Louisiana-Lafayette could have its first executive director of the Ragin’ Cajun Athletic Foundation (RCAF) by the end of Tuesday.
The five-man search committee charged with filling the newly-created position has scheduled an 11 a.m. Tuesday meeting — after completing interviews with five unnamed finalists — and could reach a decision and possibly make a job offer during or shortly after that meeting.
Committee chairman Charles Moncla said nearly 70 applications were received for the position, which will oversee the 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the fundraising arm for Ragin’ Cajun athletics. Many of those duties have fallen on UL-Lafayette Athletics Director Scott Farmer over the past two years since former associate AD Ken Winstead left to become associate AD and senior fundraiser at Seattle University.
“I think they’ll move through the process very quickly,” Farmer said of the selection committee. “They have really put their business hats on and done a great job of identifying the type of person we need in our program.”
Winstead had other duties along with the RCAF, so the search committee of RCAF executive committee members Moncla, Bryan Hanks, Robert Daigle, Wayne Elmore and Ed Domingues will be selecting the group’s first full-time director.
The RCAF oversees the annual fund drive and is also tasked with securing funding for the $114 million master plan for athletic facilities. End zone expansion of Cajun Field was completed last fall, the 100,000-square-foot Athletic Performance Center is scheduled to open early in September, and construction is continuing on the track-soccer facility in the master plan’s Tier I.
Tier II projects include a more complete $57 million renovation of Cajun Field, including an adjacent athletic administration building, and total renovation of the Moore Field baseball complex.