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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and Lady Techsters

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters
Logo
University Louisiana Tech
Conference C-USA
NCAA Division I (FBS)
Athletic director Tommy McClelland
Location Ruston, LA
Varsity teams 16
Football stadium Joe Aillet Stadium
Basketball arena Thomas Assembly Center
Baseball stadium J.C. Love Field
Mascot Tech (live)
Champ (costumed)
Nickname Bulldogs (men)
Lady Techsters (women)
Fight song Tech Fight
Colors
     Red       Blue
Website .comlatechsports

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and Lady Techsters (commonly abbreviated La Tech and Dawgs) refer to the sports teams of Fresno State in 1921, and Mississippi State in 1961.)

Sports

Louisiana Tech competes in the following varsity sports:

Football

La Tech's football team is currently coached by Skip Holtz and plays their home games at Joe Aillet Stadium with a capacity of 30,600. With a program dating to 1901, Tech would notch its first victory after a 6-0 win against LSU in 1904.[1] Following the 2012 season, the Bulldogs have complied an all-time record of 571 wins, 430 losses, and 37 ties; won the 2001 and 2011 WAC championships and three Division II National Championships in 1972, 1973, and 1974.[1] Troy Edwards won the 1998 Fred Biletnikoff Award as the best wide receiver in college football.[2] With the bulldogs' victory over Alabama in 1999, Tech is currently the only non-AQ school to beat an SEC champion in the BCS era. La Tech has played in six Division I bowl games, most recently in the 2011 Poinsettia Bowl. La Tech punter Ryan Allen became the only player to win consecutive Ray Guy Awards by winning the award in 2011 and 2012. Also in 2012, quarterback Colby Cameron won the Sammy Baugh Trophy. La Tech's rivalry games include the Battle for the Bone with the Fresno State Bulldogs and Rivalry in Dixie with Southern Miss. Notable football alumni include Terry Bradshaw, Willie Roaf, Fred Dean, Matt Stover, Josh Scobee, Luke McCown, Ryan Moats, and Tramon Williams.[1]

Men's Basketball

Currently led by head coach Michael White, the Tech men's basketball team has enjoyed off-and-on success over the years. With a history stretching back to 1925, the Bulldogs have had 18 20-win seasons, won 19 conference championships, made six NCAA appearances and six NIT appearances.[3] Tech's notable men's basketball alumni include Leon Barmore, who went on to a coaching career at Tech's women's team that put him in both the Naismith Memorial and Women's Basketball Halls of Fame; Karl Malone, who entered the Naismith Hall in August 2010 for his NBA career; P.J. Brown; and Paul Millsap. Louisiana Tech appeared in the NAIA Men's Basketball National Tournament four times. (1942, 1946, 1953, and 1955). The Bulldogs lost in the first round every year until 1955, in which they advanced to the second round, only to loss to Franciscan University of Steubenville 90 to 65.[4]

Women's Basketball

The Lady Techsters, currently led by head coach Stanford have made more NCAA Tournament appearances. Standout former Tech players include Teresa Weatherspoon (later a Lady Techsters head coach), Venus Lacy, and Karl Malone's daughter Cheryl Ford, among others. Another notable former Tech player is Women's Hall of Famer and current Baylor coach Kim Mulkey, the only woman to date to have won NCAA Division I titles as a player and a head coach.

The program's first two coaches, Sonja Hogg and Leon Barmore, are also in the Women's Hall of Fame, and Barmore is in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as well. It was Hogg's idea to call the team the "Lady Techsters"; when she started the program in 1974, she thought "Bulldogs" was unfeminine and feared that if she called her team the "Lady Bulldogs," it would inevitably lead to her players being called "bitches" (the female name for a dog).[5] Barmore, who took over the reins full-time in 1985 after serving as co-head coach with Hogg for three years, was one of the most successful coaches in college basketball history, men's or women's. He lost only 87 games in 20 years, won 13 regular season titles in a 15-year span and led the Techsters to nine Final Fours in a row from 1983 to 1999.

Baseball

Since 1974, The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Baseball team has won six conference titles and made six appearances in the NCAA Baseball Tournament (6-12 overall record). Its former players include MLB players Major League Baseball draft.[6]

The team plays their home games at J. C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park. The stadium was built in 1971 and was originally known as Tech Stadium. In 1982, the stadium was renamed in honor of J.C. Love, a Ruston businessman who was a prominent supporter of the baseball program and the university. In 2008, the field was named after Pat Patterson, the winningest head coach in Louisiana Tech Baseball history. Greg Goff is the current head coach of the Bulldog baseball team.

Softball

The Lady Techsters softball program was founded in 1980 with Barry Canterbury as the team's first head coach. Gary Blair, current head coach of the Texas A&M women's basketball team, took over as the team's head coach in 1981 while he was an assistant coach of the Lady Techsters women's basketball team and led the softball team to its first winning record in 1981.[7]

In three decades, the Lady Techsters have made three appearances in the Women's College World Series (1983, 1985, 1986) and nine NCAA Tournament appearances. The team won its first WAC Tournament Title in 2008 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 13 years.

The team plays their home games at the Lady Techster Softball Complex on the corner of Tech Drive and Alabama Street. Mark Montgomery is the current head coach of the team.

Soccer

Women's soccer is coached by Kevin Sherry, who took over the program in 2007. La Tech won the Nicholls State Tournament in 2006 and the Troy Trojans Soccer Classic in 2008. With a 10-5-5 record in 2008, the Lady Techsters notched La Tech's first winning season since the program's inception in 2004. On March 12, 2009, the Lady Techsters were recognized by the NCAA as being the most improved program in the nation; La Tech finished 2-14-1 in 2007 and improved their 2008 record by 8.5 games. On August 21, 2009, La Tech christened the new Lady Techster Soccer Field with a 3-2 overtime victory over Lamar. In 2009, the Lady Techsters showed continued success by winning the most games in school history with a record of 12-7-1.

Volleyball

The women's volleyball team is coached by Adriano de Souza, who has been at La Tech since 2012. The Lady Techsters play their home matches at the Thomas Assembly Center.

Golf

Men's golf is coached by Jeff Jenkins, who became head coach in 2014. Squire Creek Country Club, a Tom Fazio-designed championship course that opened in 2002, is the home of La Tech golf. Golf Digest ranked Squire Creek as one of the top five private golf courses in the United States in 2004 and as the No. 1 golf course in Louisiana in 2005. La Tech hosts the annual Squire Creek Invitational and the Argent Financial Classic.

Tennis

The women's tennis team is coached by Chad Camper, who has led the program since 2013. On October 15, 2008, the Louisiana Tech Tennis Complex was christened with a Lady Techsters sweep of Grambling State in the inaugural match at the new facility.

Track and field

The men's and women's track and field teams are coached by Gary Stanley, who has served as track and field head coach since 1988. The Lady Techsters Indoor Track and Field team won WAC Championships in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. The Lady Techsters Outdoor Track and Field team won seven straight WAC Championships from 2005 to 2011.

Cross Country

The men's and women's cross country teams are coached by Gary Stanley, who has served as cross country head coach since 1984. La Tech's home venue is Lincoln Parish Park, where La Tech hosts the annual Mook 4 Invitational.

Bowling

The women's bowling team is coached by Jerry Miles, who has led the program since 2012. La Tech finished the 2009-10 season ranked No. 18 in the nation with a 44-31 record. The Lady Techsters' home facility is the new Lambright Bowling Alley, which was completed in August 2008.

Non-NCAA Sports

Louisiana Tech competes in 16 club sports including men's and women's powerlifting, NIFA flight team, men's soccer, softball, men's and women's rugby, women's lacrosse, equestrian, karate, water skiing, cycling, bass fishing, ultimate frisbee, inline hockey, and paintball.[8] The men's and women's powerlifting team have won 18 and 15 National Championships, respectively. The La Tech NIFA flight team won the national title in 1973.

Championship history

National titles (41)

Lady Techsters 3 National Titles Banner
Football (3)
Women's Basketball (3)
Men's Outdoor Track and Field (1)
  • Shot Put: 1985 (John Campbell)
Men's Powerlifting** (18)[9]
  • 1978, 1985, 1986, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010
Women's Powerlifting** (15)[9]
  • 1984, 1985, 1986, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007
NIFA Flight Team** (1)
  • 1973

*AIAW Championship
**Not an NCAA-sanctioned sport, but competed at the varsity level

Conference titles (158)

Olympians

Louisiana Tech has produced nine known Olympians, five of whom are basketball players and four of whom are track and field athletes. La Tech's Olympians have won a combined total of six gold medals and one bronze medal.

Name Country Olympiad Event Result
Ayanna Alexander Trinidad and Tobago London 2012 Women's triple jump 14th
Chelsea Hayes United States London 2012 Women's long jump 16th
Venus Lacy United States Atlanta 1996 Women's basketball 1st
Janice Lawrence United States Los Angeles 1984 Women's basketball 1st
Karl Malone United States Barcelona 1992 Men's basketball 1st
Atlanta 1996 Men's basketball 1st
Olivia McKoy Jamaica Sydney 2000 Women's javelin throw 21st
Beijing 2008 Women's javelin throw 34th
Jason Morgan Jamaica London 2012 Men's discus throw 39th
Kim Mulkey United States Los Angeles 1984 Women's basketball 1st
Teresa Weatherspoon United States Seoul 1988 Women's basketball 1st
Barcelona 1992 Women's basketball 3rd

Facilities

Athletic venues and facilities include:

Regional athletic venues and facilities include:

Rivalries

In football, La Tech's traditional rival is the Southern Miss Golden Eagles as the two teams compete in the Rivalry in Dixie which dates back to 1935. Southern Miss currently holds a 31–13 lead in the series. While this became a conference rivalry in 2013 with La Tech's entry into C-USA, it is not assured of being an annual game because the two teams are in separate football divisions. Although Tech's arrival united them with fellow Louisiana school Tulane, a rivalry could not develop because the Green Wave had already announced their 2014 departure for the American Athletic Conference.

While in the WAC, La Tech's conference rival was the Fresno State Bulldogs as both Bulldog football teams competed in the annual Battle for the Bone. Fresno State held a 7-4 series lead in WAC play, but the rivalry ended with Fresno State's 2012 move to the Mountain West and La Tech's move to C-USA.

La Tech had a historical rivalry with the Northwestern State Demons as both teams used to play in the annual State Fair Game in Shreveport, Louisiana. However, La Tech sacrificed this rivalry seeking greater national prominence for their programs by moving back to Division I-A.

The Lady Techsters basketball team's rivals include the Tennessee Lady Vols, LSU Lady Tigers, WKU Lady Toppers, and Fresno State Bulldogs. The WKU rivalry will be renewed in the 2014–15 season when the Lady Toppers join C-USA.

Traditions

Athletic Directors

Name Term
Eddie McLane 1939
Joe Aillet 1940–1970
Maxie Lambright 1971–1978
Larry Beightol 1979
Butch Henry 1979–1980
Alan Jones 1980
Charles Bussey 1981–1983
Bob Vanatta 1983–1986
Paul A. Miller 1986–1990
Jerry Stovall 1990–1993
Jim Oakes 1994–2008
Derek Dooley 2008–2010
Bruce Van De Velde 2010–2013
Tommy McClelland 2013–

Notable athletes and coaches

Notable former student-athletes and coaches at La Tech include:

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "La Tech - Welcome to the Family". Louisiana Tech University. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  2. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/awards?awardId=6
  3. ^ "2007-08 Louisiana Tech Men's Basketball Media Guide - History". Louisiana Tech University. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  4. ^ NAIA Championship History
  5. ^ "Belles Of The Ball". Sports Illustrated. 1986-11-19. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  6. ^ 2011 Louisiana Tech Baseball Media Guide
  7. ^ 2011 Lady Techster Softball Media Guide
  8. ^ http://www.latech.edu/students/organizations-list.shtml#87
  9. ^ a b http://www.latech.edu/tech/athletics/powerteam/

External links

  • Official website
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