“We’re dedicated to keeping him here long term. He’s very deserving of this agreement.” Under Landreneau, the Cowgirl program appeared in a major national poll for the first time in school history at the start of the 2018 season when they ranked 24th in the USA Today/NFCA poll and 23rd in the Fastpitch News Top 25. LAKE CHARLES, La. – McNeese Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill, on Friday, announced the signing of a new three-year contract for Cowgirl softball coach James Landreneau. “I am grateful for all the players and coaches that have come through and contributed to the success of our team. Our goal will continue to be to prepare our student-athletes for life after sports as well as building a program that our McNeese community can be proud of.” Also that year, the Cowgirls defeated the eventual national champion in Florida State, ranked No. 9 at the time, as well as getting wins over nationally ranked Tulsa and then Baylor in the opening game of the NCAA College Station Regional. Landreneau recently completed his third season at the helm and has compiled a 117-71 overall record and 61-20 Southland Conference mark. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. “I am humbled and honored by the support our University and community has shown towards our softball program,” said Landreneau. “I’m excited to be able to lead this program for another three years and for the commitment the University and supporters have for our softball program along with the stability they are seeking to continue to grow. “Coach Landreneau has continued the winning tradition of the Cowgirl softball team and has also done a tremendous job with the team in the classroom and in the community,” said Hemphill. He led the Cowgirls to the 2017 conference regular season and tournament championship, the 2018 SLC tourney title, and three straight postseason appearances – two NCAA Tournaments (2017 and 2018) and the NISC tournament this past season. In his three seasons as head coach, Landreneau has coached 17 all-conference, seven all-Louisiana, four all-region, and three all-American selections.
in Daily Dose, Featured, News The HUD/Census Bureau residential construction report for July 2016 brought good news as far as housing starts, which exceeded expectations.July may have seen an uptick in the number of new single-family homes being built—but these houses appear to be getting smaller, according to the Census Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design report for Q2.The Census report, combined with analysis from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), found that the median average square floor area declined from 2,465 square feet to 2,392 square feet from Q1 to Q2 and the average size of a newly constructed single-family home fell from 2,658 to 2,616 square feet for the same period.“This change marks a reversal of the trend that had been in place as builders focused on the higher end of the market during the recovery,” said Robert Dietz, NAHB Chief Economist. “As the entry-level market expands, including growth for townhouses, typical new home size is expected to trend lower.”Since cycle lows and on a less-volatile one-year moving average basis, the average new single-family home size has risen to 2,659 square feet (more than an 11 percent increase) and the median size has spiked to 2,435 square feet (an increase of 16 percent), according to Dietz.Why those increases from cycle lows if the median size and average size declined from Q1 to Q2 in 2016? According to Dietz, the post-recession increase is consistent with historical patterns following a recession. The pattern has been for the size of new homes to decline before and in the middle of a recession while homebuyers’ budgets get smaller; then the size of single-family homes rises as more high-end buyers (who do not face the same budget constraints) return to the housing market in large numbers.“This pattern was exacerbated during the current business cycle due to market weakness among first-time homebuyers,” Dietz said. “But the recent small declines in size indicate that this part of the cycle has ended and size should trend lower as builders add more entry-level homes into inventory.” New Single-Family Homes are Getting Smaller August 17, 2016 622 Views Single-Family Home Size 2016-08-17 Seth Welborn Share