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LSU–Shreveport Pilots

LSU Shreveport (LSUS) teams are known as the Pilots. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), competing in their second stint as a member of the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC).[1] The Pilots formerly competed in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) from 2003-2010. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country and soccer. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer and tennis. The LSUS Athletic program has produced many championship teams collecting nine regular season conference titles, 16 conference tournament championships, and competed in 31 NAIA National Tournaments.

LSU–Shreveport Pilots
UniversityLouisiana State University Shreveport
ConferenceRed River Athletic Conference
NAIADivision I
LocationShreveport, Louisiana
Varsity teams9
Basketball arenaHealth and Physical Education Building
Baseball stadiumPilot Field
Soccer stadiumThe Swamp
MascotThe River Monster
NicknamePilots
Websitewww.lsusathletics.com

Sports sponsoredEdit

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Cross country Soccer
Soccer Tennis

BaseballEdit

The LSU Shreveport Pilot baseball team competes in NAIA Division I.[2][3] The team held the nation's no. 1 ranking during their record year with a 54-6 record in 2012. The Pilots have been to the Avista-NAIA World series three times under former head coach Rocke Musgraves (2000-2013). Musgraves led the Pilots to a fourth-place finish (2011) and a pair of third-place finishes (2003 & 2012).

  • Conference Regular Season Titles: 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014
  • Conference Tournament Titles: 1997, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • NAIA Opening Round Appearances (Regional Tournaments): 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • NAIA Opening Round Titles: 2011, 2012
  • Avista-NAIA World Series Appearances: 2003, 2011, 2012

The program has had multiple players sign professional contracts and drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft, including three taken in the 2010 MLB Draft.[4]

BasketballEdit

Men'sEdit

The Louisiana State University Shreveport Pilots men's basketball team competes in NAIA Division I.[5][6] It has become one the top teams in the NAIA since the program was re-instated in 2003. The Pilots have won four regular season titles, seven of the last eight conference tournaments and an even more impressive nine consecutive trips to the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City. The Pilots have been to the elite eight twice and the Fab Four once.

  • Conference Regular Season Titles: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014
  • Conference Tournament Titles: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • NAIA National Tournament Appearances: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • NAIA Fab Four Appearances: 2013
  • NAIA Elite Eight Appearances: 2012, 2013

Women'sEdit

The Louisiana State University Shreveport Pilots women's basketball team competes in NAIA Division I.[7] Head coach Curtis Lloyd led the women's basketball team to their first RRAC Tournament Championship in his only season at the helm. National Championship Coach, Matt Cross, took over following Lloyd’s departure for the 2017-18 season.

  • Conference Tournament Titles: 2017
  • Conference Tournament Appearances : 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • NAIA National Tournament Appearances: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017

Cross CountryEdit

The LSUS men's and women's cross country teams compete in NAIA Division I.

SoccerEdit

The LSUS men's and women's soccer teams compete in NAIA Division I.[8] The soccer program at LSUS began in 1992 with Norm Dolch as the head coach for the men's team. By 2005, women's soccer came on board under the direction of Coach Jed Jones. In 2013, the program was cut due to budget constraints enacted by the state. Both the men's and women's programs were reinstated 2017.

Men'sEdit

Men's Soccer: Head Coach Phillip Bohn

  • Conference Tournament Appearances: 2009, 2010, 2012

Women'sEdit

Women's Soccer: Head Coach Ashley Holland

  • Conference Regular Season Championship: 2006
  • Regional Tournament Qualifiers: 2005, 2007

Women's tennisEdit

The LSUS women's tennis team competes in the NAIA as an Independent.

Athletic facilitiesEdit

Health and Physical Education Building
The Health and Physical Education Building on the campus of LSUS includes The Dock, a 1,000-seat gymnasium and home to the LSUS men's and women's basketball teams. The gymnasium is also used for high school basketball games, gymnastics meets and weightlifting competitions. The Health and Physical Education Building also includes the USA Weightlifting High Performance and Development Center which is home to the LSUS weightlifting team, the LSUS Natatorium that houses a six lane lap pool, five racquetball courts and an indoor track. Located adjacent to the building and part of the complex are eight tennis courts.[9]

Pilot Field
Pilot Field is a baseball stadium located on the campus of LSUS. It is home to the LSUS baseball team. It opened on February 17, 1994 and includes an indoor hitting facility, locker room, meeting room and coaches offices.[9]

The Swamp
The Swamp located on the campus of LSUS is the home of the men's and women's soccer teams. The facility includes a locker room for the teams.[9]

Non-varsity sportsEdit

Bass FishingEdit

The bass fishing team at LSUS started in 2008, and it competes in the Collegiate Bass Fishing Association with its first competition at Lake Lewisville in Texas.

  • 2nd Place in the 2011 National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championships
  • 2nd place in the 2016 Association of Collegiate Anglers Nationals
  • 2nd place in the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster Wildcard Collegiate Tournament
  • 5th place in the 2016 Bass Collegiate National Championship
  • 1st place in the 2017 Yeti College Tournament

WeightliftingEdit

The weightlifting team at LSUS uses the USA Weightlifting Center for High Performance and Development, commissioned by the U.S. Olympic Committee on February 4, 1998, located in the Health and Physical Education building. The program is under the direction of Dr. Kyle Pierce, an associate professor of kinesiology at LSUS.

Notable team members are:

  • Dawn List - set three Women's National Collegiate records for her weight class in 1991.
  • Derrick Johnson - recipient of three junior national weightlifting records in 2004.
  • Kendrick Farris - represented the U.S. in 2008, 2012, and 2016 at the Summer Olympics.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "LSU Shreveport". redriverconference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  2. ^ "Baseball". lsusathletics.com. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  3. ^ "Walk-Off sparks series win for LSUS Pilots". kswo.com. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  4. ^ "LSUS, Centenary pitchers taken in MLB draft". indystar.com. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  5. ^ "LSU Shreveport Pilots men's basketball". espn.com. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  6. ^ "LSUS Pilots knock off NAIA's No. 1 team, again". shreveporttimes.com. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  7. ^ "LSUS W - Basketball". lsusathletics.com. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  8. ^ "Men's soccer". redriverconference.com. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  9. ^ a b c "Athletic Facilities". lsus.sidhelp.com. Retrieved 2018-02-27.

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