LAFAYETTE — 2014 continues to be a record-breaking year for the Louisiana-Lafayette athletic department.
With just over four months remaining in the year, the Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics Foundation annual fund eclipsed the $2 million barrier for the first time, RCAF chairman Wayne Elmore announced Monday.
“With the help of the RCAF and the continued support from its members, the university can attract and retain the top coaches in the nation and upgrade facilities, allowing our coaches the student-athletes needed for a championship-caliber program,” Elmore said.
The university announced Aug. 3 that a record $1.76 million was raised in unrestricted donations, surpassing the previous mark of $1.67 million set in 2013.
The record-setting amount in donations comes on the heels of a year in which Louisiana-Lafayette was the lone school in the country to win a bowl game, send a team to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, host NCAA regionals and super regionals in baseball and softball and send a team Women’s College World Series.
The Ragin’ Cajuns captured Sun Belt regular-season championships in football, baseball and softball and claimed SBC tournament titles in men’s basketball, baseball, softball and men’s tennis.
Investments to the RCAF annual fund provide unrestricted funds to enhance support for overall operations, personnel and facility improvements, such as elements of the athletic facilities master plan, which was released last year. Work on the first tier of an initial three-tier program is underway at Cajun Field with the addition of nearly 7,000 seats in the south end zone, the installment of a new video display system and added concession stands and restroom facilities.