Rolfe McCollister, in his new column, asks several LSU coaches what they think about Joe Alleva, the former LSU athletic director who recently stepped down.
The Business Report publisher and former member of the LSU Board of Supervisors writes he enjoyed getting to know Joe and Annie Alleva, and that Alleva has “handled his recent transition professionally and with class.”
“The 11 years Annie and I have been here in Baton Rouge have been some of the best in our lives,” said Alleva when he stepped down in April. “We have made lifelong friends and memories in Louisiana. This is truly a special place. It’s been an honor to serve LSU.”
McCollister contacted five LSU coaches, whose responses, he writes, speak volumes and carry much more weight about the job Alleva did than the noise online or from the LSU board. Here’s a sample:
“On the first day Joe Alleva was on campus he recognized the need to upgrade existing, repair old, and build new facilities if LSU was going to compete in the SEC and the nation. His commitment to all sports permeates throughout the entire athletic department. His commitment to Olympic and women’s sports at LSU is best exemplified through the LSU Gymnastics Training Center and the success of LSU’s gymnastics team. Joe was committed to giving coaches and student-athletes the tools they needed to succeed. I will personally be forever grateful for all Joe has done to make LSU athletics what it is today.”
—D-D Breaux, gymnastics coach, in her 41st year at LSU
He concludes with a list of accomplishments in the LSU athletic department before writing, “As Alleva concludes his tenure as LSU athletic director, he hands the ball to Baton Rouge native Scott Woodward, who inherits an accomplished and financially-sound department. Woodward has been a friend for more than 30 years, since Buddy Roemer became governor. He is a good guy, an LSU Tiger—and I wish him much success.”