LAFAYETTE, La. -- Michael Lotief, who earlier this month stepped aside as head coach of the Ragin' Cajuns softball team to become a volunteer assistant, will return as head coach, effective immediately.
Megan Granger, who served as the interim head coach, will remain as an assistant coach. Former Cajuns standout Lana Bower also will remain as an assistant coach. Assistant Coach Josh Johnson is on leave to play for the USA National Team in New Zealand.
"Michael's extensive knowledge and experience have helped the Ragin' Cajuns successfully compete with elite college teams during the past 12 years," said Dr. Joseph Savoie, University of Louisiana at Lafayette president. "The Cajuns are already having a strong season and I'm confident that his guidance will enable our players to reach their full potential."
Michael Lotief said, "I am renewed. There is no question in my mind that this athletics department, this university and this softball program are committed to the journey to pursue excellence."
Louisiana Athletics Director Scott Farmer said, "I am happy that Michael will return as our head coach. The Louisiana softball program has matured and grown under Michael and Stefni Lotief and it is only fitting that a Lotief be in the dugout as its head coach."
Lotief has a 500-122 overall record and a 173-36 mark in Sun Belt Conference play in 10 seasons as head coach. Louisiana, which is ranked 13th in the latest ESPN/USA Softball poll, will play Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, Texas, College of Charleston and Illinois State in the Diamond Citrus Classic this weekend in Kissimmee, Fla.
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