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Building programs, stacking up wins part of Girouard’s legacy

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Yvette Girouard led both Louisiana-Lafayette (left) and LSU (right) to three College World Series apperances each.

Editor’s note: This is another story in a series of articles featuring the 11 members of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame’s 2015 Induction Class.

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If there was ever a coach who built a program from the ground up, it was Yvette Girouard.
Literally.

And, shhhhh, don’t tell anyone. She had to steal the dirt for that ground.

“We didn’t have the budget for anything like that,” Girouard said of one of the many hurdles she had to leap while getting the UL Lafayette softball program going in 1980. “They (her players) borrowed my dad’s truck and stole sand from somewhere.”

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