News release
Public Information Office    SLU 10880    Hammond, LA 70402    phone: 985-549-2341    fax: 985-549-2061

Contact: Rene Abadie
Date: 8/20/02
      HAMMOND – Three new Southeastern Louisiana University head coaches and their assistants will be introduced to the area community at a reception honoring the university’s entire coaching staff on Monday, August 26.
      The reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Murphy’s Seafood Restaurant, 1700 N. Morrison Blvd. in Hammond. Parking will be available in the Bill Hood Automotive lot next door.
      The new head coaches who have joined the university in recent months are Lori Davis-Jones, women’s basketball; Hal Mumme, football; and Dan Canevari, baseball. Davis-Jones and Canevari are taking over established programs, while Mumme has been charged with returning football to Southeastern in the 2003 season.
      Assistant coaches recently added to the staff include Brent Harris and Eric Dumas with women’s basketball and Woody Widenhofer with football.
      “We want to give the community the opportunity to personally meet these individuals who are bringing renewed athletic spirit and enthusiasm to this region,” said Philip Graziano of Murphy’s Seafood, which is sponsoring the event. “This is our way of showing support for the Southeastern athletic program and to encourage others in the region to back Lions’ athletics.”
      “Southeastern appreciates the generosity of the Graziano family in sponsoring this event,” said university President Randy Moffett. “Their support represents the kind of spirit we are generating throughout the region for our athletic program.”
      Last year Southeastern embarked on a $5 million campaign to enhance its athletic program. The ongoing campaign, which has raised more than $5.2 million, is focused on improving athletic facilities, addressing gender equity issues, and reinstating a football program on the campus. Earlier this year, the university announced it successfully attained its goal and that a football program would be launched without the use of state funds.
     Southeastern's athletic program competes at the Division I level of the NCAA and as a member of the Southland Athletic Conference. Approximately 200 student athletes compete in 15 varsity sports, including eight women's teams and seven men's teams.

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