The Softball Dynasty at Louisiana Lafayette

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Lafayette, LA is home to the Ragin’ Cajuns and one of college softball's great dynasties. This season the Cajuns will be wearing the new Diamond Dynasty by Ringor.

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All of us came here with hopes and dreams. Add to that hard work and solid preparation...add in a community where fans and families believe in the dreams and hopes, and watch the dreams become reality.

History shows us that a dynasty is built one day, one step at a time. The foundation is critical and each decision matters. Ringor, maker of premium softball shoes, is proud to be the official shoe of the Ragin' Cajuns.

Looking at the Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana Lafayette, it is unmistakable that a dynasty has been built:

  •     51-11 record in 2011
  •     13 consecutive years at the NCAA Regional Tournament
  •     Defending Sun Belt Champions
  •     Conference champions 10 out of the last 11 years

The 2012 season looks to be equally strong for the program as they take the field in their new custom Diamond Dynasty spike. Key players like Christi Orgeron, who was a USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Finalist and member of Team USA leads the Cajuns with a .414 batting average and 23 home runs. Also returning is the speedy shortstop Nerissa Myers and pitcher Ashley Brignac. Brignac will return to the circle where she won the Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year and Capital One academic All-American of the Year in 2011.

The Cajuns’ are lead by a co-head coaching team of Stefni and Michael Lotief. Stefni Lotief was named head coach in 2001 and holds an overall record of 548-139 (.798) posting 50-plus victories seven times in eleven seasons. Michael Lotief, who joined the program in 2001 and was named co-head coach in 2003, and is regarded as one of the best offensive minds in the game of college softball. He has made the Cajuns one of the top hitting teams in the country.

"I love to talk hitting with our players,” says Michael Lotief,” and analyze their mechanics, breaking down video with them and figure out a way to help our players be the best in the country and realize their dreams and potential.”

The Lotiefs have built this dynasty with home grown talent. "Most of the players on this team are 'hometown girls'," says Stefni Lotief. "The coaches are hometown people. All of us, for the most part, were overlooked by the 'big' schools in the recruiting process. We had the courage to make a choice to defy the naysayers and conventional wisdom and stay close to home, near family and friends and pursue excellence," she adds. "All of us came here with hopes and dreams. Add to that hard-work and solid preparation - it creates an environment where people care about each other - and add in a community where fans and families who support and believe in the dreams and hopes, and watch the dreams become reality."

In 2002-03, a total of 12 members on the team were members of the Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll. The Cajuns topped that mark in 2009-10 when a total of 20 members were recognized by the Sun Belt. Recently the National Fastpitch Coaches Association recognized seven members as NFCA Scholar Athletes for the 2010-11 academic year.

The dynasty created by the Ragin’ Cajuns continues in 2012.

Ringor, started in 1983, is based in Wilsonville, OR and will be releasing the new Diamond Dynasty shoe later this month.


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