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Tales from Tech and Tails

May 16, 2014
Dr. Les Guice, president of Louisiana Tech, addressed more than 1,000 alumni at the Bossier City Civic Center on Friday. – Photo by Tom Morris

Dr. Les Guice, president of Louisiana Tech, addressed more than 1,000 alumni at the Bossier City Civic Center on Friday. – Photo by Tom Morris

 

JARED KING
Staff Reporter

More than 1,000 Louisiana Tech alumni gathered to celebrate the seventh annual Tech and Tails crawfish boil Friday night at the Bossier City Civic Center.

Tech and Tails is an alumni event held by the Northwest Louisiana Tech Advancement Group, which provides alumni a chance to visit with other alumni while also hearing from Tech administration and coaches. President Les Guice headlined this year’s speakers. Athletics director Tommy McClelland, head football coach Skip Holtz, head men’s basketball coach Michael White and Lady Techsters head coach Tyler Summitt also spoke.
TAG President James Ginn said the event has grown each year, but this year’s event was the biggest they’ve seen in its seven-year history.

“Tech and Tails has grown each year, but there is no doubt it was by far a record crowd this past Friday night,” Ginn said. “We always intended this to be a fun event and one that wasn’t just a time to hear from the administration and coaches but also one at which alumni and supporters could talk with them one-on-one and with each other.”

McClelland said the event is a way for alumni to get to know the administration and the coaches in a casual atmosphere.

“Tech and Tails is one of the most unique events we do throughout the year because we get a chance to roll up our sleeves and dive into some crawfish,” McClelland said jokingly. “Being able to spend time with fellow Tech friends and family, people that you care about and have the same mission as we do, which is to see Louisiana Tech improve and move forward in athletics and academically, is great and we are glad we get an opportunity as an athletic department to share our vision.”

Ginn said the event was established to bring Tech alumni closer to one another, as well as closer to the administration.

“It’s a simple event,” Ginn said. “It’s also a great example of how local alumni can and should work together with their university to bring people together.”

And nothing brings people together in Louisiana like crawfish. More than 2,000 pounds of crawfish was boiled to feed this year’s crowd, and while they weren’t eating, the audience was allowed to ask McClelland and the coaches questions about the state of their respective athletic programs. A popular question was the state of the south end zone project.

“We haven’t officially broke ground but we are doing all of the prep work right now,” McClelland said. “We do expect to see dirt being excavated soon and we are on schedule. That’s all I care about: the budget and the schedule.”
This was the first time new Lady Techsters head coach Tyler Summitt had the opportunity to appear in the Shreveport-Bossier area and his first chance to visit with alumni since his hiring in March.

“I’m excited to see the fans and I think there has been a very positive response overall for the Lady Techster program and we need the fans,” Summitt said. “We need everyone to come out and support us. We want to get back to where we were, which is a championship culture and doing things the right way.”

Email comments to jki008@latech.edu.

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