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Reneau inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame

February 5, 2015
Former Tech president Dan Reneau (center) receives the plaque signifying his induction into Louisiana Tech’s Athletics Hall of Fame–Photo by Brian Blakely

Former Tech president Dan Reneau (center) receives the plaque signifying his induction into Louisiana Tech’s Athletics Hall of Fame–Photo by Brian Blakely

 

WILL TRAHAN
Staff Reporter 

 

Reneau, Tech’s longest serving president in university history, was inducted into the University’s Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday.

 

In 1987, Daniel Reneau took over as the 13th president of Louisiana Tech University.

 

He would go on to serve as president until 2013 when Les Guice succeeded him. “During his tenure as president, Dr. Reneau led one of the most transformative periods in the history of Louisiana Tech Athletics,” said Guice of Reneau during his induction ceremony.

 

Guice said it was Reneau’s vision and leadership that helped position Tech to compete nationally.

 

“The growth and success that our athletics programs have enjoyed over the past few years are rooted in the decisions that Dr. Reneau made on their behalf,” Guice said.

 

Reneau said his induction was both an honor and a humbling experience.

 

“It is a great honor and I am very proud to be associated with those who have already been inducted,” Reneau said. “I feel like there are others far more worthy than I, but I am very honored and pleased to be inducted into it.”

 

uring Reneau’s tenure, he changed the landscape of Tech athletics a great deal.

 

Tech moved from competing as a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as I-AA) school to a Football Bowl Subdivision school under the leadership of Reneau, which helped earn the university more exposure.

 

“Moving into I-A was not only about moving up, but also building a I-A athletics program along with building a I-A academic program,” Reneau said.

 

Reneau said he is pleased with the people who have fought so hard to get Tech where it is today.

 

Reneau also helped the athletics program stay on course through multiple conference changes.

 

“It was not easy and it was a lot of people working together, but it was absolutely essential if we were going to be successful,” Reneau said. “The entire goal was to get into a conference that (Tech) could be competitive in and nationally respected in. Conference USA was the goal and finally we achieved that goal.”

 

There were many moments during Reneau’s tenure that are memorable for him in Tech athletics.

 

“The two great football wins against Alabama, especially the dramatic fashion the last one was won in,” Reneau said of some of Tech’s biggest moments. “And winning the national championship with the Lady Techsters, and how successful the track team was were some of my favorites, but there were many.”

 

Reneau said he is a Bulldog through and through, from graduating from Tech as a student to advancing school athletics to where they are today.

 

“I think we are very fortunate to be where we are and to have the types of coaches come through Tech that we have,” Reneau said. “I could not be more pleased with the direction that Tech athletics are moving.”

 

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