The Lion's Roar

High schools find temporary home at Strawberry Stadium

High schools throughout southeast Louisiana have been using Strawberry Stadium to play football games. More than 15 games have taken place so far. Andrew
Bechac, deputy director of athletics, believes sharing Strawberry Stadium goes hand in hand with developing the university’s relationship with the community.
November 10, 2020

High schools throughout southeast Louisiana have used the university’s facilities to host football games during the fall semester. Due to capacity restrictions, a number of high schools have sought...

Lady Lions to start 2021 season in mid February

Ellie Williams, sophomore forward, started 14 of the 17 games she played in for the 2019 season. Williams led the Lady Lions in the 2019 season with four goals, 27 shots and 10 points. Williams is a native of Frisco, Texas.
October 7, 2020

The Southland Conference announced that the women’s soccer season will resume playing in the spring due to the COVID-19 fall sports shutdown. In mid-August, the conference commissioner announced that...

Men’s basketball anticipates to have 2021 season

Junior forward Ty Brewer bings the ball down the court against Grambling state University. Last season, brewer played in all 31 games wile starting in 28 of them. In 2019-2020, Brewer lead the team in points per game with 14.9, 7.7 rebounds per game, steals with 46 and blocks with 18.
September 17, 2020

2020 has left nothing but questions for sports fans all across the world. Some are wondering if there will still be a season. Others are wondering if they will have to wait until COVID-19 has died down...

Southland Conference postpones fall sports

All fall sports have been postponed for the fall semester, the Southland Conference announced on Thursday.
August 13, 2020

After weeks of speculation and uncertainty, the Southland Conference announced that all fall sports will be postponed.  The Southland Conference Board of Directors decided that football, volleyball,...

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.”
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...

Southland Conference to re-evaluate spring competition on March 30

Southland Conference to re-evaluate spring competition on March 30
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...

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.
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...

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.
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,...

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.
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...

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.
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....

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.
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...

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.
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...

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