University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Dr. Bryan Maggard
Director of Athletics

Dr. Bryan Maggard

A new era in Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics began on Feb. 1, 2017, when Dr. Bryan Maggard was introduced as Director of Athletics. In his more than three years leading the Ragin’ Cajuns, Maggard has brought new excitement to the Louisiana fan base while continuing to build on one of college athletics’ most unique brands.

Leading the charge in continuing to strongly support the department’s more than 400 student-athletes, Maggard and the Ragin’ Cajuns Athletic Foundation unveiled the GEAUX Beyond Initiative ahead of the beginning of the 2020 Fall sports season. Echoing the Department of Athletics’ mission statement – to geaux beyond by inspiring elite performance and achieving greatness – the community-wide philanthropic campaign has been designed to help sustain the success achieved in the fields of competition and inspire future excellence.

That mission statement is part of a much bigger roadmap to success that Maggard and his administration launched in October 2019 – the “Let’s Geaux” strategic plan. The three-year plan features three overall priorities: student-athlete experience, fiscal and facility management and culture. Benchmarks and measurable successes will be tracked as the Department of Athletics works through the upcoming years.

Maggard, a native of Dexter, Kansas, joined the Ragin’ Cajuns after spending 21 years at the University of Missouri where he most recently served as the Tigers’ Executive Associate Athletic Director.

Maggard taught Sport Management courses at Mizzou, as an adjunct professor, where he assisted campus leaders in establishing a Sport Management degree program. Maggard was also a member of the University of Missouri Graduate Faculty and served on doctoral examination and dissertation committees.

Prior to his stint at Missouri, Maggard had stops at Florida State University and Kansas State University, overseeing the academic support services for the Seminole and Wildcat football programs respectively.

Maggard received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in health and physical education, both from Kansas State University. He received a Ph.D. in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri.

He and his wife, Kerry, are proud parents of three children, Dalton, Aubrey, and Kaylin.