Wednesday, June 15, 2016

McNeese State Promotes James Landreneau to Head Coach

McNeese State has filled their head coaching vacancy by promoting veteran assistant coach James Landreneau to take the reins of the program.

Landreneau has been part of the Cowgirl staff for four seasons, serving under previous head coaches Mike Smith and Joanna Hardin, both of whom ultimately left McNeese for Power Five coaching positions at Ole Miss and Virginia, respectively.

A longtime Lake Charles resident, the assistant's position at McNeese as Landreneau's first collegiate coaching job and this will be his first head coaching position.

Responsible for the McNeese offense during his time as a Cowgirl assistant, Landreneau has overseen the growth of Erika Piancastelli into a two-time all-American slugger and has helmed an offense that led the Southland Conference in nine categories in 2016, including four hundred sixty-six hits and 292 runs scored.

Landreneau assumes the captainship of a program that set a new school record in 2016 with forty-three wins. That number included a 23-4 mark in conference play and a regular-season Southland championship, as well as a conference tournament championship that saw the Cowgirls earn a berth in the NCAA tournament.

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