Almost three weeks after UL Lafayette fired Coach Michael Lotief, the University is naming a new head softball coach.
Gerry Glasco is taking the program over in the midst of scandal and allegations of abuse surrounding Coach Lotief. Glasco is the fourth head coach in the 38-year history of Ragin’ Cajuns Softball. He previously coached at Auburn, Texas A&M and the University of Georgia, racking up a decade of SEC experience.
During Monday’s announcement, UL Athletic Director Dr. Brian Maggard presented Glasco with a commemorative jersey and a Ragin’ Cajuns hat. It will take time for Glasco to get used to sporting his vermilion and white—plus, he knows his work is cut out for him. He’s inheriting a program rocked by controversy and players questioning their commitment to the team.
During monday’s announcement, Glasco made a promise to the University. “I will do everything in my power to never, ever, ever let you down.”
Over the weekend, he met with his players and hopes to build a strong relationship with them. “The girls are awesome,” Glasco said. “The situation is different and it always is in a coaching transition. I told the girls you didn’t choose me, but I chose them.”
Maggard said the University recruited Glasco. “I thought it was important that we got this hire done quickly so we would have stability. They have time to go home and spend time with family, process everything and come back next Monday ready to go.”
Glasco said under his leadership, the Cajuns will win many games, but that isn’t his number one priority. “I want to mentor them to be strong, confident, empowered young women. that’s our number one goal.”
As for the future of the Cajuns softball players, Maggard is confident there will not be many changes. “I’m expecting them all to stay.”
Coach Glasco’s hiring is pending the approval of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. If approved, Glasco’s base salary would be $170,000. He will be given a courtesy vehicle and a cell phone allowance. Glasco could earn more than $262,000 if he meets criteria for incentives from UL.