Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns
is the nickname of the
athletic teams of The University of Louisiana at
. UL Lafayette, at that time known as the University
of Southwestern Louisiana, was the first to adopt the nickname
using it initially in the 1960s to refer to
its football team.
Prior to the 1960s, the team nickname was the "Bulldogs." In 1963
then football coach Russ Faulkinberry changed the nickname of the
football team "Bulldogs" to "Ragin' Cajuns." By the 1970s, the
athletic department, the sports information director Bob Henderson
and the student body picked up on the nickname. As published in the
1974 football guide, the nickname became official that year. Until
the 2006-07 academic year, women's teams were referred to as the
, but they now use the same "Ragin'
Cajuns" nickname as the men's teams.
|Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns compete in
the following NCAA
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First Year of Baseball: 1903.
First Year of Division I: 1972.
Years of Baseball: 91st season.
All-Time Record (since 1960): 1,256-940-4 (.572).
All-Time Division I Record: 1,074-748-3 (.589).
All-Time Sun Belt Record: 206-123 (.626).
NCAA Appearances/Last: Ten/2007.
All-Time NCAA Tournament Record: 17-20.
Regular Season Conference. Championships: 13; Gulf States
Conference (1949-53, 1966); Southland Conference (1972-73);
American South Conference (1988-91); Sun Belt Conference (1997,
Conference Tournament championships: 1 Sun Belt Conference
Last time in postseason: 2007 College Station Regional (2-2).
Finished tied for 3rd at 2000 College World Series after knocking
off overall #1 South Carolina in Super Regional. Defeated Clemson
and San Jose State, lost to Stanford twice in 2000 College World
The Softball team is among the most successful of all Ragin Cajun
teams, having won nine regular season championships, nine
conference tournament championships, and five appearances in the
Women's College World
(1993, 1995, 1996, 2003, and 2008). During the 2008 WCWS
appearance the Ragin Cajuns defeated #1 ranked Florida and
eventually finished fifth. The Ragin Cajun softball team has seen
post-season play in 19 of the past 20 seasons. The Ragin Cajuns
have been Sun Belt Conference champions in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004,
2005, and 2008 along with 14 NCAA Regionals, 33 All-Americans, 24
consecutive winning seasons.
The team is led by an unusual co-head coaching arrangement; even
more unusual is that the head coaches are married – Stefni Lotief
(452-110 record through ten seasons as either head or co-head
coach) and husband Michael (assistant coach for two seasons,
co-head coach for the last eight with a 351-87 record).
Southland Conference Champions, #8 national ranking; 1972-73
Southland Conference Champions, #7 national ranking; 2003-04 Sun
Belt west division champions 2004 Sun Belt Conference Tournament
champions. 2005 Sun Belt Conference Tournament champions. NIT
Participant 2002 and 2003. NCAA Tournament participant 2000, 2004*,
*vacated by NCAA
Participate in NCAA Division I FBS in the Sun Belt Conference. 2005
Sun Belt Conference co-champions. 1993 and 1994 Big West Conference
- Water Skiing -
First year of competition: 1989. Has finished no worse than third
in the annual NCWSA National Collegiate Water Ski Association
championships since 1993. National champions: 1995, 1997, 2003,
- Badminton, Bowling, Cheerleading,
Rugby, Sport Shooting, Men's
Soccer, Tae Kwon Do, Water Skiing
Football was the first team organized at the then Institute (SLII)
in 1901, although an advertisement promoting women's gymnastics was
placed in 1900.
- Mr. Cajun (animated)
- RC the Bulldog (live)
- "Gee" the bulldog (live) prior to being the Ragin' Cajuns
- "The Fabulous Cajun Chicken" (animated) 1982-1999
Songs and cheers
Ragin' Cajuns Fight Song
- Alma Mater, beloved old Southwestern,
- Pride of our Southland so fair!
- Oaks and pines, and sweet magnolia's beauty,
- Show forth they charms so rare,
- Alma Mater, for honor, truth, and wisdom
- Thy halls for aye shall stand,
- Loyal sons, and daughters sing,
- Proclaiming here's my heart and hand.
- Fight on, Cajuns, fight on to victory
- For the Red and White,
- We will sing of triumph and glory,
- For our team tonight,
- You will hear the rage of the Cajuns,
- So let's give a yell, (AHH-YEE)
- Hustle up and bustle up and
- Fight on to victory - GEAUX U L!
- Yeah Rouge
- Yeah Blanc
- Yeah Cajuns
- Hot Boudin!
- Cold Coush-Coush!
- Come on Cajuns,
- Push! Push! Push!!!
Notable sports alumni
- La Louisiane (Fall 2006) "Nothing Tops
- Division I Committee on Infractions Penalizes
University of Louisiana at Lafayette for Violations in Football,
- Ragin' Cajuns Fight Song"