ULM Baseball Field renamed Terrain Lou St-Amant

MONROE, Louisiana – The University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors on Thursday approved the naming of ULM baseball field “Lou St. Amant Field” in honor of the former baseball head coach and University alumnus. of northeast Louisiana, Lou St. Amant.

“It is only fitting to name the field at our baseball stadium in honor of Lou St. Amant,” said ULM President Dr. Ron Berry. “The University was blessed to have Lou as a baseball coach for 18 seasons, and it is staggering to think of the hundreds of student-athlete lives he positively impacted during his tenure. , he remains one of those great ambassadors of the university.

“Lou St. Amant richly deserves this tribute, and by putting his name on the field, he will recall his commitment to ULM and its student-athletes while inspiring the Warhawk family for generations to come.”

St. Amant spent 18 seasons as head coach of the NLU baseball team, earning 414 career wins, and was instrumental in both the initial construction of the baseball facility in 1983 and in the turf and Stadium Club renovation project, which culminated before the 2022 season.

“I got a lot of top honors from this university,” St. Amant said. “It’s by far the biggest and best I could even dream of. We started this facility in 1983 when I kind of designed and worked it. Through the various coaches the facility has changed and every coach helped. With (ULM baseball head coach Michael Federico), the improvements were significant. It’s a huge honor and I really appreciate it.

» (ULM Athletics Director) scott mcdonald and I’ve been together since 1979,” St. Amant said. “It’s been a great run. I appreciate it, the administrators and the players who have played for me. Thanks to Dr. Ron Berry and his team for their help in this honor.”

There have been several highlights in St. Amant’s career. His first achievement came during his first season as head coach. After spending two years as an assistant, the 1970 NLU grad took over in 1976 and led Northeast to a 20-13 record, ending a four-season losing streak.

His first victory as a head coach came in his very first game, 6-2 against Northwestern State.

Northeast was an NCAA Division I independent when the Norco, Louisiana native took over. St. Amant’s first three seasons were as an independent before NLU joined the Trans America Athletic Conference in 1979. NLU’s best result in the TAAC was a tie for first place in the Western Division during the 1982 season .

Northeast joined the Southland Conference in 1983 and made a sudden impact. St. Amant led the Indians to their first conference title in any major SLC men’s sport. The Indians also qualified for the NCAA playoffs for the first time. They had already played four times in the NAIA playoffs, reaching the 1970 World Series, before becoming a member of the NCAA.

“The name of the baseball field for Coach St. Amant is appropriate for many reasons,” McDonald said. “He was instrumental in the design of the pitch and was there every day during construction. We will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of this pitch in the spring, and it has never looked better. He led this team in the spring 1983 at ULM. NCAA baseball’s first regional appearance. His vision, hard work, perseverance and attention to detail are still reflected in this magnificent facility. He is still very much involved in the program and is a great mentor and ambassador.

“Today is a special day for the past, present and future of Warhawk Baseball,” Federico said. “To name the field after Coach Lou St. Amant and honor his legacy to our university is a huge and very deserving honor for the special people that he and his late wife, Mrs. Marilyn, are. Lou is a treasure to the city of Monroe, northeast Louisiana, and the state of Louisiana I personally want to thank scott mcdonald and the passion he shared with me naming the course after Coach St. Amant.

“Coach has been part of this great university since 1967 and was instrumental in building the current stadium 40 years ago. This stadium has only improved over the years and his name will now be honored forever. .”

Preparing for Destrehan High School, St. Amant was an outstanding high school player who went on to pursue his career at LSU. Difficulties with his throwing arm ended his career at LSU. After leaving LSU, St. Amant began his career teaching and coaching at schools in southern Louisiana. He spent time at Sacred Heart School in Norco (1960-64), St. Charles Boromeo School in Destrehan (1964-66 and 1967-68), and St. Joan of Arc School in LaPlace (1966-67) before coming to Northeast as an assistant and completing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

After graduating in 1970, St. Amant returned to the high school ranks. His greatest success came during five years as athletic director and head football coach at Lutcher High School, where he posted a 44-13 record, including the LHSAA Class 3A State Championship and Teams finalists. His 1975 team went undefeated at 13-0-1 in winning the Class 3A title.

Returning to NLU in January 1976, he was also an assistant football coach, but gave up those duties in 1979 to devote all his time to baseball.

His wife Marilyn was a fixture at home games and loved to travel and cheer on Lou and his teams. The couple were married for 58 years before their passing in July 2020.

St. Amant also had his number retired by ULM baseball and was named the winner of the Warhawk Ambassador Award by the ULM Foundation in May 2022.

An official inauguration ceremony will take place at a later date.

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