17, 2018


Filed under Archive, On Campus

“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

Tuning in to the most popular sports

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

August 28, 2018


Filed under Archive, Sports

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...

Athletics thanks sponsors

Athletics thanks sponsors

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

July 30, 2018


Filed under Archive, Showcase, Sports

Athletics showed its appreciation to sponsors at its inaugural "Partner Kickoff Luncheon." Sponsors included the official health care of university athletics North Oaks Health System, the official chicken finger of university athletics Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, the official wealth advisors...