LAFAYETTE — With the most successful year for athletics in school history recently completed, the Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics Foundation looks to continue the momentum with the expansion of the Board of Directors.
The previous seven-member board expanded to 24 and is now led by an executive committee chaired by Louisiana-Lafayette alum and Lafayette native Wayne Elmore.
Joining Elmore on the executive committee is past chairman John Bordelon, chairman-elect Robert Daigle, secretary/treasurer Charlie Moncla, and at-large representatives Ed Domingues, Marc Judice and Blaine Barrilleaux.
Members on the board include Ken Blanchard, Jake Delhomme, David Fontenot, Garett Gauthier, Bryan Hanks, Patrick Kane, Paul Patout, Don Wallace, Gerald Boudreaux, Nathan Granger, Chris Russo, Reggie Dupre, Tiffany Harris, Tommie Rogers, Byron Starks, Jerry Prejean and Ken Crouch.
Formed in 2009, the RCAF has played a key role in the success of the athletics program by helping increase the annual budget, recruiting and retaining head coaches, providing support in capital projects in the Athletics Facilities Master Plan and increasing scholarship endowments for student-athletes.
“The expansion of the RCAF Board from seven to 24 was the next logical step in building a stronger athletic program,” Athletic Director Scott Farmer said. “In just over five years since the RCAF was formed, we have been able to establish a stable financial base with money raised through our Annual Fund. That has helped us improve facilities, attract top coaches and give our alums and members of our community what they’ve wished for … a championship-caliber program that competes at the highest level of Division I athletics.”
With the success of the athletics program in 2013-14 that saw five sports claim conference titles, continued facility upgrades through the Athletics Master Plan, and graduating its student-athletes at a 75 percent rate in the most recent Federal Graduation Rates Report — the highest rate among student-athletes in both the Sun Belt Conference and the state of Louisiana — the RCAF will continue to play a vital role as the external fundraising arm of Cajuns athletics.
During the 2013-14 year, Louisiana-Lafayette posted the Sun Belt Conference’s highest average attendance marks in football, baseball and softball while ranking second overall in men’s basketball.