LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – It was an emotional goodbye, Tuesday as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Athletic Director Scott Farmer stepped down.
Farmer fought back tears as he made his announcement.
“Being a part of the most successful era in the history of the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns has been God’s greatest blessing to me,” said Farmer.
During his five years as Athletic Director, Farmer oversaw a department that doubled its athletic budget, spent nearly 70 million in facility improvements and doubled donations to the Ragin Cajun Athletics Foundation (RCAF).
“What we have accomplished together can never be taken away,” said Farmer.
But the demands of the job were becoming too stressful.
“For the last 30 years I loved the lifestyle, I loved the job, but the job demands take a toll on you. It takes a toll on your loved ones, your friends, your health, and your commitment to your church,” said Farmer.
Farmer will now move to a full-time teaching position in the school of Kinesiology.
UL-Lafayette President Dr. Joseph Savoie said teaching is something Farmer has been interested in for a while.
“He mentioned that he always wanted to go back into the classroom and he wanted to teach and spend more time with his family, so we continued to talk about it and this just kind of evolved as a result of that conversation.”
Savoie said the university is looking to fill the position but said they are not in a rush to do so.
“We are going to take our time. We’re not going to sacrifice quality for speed.”
“My time is over, God bless. I am happy to have been a part of your success,” said Farmer.
Athletic Deputy Director Dr. Jessica Leger will serve as Interim Athletic Director as the university holds a national search.