After a lengthy search, Cook has filled the void, naming former Teurlings and UL-Lafayette standout Megan Granger as Delahoussaye’s successor.
“For the last several summers, Megan has coached some of the girls that are on our team so she’s kind of a familiar face to some of our players and parents,” said Cook of Granger, who recently completed her final season with the Lady Cajuns. “Everyone I spoke to before I made the hire had positive things to say about her. That was a plus.
“And (UL-Lafayette) coach Michael Lotief, who I’ve known for a long time, was really high on her as a person and someone that knows the game.
“It just seems like there were a lot of positive things that lined up on her side and made it easy on us to go ahead and offer her the job.”
Granger, who is from St. Martinville, takes over a program that has established itself as a perennial power in Class 3A over the years. The Lady Pios have advanced to the Fast Pitch 56 State Tournament four of the last five seasons and have two state titles to their name - 2004 and 2010.
“We lost by a run (in the quarterfinals) last year in a game that we had a chance to win against the eventual state champs,” said Cook. “We only lose two players off that team and our pitching is back for two more years.
“The girls deserve someone that can come in there and keep them going in the right direction and we hope that she (Granger) will be the one to do that. We feel good about it and she is excited about it.”
Granger, who spot played at first base for the Lady Cajuns in 2012, knows the history of Notre Dame softball and is ready to hit the ground running when school starts this week.
“I’m very excited,” said Granger, who coached some of the returnees this summer as the skipper of the Louisiana Impressions, a summer travel team. “I had the opportunity to work with some of the girls this summer and we have a lot of work ahead of us. Hopefully we can all come together and find a way to stay at the top.”
Granger is no stranger to success. She has played for the nationally-ranked Lady Cajuns for three years after transferring from Louisiana Tech following the 2008 season. She was also a four-year starter at Teurlings during her prep days, earning All-State honors her junior and senior seasons. While at Teurlings, she helped lead the Lady Rebels to the 2007 Class 3A state title.
In 2006, Granger and the Lady Rebels defeated Notre Dame, 5-0, in the second round of the playoffs en route to a Class 3A state runnerup finish.
“I played against Notre Dame when I was at Teurlings so I knew coming in that this was a respectable program,” said Granger. “It reminds me a lot of Teurlings. They have high standards here and I look forward to this opportunity.”
Although this will be Granger’s first high school head coaching job, she really isn’t concerned about any jitters that typically come with someone in that position.
“As far as softball goes, I think it’s like an everyday thing for me,” said Granger, who will also assist coach Tara Young during the volleyball season. “I love sports and I’ve been coaching during the summer for a while so I’m not nervous about that.”
Granger played in 12 games as a freshman at Louisiana Tech before taking a redshirt her first season at ULL. During her sophomore campaign, first as a Lady Cajun, she played in 34 games, mostly as a defensive substitute at first base.
She became a starter during her junior season and had a career weekend at the Citrus Classic, going 8-for-16 with three extra base hits and five RBI. She hit a double and a triple in the same inning in a game against Virginia and went 4-for-4 against Long Island . Another highlight of her junior season was when she made a diving stop in the hole between shortstop and third base in the seventh inning to save Ashley Brignac’s no-hitter against McNeese State .
This past season, Granger played in 41 games and started 25. She hit .279 with two doubles, one triple, two home runs and 12 RBI in 43 plate appearances.
Granger is the daughter of Percy and Renee Granger and has one brother, Brandon, and a twin sister, Mandy, that played collegiately at Nicholls State.