What Will Former UL Softball Coach Michael Lotief Do Next?
What project will former Louisiana Ragin' Cajun softball head coach Michael Lotief do next?
Well, he will coach, of course.
Lotief will join EXCEL Elite as an instructor for their training centers in Prosper, Texas, beginning on January 3.
No surprise here, as Lotief loves working with youngsters, and loves teaching the game of softball.
Louisiana terminated Lotief on November 1, after multiple complaints of harassment.
In 15 seasons as either head coach or co-head coach at Louisiana, and 17 seasons overall, Lotief has part of a program that advanced to the NCAA tournament in every single one.
Originally a volunteer coach from 2001-02, before becoming co-head coach with his wife Stefni from 2003-12, Lotief became the sole head coach prior to the 2013 season.
Lotief led his teams to over 40 wins in every season, eight seasons with 50-or-more victories, and a school-record 60 wins in 2004.
Under his guidance as head coach, the Cajuns advanced to three Women’s College World Series (2003, 2008 & 2014), seven NCAA Super Regionals and 15 NCAA regionals.
In addition, Louisiana captured the Sun Belt Conference regular season championship 13 times in his 15-year tenure as a head coach, including 15 titles in his 17 seasons, overall.
The Cajuns also won 14 conference tournament championships in the 18 years of softball in the league, while posting an all-time record of 56-8 in the event, with Lotief in the dugout.
Lotief holds a career record of 729-174.
A 2016 ASA/USA Louisiana Softball Hall of Fame inductee, Lotief was chosen by his peers in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) to receive the 2016 Donna Newberry “Perseverance” Award.
Lotief knows a little something about working with youngsters too. Prior to coaching college softball, he coached the Louisiana Reflections, a summer program, where he guided that team to five-consecutive state championships, while making five national tournament appearances, including winning the AFA 18-U National Championship in 2000.