Girouard Names Two Softball Assistants
DeFeo comes to LSU after serving for the past year at Louisiana-Lafayette as Girouard’s assistant. DeFeo went to Lafayette after serving one year as a graduate assistant at Southern Mississippi.
“James is one of the hardest working coaches that I have been around,” said Girouard.
DeFeo worked with the USM hitters that finished second in the nation in batting in 1999 and advanced to the Women’s College World Series. At Louisiana-Lafayette, he worked mostly with the hitters and handled such tasks as recruiting and game management.
“He is highly intelligent, self-motivated and is a constant student of the game. James possesses the one aspect all head coaches must have to succeed- loyalty from an assistant,” Girouard said.
Girouard looked to a former player, Osterberg. to fill her second coaching vacancy. She was a four- year starter at shortstop under Girouard at Lafayette from 1995-98. She was a member of two teams which advanced to the Women’s College World Series appearances. She finished her college career with a .336 batting average.
“Lori was a perfect example of a student athlete and the definition of a ‘coaches dream.’ No other athlete in the country worked harder during their four year career. Her two World Series appearances will be a guide for our LSU team.”
Osterberg served as a student assistant under Girouard in 1999 before graduating with a degree in secondary special education. She then went home to Iowa and coached softball, basketball and volleyball at North Scott High School.