Head Coach, University of Louisiana
The steady rise to the top has continued every year since head volleyball coach Heather Mazeitis-Fontenot arrived at the University of Louisiana in January 2008.
Mazeitis-Fontenot’s first campaign saw the squad double its win total from the previous season. In 2009, the Cajuns recorded their best win total since 2002. In 2010, UL notched 17 victories for the first time in a decade and qualified for the Sun Belt Tournament for the first time since 2002.
In 2012, Mazeitis-Fontenot became the first Cajuns coach to lead the team to multiple SBC Tournaments since Chris Campbell made three straight trips from 1999-2001.
Most recently, she led the Ragin’ Cajuns to a 19-14 record in 2013, the program’s highest win total since 1997 and the highest win percentage since the 1990 season.
The 2014 season featured the program’s first 20-win season (20-13 record) since 1990 and an appearance in the Sun Belt Tournament for the third straight year.
The 2014 wins total marked the fourth consecutive season with 10 or more victories. It’s the first time since 1999-2002 that the Ragin’ Cajuns achieved the same feat.
Under her direction Louisiana has improved its win total in three consecutive seasons twice, first from 2008-10 and once again from 2012-14.
She enters the 2015 season nine wins shy of reaching second place on the program’s victories list. Her 103 wins have her chasing Sherry LeBas (111) for second, then Wilo Colon (136) for the lead.
The increase in winning matches, plus a significant increase in attendance - which includes a higher student turnout - are two elements that have become the groundwork for the foundation of a successful program Mazeitis-Fontenot envisioned when she took the reigns of the program.
Mazeitis-Fontenot has also made an impact off the court. She oversaw the renovation of the Cajuns’ locker room and has increased the team’s presence in the community by offering volleyball camps throughout the entire summer months.
The Ragin’ Cajuns have also been successful in the classroom. The team received the AVCA Team Academic Award in 2013. The Ragin’ Cajuns earned the award by maintaining a 3.30 cumulative grade point average during the 2012-13 academic year.
The Cajuns qualified for the AVCA Team Academic Award for a second straight season following the 2013-14 academic year by combining to post a 3.421 GPA during the fall and a 3.226 effort during the spring.
Mazeitis-Fontenot became the 12th head volleyball coach in Ragin’ Cajuns history when she assumed her current duties on January 1, 2008.
“I am truly excited over the possibilities that exist at the University of Louisiana and its volleyball program,” stated Mazeitis-Fontenot when she was appointed head coach. “I believe that UL volleyball can be a tremendous program in the future.
“While I admit to being proud of progress on the court - where my teams are known for technical soundness and strong will - I am most proud that I was and will always build a program within the context of an educational and ethical framework.”
No stranger to Louisiana, Mazeitis-Fontenot spent seven seasons at the helm at Louisiana Tech from 2001-07. She coached several Techsters into the record books.
When Mazeitis-Fontenot arrived in Ruston in 2000, the program had averaged just 11 wins per season in the four previous seasons. She led Tech to a combined 53 victories in her first three seasons, an average of nearly 18 wins per season.
There were many highlights for Tech under Mazeitis-Fontenot, but the most impressive came in 2002 when the Lady Techsters posted an 11-win improvement over the previous season, tied for the seventh biggest turnaround in the NCAA.
While at Louisiana Tech, Mazeitis-Fontenot coached five All-WAC performers and 22 Academic All-WAC honorees.
In 2005, she was one of just 35 female coaches to be invited to attend the NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy, which took place that June in Atlanta.
Prior to her time at Tech, Mazeitis-Fontenot led a successful junior college volleyball program at Kansas City (Kan.) Community College. She spent five seasons there as head coach.
The winningest coach in KCKCC history (single season and career), Mazeitis-Fontenot compiled a 155-110 record. Her squad was featured in the NJCAA Division I Top 20 Volleyball national rankings each of her final two seasons.
During her tenure at KCKCC, she coached 20 All-Conference athletes, nine all-region athletes and one All-American. Over 80 percent of her players earned Academic honors en-route to graduating and transferring to finish their careers at four-year programs.
In addition to coaching collegiate volleyball, Mazeitis-Fontenot was also involved in USA junior club volleyball in the Heart of America Region. She led her Team KC 16-and-under club to the USA Volleyball junior nationals and a seventh place finish in the 2000 club season.
Mazeitis-Fontenot earned a degree in business administration in 1992 from Central Oklahoma where she played middle blocker.
Prior to Central Oklahoma, she had a one-year stint at Emporia State before transferring to Fort Scott Community College where she was the only three-sport athlete in school history, playing volleyball, basketball and softball. She was later inducted into the Fort Scott Community College Hall of Fame.
Mazeitis-Fontenot graduated from Immaculata Catholic High School in Leavenworth, Kan., in 1988 and earned all-state honors in volleyball and basketball.
In May 2009, she married Tim Fontenot of nearby Mamou.