Lady Tigers Coach Nikki Caldwell
Wednesday, September 18th
Networking at 11:30am, Luncheon from 12pm-1pm
Juban's Creole Restaurant
LSU Women's Basketball Head Coach Nikki Caldwell returns in September, two years following her last visit with us, to discuss her success in marketing the Lady Tigers Basketball Program, and plans for the upcoming season.
Nikki Caldwell, who won national championships as both a player and an assistant coach at Tennessee and turned UCLA into a national power in just three years, has quickly brought LSU women's basketball back to national prominence.
Caldwell brings to LSU the combination of outstanding in-game coaching ability with that of being a tremendous recruiter. In addition, she has been a leader off the court in the Baton Rouge community, helping the Lady Tigers connect with the city of Baton Rouge while donating their time and efforts to making a difference.
"She's a star, she's a role model and she has the priorities of the young student-athletes in her heart and in her mind," said LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva. "She wants to make them better, not just as basketball players but as people, and that's what this is all about. She has been successful on every level and she has all the qualities to bring our program to national prominence. This is a great day for LSU and our women's basketball program."
Caldwell revived the LSU program from her opening press conference. A summer full of speaking engagements, building the fan base and connecting with her players led to a season where attendance increased by an average of over 1,500 fans from the previous season. LSU also signed a top-20 recruiting class as ranked by ESPN HoopGurlz.com.
After missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 13 years a season prior to her arrival, Caldwell spearheaded the squad to the 2012 NCAA Tournament second round and its first appearance in the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game since 2008. The Lady Tigers reached 23 wins - their highest total since the 2008 Final Four season - won 10 conference games for the first time since 2009 and claimed wins over five ranked teams during the season.
Caldwell, 41, was raised in Oak Ridge, Tenn., by her mother, Jean Caldwell. She and her fiancé Justin Fargas are the proud parents of a baby girl, Justice Simone Fargas, who was born on March 6, 2012.
Networking begins at 11:30am with the program starting at 12pm. Please confirm your attendance by Monday, September 16th.
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Women in Media - Baton Rouge
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