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Ms. Lacy Prejean
|Appointed Assistant Coach Softball, Sept. 7, 2018.
LAFAYETTE – Acadiana native Lacy Prejean is returning to the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Softball coaching staff as an assistant coach, head coach Gerry Glasco announced on Friday.
Prejean, who starred at Carencro High School and twice competed in the Women's College World Series with Alabama, was a member of Louisiana's coaching staff from 2005-07.
She joins associate head coach Mike Roberts as additions to the Ragin' Cajuns coaching staff beginning with the 2019 season. Prejean will work with the Ragin' Cajuns catchers and instruct the defense (infield and outfield).
"In hiring for this position, I was in search of longevity and someone who was from the community," Glasco said. "And an individual who also possessed elite college-level experience and had competed at the World Series.
"We were able to meet all of those criteria in Lacy," Glasco added. "Not only that, but we were able to find a person with strong character and integrity who possesses great leadership skills."
Prejean helped guide Louisiana to three NCAA Tournament appearances and was instrumental in directing and implementing the program's fall season camps.
After her first stint with the Ragin' Cajuns, Prejean returned to her alma mater in 2008 where she served as the director of operations on Pat Murphy's staff for two seasons, experiencing two more trips to the WCWS.
Prejean returned home in 2009 and entered the private sector, but remained active in the softball community including serving as a travel ball coach for Diamond Sports Hotshots from 2014-17.
Prejean earned a bachelor's degree in business (May 2003) and master's degree in sports administration (May 2009) from Alabama. The 2000 SEC Freshman of the Year, she was an All-SEC performer at catcher for four seasons with the Crimson Tide and started all but seven games during her career. She participated in the 2002 USA Softball National Team Camp and was a member of the 2006 USA Baseball Women's National team.
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Prejean switches to baseball, wins world championship
August 17, 2006 -
It's not like Lacy Prejean had never played baseball. After all, she did have an older brother that she idolized, one who played high school baseball.
"I wanted to be just like him," Prejean said. "He and all the guys in the neighborhood played ball, and I played ball with them when I could."
Betcha none of those guys have a World Cup Baseball gold medal.
The University of Louisiana's assistant softball coach swapped sports for a three-week period in July and August, and the result was an international experience that she hadn't even considered only a few months ago.
Prejean was part of the USA women's baseball team that won the Women's Baseball World Cup in Chinese Taipei, July 31-Aug. 6. Her squad put together a 5-1 record in a round-robin competition against teams from Japan, Canada, Australia, Cuba, Hong Kong and host Taipei.
"It was my first time out of the country," Prejean said, "really my first time for any international event. But they treated us very well. They took care of all the teams."
Women's baseball doesn't draw much U.S. attention. Softball, obviously, is more ingrained as one of the bedrock women's sports in NCAA collegiate competition and with an established pro league.
Prejean, a native of Lafayette and a former softball star at Carencro High, was a four-year All-SEC catcher at Alabama. She twice led the Crimson Tide to the Women's College World Series, and participated in the 2002 USA National Team camp.
"She was one of the best players in the country," said UL softball co-head coach Stefni Lotief.
But that was softball, not baseball. "Yes, pitching overhand, the small ball, the bigger field," Prejean said.
Besides, Prejean thought her playing days were over ... until a USA Baseball representative called at mid-summer desperate for a catcher, after a national team member blew out a knee.
"They had invited me in 2004 for the first World Cup," Prejean said, "but I had just graduated and I couldn't take off for five weeks. This time, they called and asked if I was interested."
She went to a 30-player camp at the Oakland A's facility in Phoenix, and was one of the 18 selected. Five days later, she was headed for Taipei.
Prejean started all six games for the U.S. team, committing no errors and allowing only one stolen base. She also hit .154 with three RBI and scored four runs.
"They told me they just wanted me to catch, block balls and throw out runners," Prejean said. "Japan and a couple of others had really fast teams and stealing bases was really an issue. We had a great offensive lineup so any hitting they got from me was a bonus.
"But I had some good at-bats."
Originally published August 17, 2006
TEAM USA (Lacy's Team) RALLIES IN SIXTH TO CAPTURE GOLD AGAINST JAPAN
August 10, 2006 - August 6, 2006
Contact: Fumi Kimura
International Baseball Federation
Women's Baseball World Cup
TEAM USA RALLIES IN SIXTH TO CAPTURE GOLD AGAINST JAPAN
TAIPEI, Taiwan --- Outfielder Tamara Holmes (Albany, CA) broke a 10-10 tie with a one-out, bases-loaded double down the left-field line in the bottom of the sixth as Team USA went on to defeat Japan, 13-11 Sunday at Tienmu Baseball Stadium. The win gave Team USA (5-1) its second consecutive gold medal at the IBAF Women's World Cup.
Team USA rebounded from Japan's eight-run rally in the fifth to load the bases for Holmes on a pair of singles by Bridget Venturi-Veneema (Deerfield, IL) and Jane Uh (Riverside, CA) and a walk by Donna Mills (Lynn, MA).
ï¿½I came up to the plate confident," said Holmes. ï¿½I saw before my at-bat that the pitcher [Risa Nakashima] was bringing the strike zone down. I figured that I was going to see a strike and I choked up on the bat and waited for one."
Holmes, who struggled offensively during the tournament, (4 for 20), had her best performance of the week, going 2 for 4 with four RBI and a run scored.
ï¿½It crossed my mind to squeeze," said Team USA manager Julie Croteau, ï¿½but I knew Tamara had the power to turn this game on a dime. I had a lot of confidence in her ability to come through in a close situation. She was definitely worth waiting for."
The Team USA offense started early, pouring in 10 runs in the first three innings. USA loaded the bases in the first and second innings for Mills, whose clutch hits drove in four of the team's first five runs. In the bottom of the third, Team USA rallied for five runs, highlighted by Venturi-Veneema's three-run gap double and shortstop Keri Lemasters' (Santa Clarita, CA) RBI single.
However, Japan erased the lead, putting together 10 runs in two innings. Following Ayumi Ota's two-run double in the fourth, Team USA issued seven walks and hit two batters in the fifth. Kazumi Morii had the lone hit of the inning, a two-run single to center. Reliever Trista Russo (Galway, NY), the fourth pitcher of the inning, looked to have the team out of the jam with an apparent double-play grounder to second but Team USA was unable to complete the play allowing Japan to tie the game.
Japan would score again in the top of the seventh on a one-out, RBI-single, but Russo struck out Yui Oyama and Tomomi Takashima grounded out to first to end the game.
Russo earned the win to improve to 1-0 after holding Japan to a run on three hits while striking out two and walking two in 2.2 innings.
Team USA starter Jennifer Hunter (Tarpon Springs, FL) pitched three scoreless innings before giving up a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Hunter scattered just four hits and struck out one in the no-decision.
ï¿½Jen Hunter did a tremendous job in this tournament and Trista did a great job of coming in and throwing strikes to keep us in the game," said Croteau.
Mills was 2 for 3 with four RBI and two runs scored while Venturi-Veneema also drove the offense, batting 3 for 3 with three RBI.
ï¿½Donna is my choice for MVP of this tournament," said Croteau. ï¿½Each time we had a runner at second with Donna at the plate, they were as good as scored."
Mills led the team with a .474 (9 for 19) average, nine hits and 13 RBI. She was tied for first with three doubles and did not commit an error defensively.
ï¿½I'm extremely proud of our athletes," said Croteau. ï¿½I knew we had a fantastic team of seasoned veterans and future superstars. There is a lot of parity at the international level and I look forward to the teams these countries will field in the future."
JPN 000 280 1 -- 11 8 3
USA 325 003 x -- 13 12 1
WP: Russo (USA), 1-0
LP: Nakashima (JPN), 1-1
Records: USA 5-1; JPN, 4-2
Softball: Prejean perfect fit for Cajun coaching staff
February 04, 2005 -
Louisiana's Ragin' Cajun softball program has long had an image as a family operation.
Local fans have adopted the players as their own, and for years the program has had a tight-knit aura to it.
This year, head coach Stefni Lotief and co-head coach Michael Lotief have added to that family atmosphere by hiring Carencro product Lacy Prejean as an assistant on the coaching staff.
Prejean got her start in fastpitch softball with the Lotiefs' youth programs in 1994, then posted an All-SEC career as a catcher for the Alabama Crimson Tide coached by former UL assistant coach Pat Murphy.
When the Cajuns reached the Women's College World Series in 2003, Prejean and Alabama were there as well.
When it came time to make staff changes this year, Prejean was a perfect addition.
"Having Lacy here is really special for us," Michael Lotief said. "She's got opinions on hitting, pitching and defense, and that kind of diversity makes a program good."
"We needed to add a full-time coach with College World Series experience to help us with the growing demands of our program," Stefni Lotief said. "She knows what it takes to win championships, and displays the same energy, passion, enthusiasm, intensity and work ethic while coaching that she did as a player.
"Lacy proved that she was one of the best players in the country. As a catcher, she was involved in all phases of the game - calling pitches, directing the defense, handling the pitching staff and scouting opponents."
Prejean will be especially helpful to senior catcher Joy Webre, but her winning background is a natural addition in general.
"I didn't know anything about fastpitch softball until I started with their program," Prejean said. "I didn't even know they had college softball."
"We were learning as we were going," Stefni Lotief said. "Her goal from the beginning was to play college softball."
"We tried to get her to come here," said Michael Lotief, who now has Prejean back home.
Originally published February 4, 2005
Assistant Softball Coach 2004 on the Lotief staff.
Louisiana's Ragin Cajuns softball program has added one of Acadiana's homegrown stars to its coaching staff for the 2005 season. Head coach Stefni Lotief and co-head coach Michael Lotief announced the addition of former University of Alabama standout catcher and Scott native Lacy Prejean as the program's assistant coach.
"We needed to add a full-time coach with College World Series experience to help us with the growing demands of our program. I coached Lacy from the time she was 12 till the time she graduated and believe me, she knows what it takes to win championships. She displays the same energy and passion and enthusiasm and intensity and work-ethic while coaching that she did as a player."
Prejean prepped at Carencro High School, and she played ASA softball for Louisiana Image under Stefni Lotief -- and was teammates with Summar Lappeyrouse and Jill Robertson.
"I've known Lacy since she was 12 years old. I watched her grow up and she learned the game of softball on my watch. She is a great person from a great family. If we had been the coaches at UL when she graduated from high school, we would've never let her leave home.. It is great to have her back home and on our team again."
Prejean, who earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Alabama in May of 2003, was an all-SEC performer all four seasons with the Crimson Tide. She started in all but seven games during her career. She was the starting catcher for UA and lead them to the Women's College World Series her freshmen year (2000) and was there again in 2003, the same year the Ragin' Cajuns softball team made its fourth appearance.
During her senior season she posted a career-best for homeruns (10), doubles (10), RBI (35) and hits (35). She hit an impressive .349 with five homeruns and 21 RBI during SEC play and was rewarded with First Team All-Sec honors.
She was the 2000 SEC Freshman of the YEAR. She was invited to participate in the 2002 USA National Team Camp following her junior season.
"Coach Prejean proved during her playing days that she was one of the best players in the country. As a catcher, she was involved in all phases of the game -- calling pitches, directing the defense, handling the pitching staff, scouting opponents. Her in-depth knowledge of the game makes her transition to coaching very easy. It is exciting for us to now help players that we have coached stay in the game and become coaches and pass on the life lessons to a new generation of players."
According to Prejean, "Lafayette is my home. This is where I want to be and coaching is what I want to do. It is a dream come true to be able to start my college coaching career with one of the top teams in the country and to be able to learn the coaching aspects of the game from the best and people who are like family to me."
"I am presently implementing a series of devolopmental clinics through the university, as well as a Thanksgiving and Christmas camp, to help any softball palyer out there who wants to get better and learn new skills."
According to Lotief, many thanks goes to the University and the community for their continued support of the softball program, "I would personally like to thank Dr. Authment and Nelson Schexnayder for making this happen and all of our sponsors and people in this community for continuing to financially support the needs of this program. We have an awesome group of young ladies this year who are very appreciative for all you do. 2005 will be another exciting year for Ragin Cajun softball."
Lacy is the daughter of John Wayne and Becky Prejean of Scott, Louisiana. She also has a brother Jake who served his country in the Marines, a sister Monique who is preping at Teurlings Catholic and an 12 year old brother Ashton.
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