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Softball: Wife of fired Cajuns softball coach has massive heart attack

The Advertiser, Nov. 3, 2017

Former Ragin’ Cajuns head softball coach Stefni Lotief suffered a massive heart attack Saturday night, according to her family.

"Thanks again to everybody for your love and support and prayers," her husband, Michael Lotief, said in a statement Sunday. "Stef is still in ICU and recovering slowly but surely. She is tough and she is a fighter. And she learned that through athletics/softball.

Some may remember what a fierce competitor she was as a pitcher – in fact, she was UL’s (USL) first All American in any sport and she was an Academic All American, too. Smart and tough and beautiful. That’s why I fell in love with her: a strong, confident, competitive woman.

Last night was the “craziest” ordeal I’ve ever lived thru – watching her have a heart attack then go thru surgery and be in recovery then have another heart attack during her recovery.

That ordeal went on for over 7 hours and she was a warrior – just like when she pitched and she never backed down b/c she does not know how to quit or whine or blame somebody else.

Just keep fighting and find a way to win! Again, thanks to this community (our home) for standing with US – and for your love and support and prayers: Stef has given her entire life to & for others – she is so selfless and has such a big, caring, loving heart and I’m glad to report that heart is still pumping and has more love to give to this community ; but for now — thank you for loving her back!”