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For Immediate Release - April 24, 2021


BATON ROUGE – Nikki Fargas, the second-winningest coach in LSU women’s basketball history, has stepped down as head coach of the Tigers to pursue another opportunity, the school announced on Saturday.

In 10 years as head coach of the Tigers, Fargas guided LSU to five 20-win seasons and six NCAA Tournament appearances. LSU would have made a seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in 2019-20 had the season not been cut short due to COVID-19.

Fargas’ career mark at LSU stands at 177-129, ranking her behind only Hall of Fame coach Sue Gunter for most victories in school history. In 10 years, Fargas’ teams posted 30 wins over Top 25 opponents and made a pair of NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.

“I will be forever grateful for the opportunity that I had to serve as LSU’s women’s basketball coach,” Fargas said. “It was a tremendous honor to represent LSU and the wonderful people on this campus and community. I can’t express how thankful I am to have coached the wonderful young women in our program, student-athletes who were dedicated and committed to having success on the court and in the classroom.

“I had a great staff, wonderful people that always put our players first and made tremendous sacrifices to better our program. We always had the support of the athletic administration. They gave us everything that we needed to be successful. LSU is a great place and I leave with many wonderful memories. I will forever be a LSU Tiger.”

Fargas’ players did more than just excel on the court as her team also thrived in the classroom. Under Fargas, every Tiger that spent their entire career at LSU went on to earn their college degree. Also, LSU recorded a 100 percent in the NCAA Graduation Success Rate three times under Fargas and placed 33 players on the SEC Women’s Basketball Academic Honor Roll.

“I can’t thank Nikki enough for the job she has done at LSU, not only as our head women’s basketball coach, but also as a mentor to the young women on her team and many other student-athletes on our campus,” said Director of Athletics Scott Woodward.

“She’s a shining example of doing things the right way and she’s helped mold and inspire her team to understand the value of an education, community involvement and using their platform to make a difference. Nikki’s legacy at LSU will go far beyond the basketball court. I wish her, her husband Justin and their daughter Justice nothing but continued success in their next endeavor.”
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Stop with the hateful comments, it's hard to Coach Women's basketball especially at LSU. Yall don't support em if they aren't relevant so hush!!!
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I miss Pokey
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wow I wish I had a job where I get high praise for doing a mediocre job...Legacy my a$$
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They are praising her, because they allowed her to quit and they have her replacement in the wings.....
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If a tree falls and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
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Took a good program and made it mediocre! 1 or 2 competitive years and it actually lasted 10. This does tell you just how important women's college sports really are!
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It was definitely time for her to go, but let’s not act like she only had 1 or 2 competitive years. She made the tournament in 6 of her first 7 seasons
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Does anyone even watch womens b-ball anymore?
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It’s about as thrilling as watching paint dry, doing the dishes or folding laundry.
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This reads just like a self promoting LinkedIn profile.
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Good luck to her wherever she goes.
Reply14 days
Lol @ resigns to pursue another opportunity. She was a lazy recruiter and all of the players transferred on her for whatever reason. I thought she would do well here. Also, this took way too long, she should have been told to resign 3 or 4 years ago.
Reply14 days
Kramer's Mom is coming to Baton Rouge!
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That’s pretty impressive that 100% are degreed. That’s one bright thing she brought
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Agreed. Results on thee court were mixed. Results off court were not. BOTH are important. Farewell, Nikki.
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You're right, that coach Vargas' LSU teams graduated 100% of the team members three times is very impressive considering what I'm sure are very strict parameters in the NCAA's success rate formula.
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ONE bright thing? EVERYTHING she brings is glowing bright.
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I'm not reading all that shite it's about time bye bye!!!
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Buh Bye Bay Bee
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