A new era in Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics began on Feb. 1, 2017, when Dr. Bryan Maggard was introduced as Director of Athletics. In his more than four years leading the Ragin’ Cajuns, Maggard has brought new excitement to the Louisiana fan base while continuing to build on one of college athletics’ most unique brands.
Leading the charge in continuing to strongly support the department’s more than 400 student-athletes, Maggard and his administration launched a three-year initiative in October 2019 – the “Let’s Geaux” strategic plan. The three-year plan features three overall priorities: student-athlete experience, fiscal and facility management and cULture. All three facets of the plan are points of emphasis for Maggard as he aims for all Ragin’ Cajuns student-athletes to compete for and win championships.
That level of success is a goal not only in competition, but in the classroom, as well. The Ragin’ Cajuns set records in academics during the 2020 school year, with the student-athlete population’s 3.358 cumulative grade point average during the Fall 2020 semester setting a school record. Eighty percent of all student-athletes earned a 3.0 GPA or above this past fall.
Notably occurring during Maggard’s tenure has been the rise of Ragin’ Cajuns Football under the leadership of head coach Billy Napier. The gridiron group has represented Cajun Nation well, posting a 21-4 record over the past two seasons and finishing the 2020 season ranked 15th nationally. Napier has helped the Ragin’ Cajuns claim the Sun Belt Conference West Division and a bowl berth in all three of his seasons at the helm.
Maggard, a native of Dexter, Kansas, joined the Ragin’ Cajuns after spending 21 years at the University of Missouri. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in health and physical education, both from Kansas State University. He received a Ph.D. in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri. He and his wife, Kerry, are proud parents of three children, Dalton, Aubrey, and Kaylin.