The Cajun Redzone has learned from our sources close to the UL Softball program that former McNeese Head Coach and former Ragin' Cajuns assistant Chris Malveaux will be officially named the Cajun's new associate softball coach. He will join former Ragin' Cajun Softball player and coach Lana Bowers as the replacements for departed coaches Lisa Norris and TJ Hubbard.
Chris Malveaux joined the Bradley softball program in 2011 after leaving the Ragin' Cajuns were he specialized in working with the hitters. In 2014 Bradley posted its highest batting average (.285) since 1995 and scored a single-season record 261 runs.
The Braves launched 41 home runs, smashing the single-season record of 26. BU also set school records for RBIs(237), total bases (635), slugging percentage (.410) and walks (171).
Chris Malveaux joined the Cajuns coaching staff in 2009 as a volunteer assistant and was elevated to assistant coach for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Malveaux helped Louisiana to three consecutive Sun Belt Conference regular-season and tournament titles in addition to three NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure. The Ragin' Cajuns, which advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals in 2010 and finished each of the last three years ranked in the national polls, combined for a 141-42 (.770) record during his time in Lafayette, La., including a 61-16 (.792) mark in league play.
Prior to Louisiana, Malveaux was head coach at McNeese State for four years (2005-08). He guided the Cowgirls' to the Southland Conference Tournament title and just the second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history in his first season. McNeese State produced 14 all-conference selections, including six first-team picks, during his four years as head coach, a Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year and two conference Utility Players of the Year.
During his time in Lake Charles, La., McNeese State belted a school season record 60 home runs in 2005 and also set the Southland Conference season record for doubles with 105.
Lana Bower was Director of Softball Operations this past season, was a midseason hire in 2013. Lana was brought on by coach Michael Lotief as an assistant coach after a stellar playing career with the Cajuns from 2007-10.
A three time All-Sun Belt selection as a catcher, Bowers finished her career with the Cajuns as one of the top-five defensive players of all time in Louisiana's history. As a player, she played in the NCAA Regionals all four years, the NCAA Super Regionals in 2008 and 2010, and the 2008 Women's College World Series.