Matt Gallier is congratulated by his teammates after hitting a two-run home run. (Rick Hickman / American Press Archives)
Last Modified: Monday, April 14, 2014 11:47 AM
It has been a pretty busy week for McNeese State athletics.
The south part of campus, which is home to the majority of playing fields, has been buzzing.
The baseball team hosted the nation’s top-ranked squad in Louisiana-Lafayette before the fourth-largest crowd in Cowboy Diamond history.
Put on a good show for seven innings as well.
The softball team finally achieved a two-year goal and upset state power LSU in Baton Rouge.
Track hosted a big event Saturday and even football got into the spring of things by playing its annual end-of-camp game/scrimmage.
But not all the action was on the field. Some of it went mostly unnoticed and inside a building.
Long term, what took place on a computer somewhere on campus might do just as much good selling the school’s athletics to a younger generation as any of those events.
If nothing else, it does give the athletic department something to be proud of.
McNeese unveiled its new athletic website on Thursday.
Unveiled might not be the right term for the Internet. We will try uploaded? Downloaded?
Maybe revealed works.
Anyway, the school’s athletic supporters have a new place to showcase and learn about their jocks.
Student-athletes, if you prefer, but that was an easy one all teed up for me.
The site is pretty nice, too.
Not that the old site was bad. It was informative and had all the parts working, something you don’t always find when you go surfing the web. It was just old.
When it comes to college sites many are hit or miss.
Your surfing can be smooth or you can be wiped out by a tidal wave of parts that send your computer into that circling world where the clock at the top right just goes round and round.
We have all been there.
Well, congratulations to the McNeese staff for coming up with something clean and simple for us not-so-computer smart folks.
The new McNeese site is, to put it best, viewer friendly, or for those more willing to try things, user friendly.
Best part of it is it’s simple to use for everybody.
“That is what we were going for,” said Danielle Mayeaux, assistant ad/marketing, ticketing and game operations.
None of that long title says anything about computers, but it was her Sports Information Director Matthew Bonnette credits most with the new site.
“We wanted to create a place where every one of our fans could get to where they wanted to go in no more than two clicks,” Mayeaux said. “We wanted to take all the bugs out of the old site.”
This does seem to have one-click shopping, even for those looking to buy a hat from the online store.
A little cross marketing never hurt anybody, or any website, that’s for sure.
What makes this new site so nice, beside the easy use, is that the colors which seem to pop out at you.
When compared to the old site it’s like this new one is in high definition.
“We really wanted to have a nice site for our pictures,” Mayeaux said.
It is also a way for McNeese to introduce itself to a younger market.
“We hopes this can bring in some new fans,” Mayeaux said. “This will help us start to get the younger generation interested in McNeese.”
This is all part of the school trying to find its place in the changing landscape of college athletics, and an ever-changing community.
However, what most will care about is it looks nice and is easy to use.
A simple success.
Jim Gazzolo is managing sports editor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org