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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Yvette Girouard to be Inducted Into Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

There's been a lot of hall-of-fame mentions on this site over the past several weeks; "'tis the season", you might say. But none were more prominent or more deserving than this one. Former Louisiana-Lafayette and LSU head coach Yvette Girouard will be inducted into the state Sports Hall of Fame.

With a career that spanned thirty-one years and more than 1,200 victories as a head coach, Girouard is truly one of the greatest coaches to ever take up residence in a softball dugout. A 2005 induction into the NFCA hall of fame only further makes one wonder what took the folks down here in the Bayou State to enshrine her!

With seven conference championships and twenty-two All-Americans coming under her tutelage, Girouard spent twenty years at ULL before moving to LSU in 2001, where she stayed until her retirement in 2011.

The Girouard influence continues to be felt by players even today. Kyla Holas and Britni Sneed-Newman, both now successful coaches in their own right, are two of many that learned under Girouard's tutelage.

Girouard's still-active bio on the LSU Sports website begins by describing Girouard perfectly in a single sentence: "Pick whatever criteria you want to use and you'll get the same result: Yvette Girouard is synonymous with outstanding softball."

Other members of the 2015 Hall of Fame class include Kevin Faulk, Jake Delhomme, Avery Johnson, and others. The induction will take place in June of next year.

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