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Mr. John A. Dugas
PO Box 44003
Lafayette, LA 70504
Assoc AD - Internal Operations
UL Athletic Department
|John's Living Memorial for the Yvette Girouard Tribute is followed by information on his career at UL. His LM was submitted on June 6, 2017 and posted by Dr. Ed Dugas that day.
John Dugas - USL/UL Athletic Department, 1994-2017, Currently Associate AD For Internal Operations
My involvement with Athletics began in the fall of 1994, as I assisted with football game day operations.
My role expanded to all sports the following year, as Sherry Lebas was the only Athletics staff member running all USL home events.
I had known Coach Girouard as a fan, so I was excited at the prospect of being able to work with her. I had often wondered what her secret was, how did she take on the power house programs with more resources and consistently compete with them.
My role expended with Athletics and in the fall of 1998 Nelson Schexnayder rewarded me with an opportunity to earn my degree via a full scholarship. My office was located in EK Long Gym, where all Women’s Athletics offices were at the time.
I slowly gravitated more each semester to helping Coach Girouard and the softball program.
Initially, I helped because they needed it, but the more I was around her program on a daily basis, the more I realized and understood the secret to her success. I discovered that coaching softball was not the biggest or most important part of her approach.
Her work ethic, sincerity, and integrity inspired those around her to work harder, achieve more, and have faith in a common goal.
I often tell others that during her time here, Coach Girouard could have coached any sport or run any department at the University and it would have been a success.
I am forever thankful for the time I was fortunate enough to have spent being involved with her and her program.
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Monday launch begins new era for UL online
April 10, 2007
The new ragincajuns.com went live at 6:41 p.m. Monday evening.
At 8 p.m., the champagne sat unopened and the cake was uncut in the office of UL event management coordinator and webmaster John Dugas.
"We're still finding little things we want to fix or work on," Dugas said. "We haven't stopped to celebrate yet."
Dugas and the several other UL staffers and volunteers involved had reason to celebrate Monday's launch of the athletic department's re-tooled Web site. Just getting the site up and running was enough reason, since the UL site had been either dead or on life support since September.
"We've been getting all the questions about how it could take so long," Dugas said. "But we didn't want to rush it. We wanted to take the time to do it right. Because it's been that long, there could be a million things on there and if one thing is wrong, it's magnified. That's what we're trying to avoid."
The site includes several features that weren't possible during ragincajuns.com's earlier existence. It includes a large multimedia segment that will include video streaming of live UL athletic contests, extensive photo galleries, live statistics for several Cajun sports and eventually radio play-by-play through audio streaming.
"Because of the technology we have available, we can do so much more," Dugas said. "We have an e-mail sign-in where people can get immediate e-mails for particular sports anytime something is updated there. We can have hundreds of pictures up for view 15 minutes after a game. We've got changing headers so that when someone goes to a page and then back to the same page later, it'll look different.
"We're going to do some stream sharing for road games, especially conference games since a lot of conference schools use XOS. That'll give fans the chance to watch some road games on the site."
The site is a joint effort of the UL staff and XOS Technologies, a firm chosen by UL for its Web presence because of its success in other collegiate ventures and its versatility in other areas.
"We compared a couple of companies," Dugas said, "and we went with XOS because they're specifically designed for university athletic departments. They also offer a ticketing package, and we're looking at that for the future. Hopefully in a little over a year, we'll be doing our ticketing there."
Less than one hour after its launch, many of the thousands of available pages had more than 100 views, numbers that UL expects to increase exponentially once fans discover the site and its new features.
Already up are two auction items that fans can bid to purchase through the site, a throwback baseball jersey which the Cajuns will use in its April 17 home game against Southeastern La. and a basketball autographed by the players and staff of the UL women's basketball squad that advanced to last month's NCAA Tournament.
In fact, the jersey already had a $100 bid before 8 p.m.
A total of 41 fans had voted on a poll asking what was their favorite new feature on the site. The capability of live statistics from UL football, basketball, baseball, softball and other sports was the early front-runner.
The UL athletic site was hosted for years by C. H. Fenstermaker and Associates at no cost to the university until September.
"What they did for us is just amazing," Dugas said. "They kept us alive with a Web presence for a lot of years. But we were starting to generate so much traffic that it bogged down their whole operation."
Bare-bones information on the program has been carried on UL's Athletic Network site since September (www.athleticnetwork.net), but available information was limited and extremely basic.
"Having the Athletic Network site saved us this whole athletic year," Dugas said.
Dugas said that he and other UL staffers started looking at sites in mid-September, picking out ideas, features and graphics. One goal was to show some of the personality of the Acadiana area and the Cajun culture, without going overboard.
"I grew up here and spent my childhood going to games here," Dugas said. "But we also had some people doing this that weren't from here. It gave us a good mix of input. We wanted to showcase our uniqueness and not go overboard and look like country bumpkins.
"We are the Ragin' Cajuns, and we want to be unique, but we didn't want to be Bobby Boucher in The Waterboy."
Most of the features on the site will be free. A premium package is being developed for a $7.95 per month charge that will include all of the video streaming and other benefits. In the future, plans are for a lesser-priced package that includes all audio streaming of games.
"We'll always have a lot of video up for free," Dugas said. "We purchased some video equipment to do a lot of our own events. It won't be just live games, either ... we'll have events like Fan Days, press conferences and other events up there."
Posted April 10, 2007
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Dugas named as UL event coordinator
August 08, 2006 -
After 12 years in virtually every behind-the-scenes job possible in the University of Louisiana athletic department, John Dugas is now official.
Dugas was named as UL's event management coordinator effective Aug. 1 and will work with the planning and staging of all Ragin' Cajun athletic events. He will also assist with the development of the athletic department's web site, www.ragincajuns.com, as an offshoot of his continuing work with UL's unique Athletic Network web site.
"We finally got Sherry (LeBas) some help," joked UL interim athletic director David Walker Monday. LeBas, UL's longest-tenured athletic department employee, serves as assistant athletic director for game management, and Dugas has been a regular part of LeBas' staff for much of that time.
Dugas has been part of UL's game-day staff since September of 1994, working in event staffing, script writing, venue preparation, stadium and arena security, ticket operation, scoreboards and message center and setup and maintenance of public address and other equipment.
A 2002 UL graduate, Dugas was a teacher and coach at Scott Middle School for the past three years. He had also worked as human resources manager at International Plant Containers and as a field technician for SLEMCO before returning to earn his degree.
Originally published August 7, 2006
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Athletics Announces Addition to Department
August 07, 2006 - Matt Hebert, Sports Information -
The UL Lafayette Athletic Department announced the hiring of John Dugas,
affective August 1st. Dugas will serve as the Event Management Coordinator
for all athletic events, as well as assisting the Sports Information
Department with the athletic department website, ragincajuns.com. Dugas is a
2002 UL graduate, where he received a degree in secondary education. Dugas
was employed by the Lafayette Parish School Board previous to his hiring,
where he taught 7th grade social studies and coached Football, basketball
and soccer at Scott Middle School.
Originally published August 7, 2006
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I began working part time on the game management staff for the athletic department in the fall of '94 under Oliver Blanchard.
In the fall of '96, my role increased to include basketball, volleyball, softball and baseball. With the help of Nelson Schexnayder and Sherry LeBas, I was able to come back to school in the spring of '98 on an athletic scholarship.
I graduated in the spring of 2002, and I am currently teaching in Lafayette parish. I continue to work for the athletic department, and I am also the administrator for the Athletic Network website.
It would be difficult for me to express how much my time at UL has changed my life. I enjoy every event I attend and look forward to the future of Ragin Cajun Athletics.
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