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Class of 2005
University of Louisiana at Lafayette: 1981 - 2000
A pioneer of the game and one of the most successful coaches in NCAA Division I college softball history, Yvette Girouard retired from Louisiana State University at the end of the 2011 season with a 1,285-421-1 career record.
She left coaching with 30 consecutive winning seasons, nine conference championships and 10 national top 10 finishes, while leading teams to NCAA regionals 20 times and the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) five times. She became just the third coach in NCAA history to steer two programs to the WCWS when she guided LSU during the 2001 and 2004 seasons and the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) to a trio of WCWS appearances in the 1990's. Her highest finishes were third place in the 1993, 2001 and 2004 national championships.
In her two decades as the UL-Lafayette head coach (1981 to 2000), Girouard built the team from the ground floor with no scholarships and a $3,000 budget to one of the nation's perennial powers. The Cajuns totaled 10 NCAA regional berths and three WCWS trips. With a .815 winning percentage, her teams posted the third-best winning percentage nationally in the 1990's behind only Arizona and UCLA.
At LSU, Girouard's legacy continued to grow as she compiled a 526-171-1 record from 2001 through 2011 for a .754 winning percentage in the ever-improving SEC.
Girouard, an NFCA 2005 Hall of Fame inductee, is also a member of the Louisiana Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. She’s the daughter of the late Rose Mary and Alton Girouard, and was born in Broussard, La. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana-Lafayette in 1976 in health and physical education. During her college days, she played on the Lady Cajun volleyball team and was named the school's 1976 Female Athlete of the Year.
Following college, Girouard served as head coach at Lafayette High School where she began the softball program in 1977. She moved to a softball coaching position at her alma mater, Comeaux High School, in 1980 before beginning the USL softball program the following season.
Girouard was involved in NFCA committee work and served several terms on the NFCA All-American and Coaching Staff of the Year Committee. In addition, she served on the NCAA Softball Rules Committee and on several regional ranking committees.
Since her retirement, she has received numerous accolades including a resolution by the Louisiana State legislature for her “extraordinary coaching career” and an award from the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame as Louisiana’s Most Outstanding College Coach. In addition, she worked as a studio analyst for ESPN softball championship coverage in 2011.