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UL athletic director Bryan Maggard speaks to the media before a prayer service for UL baseball coach Tony Robichaux on July 2 at Russo Park.

UL athletic director Bryan Maggard said he has an "impossible" task on his hands: replacing a respected figure like late Cajuns baseball coach Tony Robichaux.

In an open letter to fans released Thursday morning on the school's website, Maggard said the search for the baseball program's next head coach "will be quick but not hurried" and that the next coach "will possess the character and standards our baseball program stands for and is accustomed to."

"A transition like this is certainly difficult, and I am so grateful for the love and support this community has given to the Robichaux family and our Ragin' Cajuns Baseball program.

"We will commit to finding a coach who prioritizes the academic success of our student-athletes, focuses on the hearts of those he coaches, recruits relentlessly and is a proven winner." 

Robichaux died July 3 at the age of 57 after suffering a heart attack June 23. He was laid to rest Monday. 

In the open letter, Maggard said he will have "no further public comment" until a new coach is named, which he said is in line with previous coaching searches he's conducted. 

"Due to the notoriety and success of Louisiana Baseball, there will be great interest and speculation associated with this search," Maggard wrote. "Thus, unless you hear information directly from me, please do not assume it to be accurate." 

You can read the full letter from Maggard here.

Email James Bewers at jbewers@theadvocate.com