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Reneau to be inducted into athletics hall of fame

January 29, 2015

 

JARED KING
Sports Editor 

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Louisiana Tech President Emeritus Daniel Reneau will become the newest member of the Tech Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday.

 

Prior to the men’s basketball contest against Conference USA opponent Marshall, Tech will honor Reneau as the 88th member of the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony that is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Waggoner Room of the Thomas Assembly Center. The ceremony is open to the public.

 

In 2013 the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame Committee voted to induct a five-member class every other year. The next five-member class will be inducted in the fall of this year. The committee also decided that in alternate years, either a team or a significant individual (non-athlete) would be inducted into the Tech Athletics Hall of Fame.

 

Current Tech President Les Guice said Reneau is more than deserving of this special honor.

 

“During his tenure as president, Dr. Reneau led one of the most transformative periods in the history of Tech athletics,” Guice said. “His vision and leadership helped position Tech to compete nationally while also providing our student-athletes with a first-rate education and college experience. The growth and success that (Tech’s) athletics programs have enjoyed over the past few years are rooted in the decisions that Reneau made on their behalf. I congratulate him on his induction into the Tech Athletics Hall of Fame and thank him for all he has done to elevate (Tech’s) programs and student-athletes.”

 

On Feb. 20, 1987, the Board of Trustees for State Colleges and Universities selected Reneau as the 13th president of Tech. He is the longest tenured president in the history of Tech, having served from 1987 to 2013.

 

Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland said Reneau’s commitment to athletics was fundamental for Tech’s advancement academically and athletically.

 

“Although I did not have the privilege of serving during Reneau’s tenure at Tech, I understand and appreciate the commitment his administration made towards the athletics department,” McClelland said. “It’s vital to the success of any athletic department the university president be as supportive as their resources allow. So many great things were accomplished in Tech athletics during Reneau’s time leading the university. This is a very deserving honor.”

 

During Reneau’s presidency, Tech made the move from the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as I-AA) to the Football Bowl Subdivision leading to more national exposure for the Bulldog football program. Tech also continued to make strides on the conference level, joining the American South (1987-1991), Sun Belt (1991-2001), Western Athletic (2001-2013) and ultimately Conference USA (July 1, 2013).

 

On the playing fields, Tech teams won 68 conference titles and made 42 postseason appearances, while the Lady Techster basketball team won the 1988 NCAA national title. Hundreds of Tech athletes won state, conference, regional and national honors both academically and athletically.

 

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