McNeese hires Wade: An article by Jim Gazzolo

By Jim Gazzolo   Will Wade has been hired as the new basketball coach at McNeese State. The former LSU coach has signed a five-year deal with the Cowboys a year to the day after he was fired in Baton Rouge. Wade and McNeese Athletic Director Heath Schroyer finished the contract at the airport in Chattanooga, Tenn. Sunday morning before…

Aiken out at McNeese

By Jim Gazzolo

John Aiken has been fired at McNeese State. Aiken, the men’s basketball coach over the past two seasons, was informed of the decision in a meeting Wednesday morning, some 13 hours after the end of the Cowboy season.  Multiple sources confirmed long-time friend and Athletic Director Heath Schroyer gave Aiken the news after McNeese finished 11-23, the most losses in…

Eye-opening victory: An article by Jim Gazzolo

By Jim Gazzolo   The Southland Conference is not a two-bid league in softball. What James Landreneau hopes to do is make McNeese State a two-bid program. The Cowgirls skipper has worked over the years to turn his team into one that can actually earn a second bid despite the conference it plays it. Give the league credit for some…

Cowboys picked for first: An article by Jim Gazzolo

The defending regular season champs are back for more.

By Jim Gazzolo McNeese State, which won the Southland Conference title and came within a game of capturing the postseason tournament as well, is picked to win the league again. McNeese got seven first-place votes and edged last year’s tourney champs from Southeaster 118-115 in the preseason poll of head coaches and sports information directors. The Lions beat McNeese in…

McNeese Softball Rising: An article by Jim Gazzolo

Cowgirls Ranked 42nd in national poll

By Jim Gazzolo Over a two-day period last spring the McNeese State softball program jumped into the national spotlight. Back-to-back wins over high-profile and nationally-ranked Notre Dame did more than just move the Cowgirls into the Evanston Regional championship. The victories made McNeese the softball tournament’s Cinderella story. “They gave our program great exposure,” said McNeese head coach James Landreneau….

Scripps National Spelling Bee Enrollment

Welcome Educators! We are so excited about your interest in the 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee! Let’s make sure SWLA is represented at this year’s national competition in Washington, DC! Here is the link to learn more, register and pay the fee for enrollment in the 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee: https://spellingbee.com/enrollment If you would like help with this process…

New Year Should Be Interesting

By Jim Gazzolo

New Year Should Be Interesting By Jim Gazzolo A new year brings new hopes for McNeese State athletics. There is still a lot left to do for the program and its teams. With that in mind, here is what 2023 could bring to McNeese. With four Southland Conference tournaments being hosted in Lake Charles, the Cowboys have chance to make…

McNeese set to honor Dumars

By Jim Gazzolo

McNeese set to honor Dumars By Jim Gazzolo Making up for lost time, McNeese State is set to make Joe Dumars a permanent part of its basketball program. The University will name the floor of the Legacy Center after its most famous player when the Cowboys next play at home. On Jan. 5 McNeese will honor its basketball legend in…