NEW ORLEANS - Former LSU softball coach Yvette Girouard and Tigers pitcher Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants have been honored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl for their accomplishments during the 2010-2011 academic year.
Girouard, a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame, was named the Outstanding College Coach from the State of Louisiana. She completed her legendary career by leading the Tigers to a 40-18 record and the program’s 13th NCAA Regional appearance. Girouard was also named Co-Coach of the Year in the Southeastern Conference and the Louisiana Coach of the Year for the 14th time.
Wilson, who was 18-10 at LSU from 2001-03, was selected as the Outstanding Professional Athlete from Louisiana. He was unscored upon in three appearances and got a save in the Game 5-clinching victory of the Giants’ World Series win last October.
Girouard and Wilson were among eight annual award winners announced by the Sugar Bowl and the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday. The others were Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington (Outstanding Professional Coach for Louisiana), Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger (Outstanding Professional Athlete from Greater New Orleans), Loyola New Orleans forward Ryan Brock (Outstanding Amateur Athlete from the Greater New Orleans Area), Tulane golfer Maribel Lopez-Porras (Outstanding Female Amateur Athlete for Greater New Orleans). the Archbishop Hannan state-champion softball team (Outstanding Team from Louisiana), and Archbishop wrestling coach Rod Cusachs (Outstanding Prep Coach for Louisiana).
The annual award winners will be honored along with other award winners at a banquet July 23rd in the Superdome.
The other award winners will be announced Thursday and Friday.