Yvette Girouard to be honored
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Retired LSU softball coach and National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Famer Yvette Girouard will be honored at the Southeastern Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament, March 1-4, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., as part of the 12th annual SEC Greats program.
“The SEC Greats program showcases the extraordinary talent these women have brought to athletics in the Southeastern Conference,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a news release. “These women set the precedent for the athletes you see today. It is an honor for us to acknowledge their contributions, both on and off the athletic field.”
A pioneer of softball, Girouard amassed 1,285 career victories, 526 of them coming at LSU, to rank second in the NCAA history. Her legacy is steeped in championship tradition as the four-time SEC Coach of the Year guided the Tigers to a pair of Women’s College World Series appearances (2001 and 2004), three SEC Regular Season championships (2001, 2002 and 2004) and four SEC Tournament titles (2001, 2002, 2004 and 2007).
Girouard coached nine different players to 14 All-American selections during her 11 seasons at LSU. The Broussard native played an instrumental role in the opening of the new Tiger Park, the single largest monetary investment LSU has made exclusively to any women’s sport.
Each honoree will be recognized during halftime of their teams’ first game of the tournament. All 12 individuals also will be honored as a group between games of the second session on March 2. The Greats then will participate in an autograph session on the concourse before game eight. Complimentary posters of the Greats will be available at the session.
The 2012 class includes: Kelly Kretschman, Alabama (softball); Sytia Messer, Arkansas (basketball); Laticia Morris, Auburn (basketball); Cassie Macia, Florida (basketball); Camille Lowe, Georgia (basketball); Valerie McGovern Young, Kentucky (track); Girouard, LSU (softball); Yolanda Moore, Ole Miss (basketball); Iyhia McMichael, Mississippi State (softball); Jocelyn Penn, South Carolina (basketball); Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee (basketball); and Carolyn Peck, Vanderbilt (basketball).