The names ring like a Who's Who in the National Football League: Terry Bradshaw, Pat Tilley, Roger Carr, Mike Barber, Fred Dean, Matt Stover, Willie Roaf, Doug Evans, Tim Rattay, and Troy Edwards. They are just a few of many great players who have donned a Louisiana Tech Bulldog uniform over the past century, and their accomplishments at Tech are even more impressive. Starting with its very first game in 1901, Louisiana Tech has become a household name in collegiate football circles. And over the years Louisiana Tech has produced numerous conference titles, numerous All-American honors, numerous professional players and two national championship titles. This year's players and coaches should only add to an already impressive resume. Although so much emphasis is placed on the present, with 106 seasons of Tech football in the record books, it's important to remember so many great memories, so many great players and so many great coaches that have already made Tech's history on the gridiron successful. From the very first team to last season's squad, Tech football can be described in three words:
As Louisiana Tech roars deeper into the new millennium, the Bulldog basketball program can look back to its humble beginnings, to the successes of today and the many memories in between. The Louisiana Tech Bulldog basketball team won its first game in 1925 and collected the school's 1,000th victory during the 2000-01 season. Tech has gathered 18 20-win seasons, 19 conference championships, six NCAA appearances and six NIT appearances. The program has produced 735 all-conference players, nine conference Players of the Year and 15 conference Coaches of the Year. Success hasn't been easy for Louisiana Tech, but the coaches and the players that helped build the Bulldog program know that the hard work has been well worth the effort. The Bulldog basketball team knows it will keep alive Louisiana Tech's biggest tradition, SUCCESS!
Since the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters basketball program began, the team has been a force to reckon with. Throughout Lady Techsters' history they have seen and done it all. Never to be the ones to take the easy road, over the years the Lady Techsters have played difficult schedules that would scare most women's college basketball programs. The team has seen action against such powerhouses as LSU, Tennessee, Connecticut, and North Carolina. Names like these haven't intimidated or stopped them from doing what they do best, and that is working to be #1. All of this began back in 1973. Since then who would have ever expected the Lady Techsters to be one of the most well known and respected teams in women's college basketball history. And why not? Just by looking at all the program has done over the years they deserve such respect. This program has 33 straight winning seasons, 28 seasons of 20 or more wins, 18 WNBA players, 17 seasons of 30 or more wins. These are just some of the feats they have accomplished. There are more that weren't named because a fan would be reading the numbers all day. The tournament success is unbelievable; 28 national postseason tournaments, 13 Final Fours, 8 national championship games, and won 3 national titles. But one achievement the program has earned that needs to be mentioned is the Lady Techsters are all time ranked #1 in the game for winning percentage (916-167). The program is also recognized for producing the third most players of any women's college basketball to the WNBA. What can be said? The numbers speak for themselves. Looking at this program's past and present it is impossible to predict its future, but one thing is certain, no matter what happens these women will continue to excel at what they do and keep the fans coming back for more.
Lady Techsters in the pros
Baseball is an American pastime that has a long tradition of exciting and thrilling those who spectate the sport. This long standing tradition continues at Louisiana Tech University. Louisiana Tech baseball fans have come to love and support this sport. Unknown to some, the Tech baseball team has a rich history that is filled with a number of accomplishments. A majority of this is due in part to the late Pat "Gravy" Patterson, the long time coach of Louisiana Tech baseball. Pat is considered the most successful coach in the history of college baseball in the state of Louisiana. During his time at Tech he compiled a record of 741-462-2. He coached eighteen winning seasons in twenty-three years, and his teams won forty or more games in five of those years. Patterson was also voted Conference Coach of the Year seven times. Under his guidance a number of his players were able to play in Major League Baseball. These players include Mike Jeffcoat, Phil Hiatt, Claude Linton, and David Segui. The Louisiana Tech baseball team has been privileged to be a member of various conferences which include the Gulf States Conference, Southland Conference, American South Conference, Sun Belt Conference, and the Western Athletic Conference. The place where the team performs its magic is The J.C. Love Field. Crowds up to 3,251 have come to watch the team play in a facility that holds 3,500. The team has amassed a 616-348-1 home run record since the stadium was opened in 1971. Louisiana Tech baseball has a number of milestones and records to be proud of. The milestones range from win #1 on April 26, 1971 against McNeese State to win #500 on March 17, 1998 against Northwest State. Some of the records include most hits in a game (32) against Arkansas-Monticello, most home runs in a game (6) on April 23, 2001, most wins in a season (30) in 1988, and most consecutive wins (21) February 27-March 19, 1988. The road to success has not been a smooth one for Louisiana Tech baseball program, but with Coach Wade Simoneaux guiding this team there is no telling how far they will go.