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In 2011, Lamar mentor Jim Gilligan became the first Southland coach to reach 1,200 career victories, ranking him sixth-best in the NCAA among active Division I coaches and 24th all-time. He leads an impressive list of coaches who have patrolled Southland Conference dugouts, including Mark Johnson, Mike Bianco, John Cohen, Mitch Gaspard, Smoke Laval, Butch McBroom, Pat Patterson, Tony Robichaux, Dave Van Horn and Jim Wells. The Southland also has a proud history in volleyball with former member Texas-Arlington representing the conference numerous times in the NCAA tournament, including a run to the NCAA Volleyball Final Four in 1989. Track and field has also served as a proud asset for the Southland Conference as the league has produced numerous national champions and Olympic medalists. The Southland boasts 28 men and three women student-athletes who have won NCAA track and field national championships, including Northwestern State’s Trecey Rew, who won the women’s discus in 2011, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Shadrack Songok (10,000-meter run) in 2007 and 2008 and McNeese State’s Brad Gebauer (pole vault) in 2007. The league has also produced U.S. Olympic track and field medalists Earl Bell, Thomas Hill, Al Joyner, Charles Austin, and Liudmila Litvinova, along with other Olympians. With the addition of 10 more All-Americans in 2012, the league continues to find national success in both indoor and outdoor track and field. In the indoor circuit, the Southland boasts 66 unique all-time All-Americans that have won a combined 11 national championships. Likewise, in the outdoor season, the league has seen 158 different All-Americans, including 128 men and 30 women, who have combined to win 21 national championships. Golf has traditionally been a strong Southland sport as exemplified by Lamar men’s golfer Chris Stroud, who finished third individually at the 2003 NCAA National Championship and is a member of the PGA Tour. Both Stroud and former Southeastern Louisiana golfer Hugo Leon competed in

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the 2010 U.S. Open. Lamar alum Shawn Stefani had a pair of top seven finishes through the midway point of the 2013 PGA tour. The league has sent multiple teams into postseason play on numerous occasions, including in 2012 when three Southland teams – Lamar, Southeastern Louisiana and Texas-Arlington – competed in the NCAA tournament. Additionally, during the past five seasons the Southland has sent 12 golfers to compete as individuals in regional play with five in 2009, three more in 2010, one each in 2011 and 2012 and two in 2013. Lamar won a pair of NCAA Division II national championships in 1967 and 1968, and also produced PGA player Ronnie Black. In 2005, Lamar’s Dawie Van Der Walt finished fourth individually and Lamar tied for 12th place at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship, before the Cardinals tied for ninth in 2006 and tied for third in 2007. Former Lamar golfer Casey Clendenon advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur in 2007. In women’s tennis, Southeastern Louisiana won 46 consecutive conference matches during a four-year period that began in 2005, while in men’s tennis Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has played in the NCAA tournament five times in the last seven years. The conference has increased sponsorship and championship opportunities for female student-athletes in recent years, adding women’s golf and soccer as league sports. In women’s soccer, Stephen F. Austin midfielder Kylie Louw became the first player in conference history to earn All-America honors, when she earned third-team mention by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. A member of the South Africa Olympic team during the 2012 London Olympics, she also garnered first-team Academic All-America Honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America. The Ladyjacks have gone 72-12-8 (.826) in conference play during the last 10 seasons.

2013-14 ORU Women's Basketball Media Guide  

Your source for information on the 2013-14 ORU women's basketball team, including player bios, media information, historical features and mo...

2013-14 ORU Women's Basketball Media Guide  

Your source for information on the 2013-14 ORU women's basketball team, including player bios, media information, historical features and mo...

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