After a nearly year-long search, Dr. William Broussard was recently named Director of Athletics at Southern University. Broussard comes to Southern after a short stint as AD at Centenary. Before that, he spent several years at Northwestern, where he was a two-time All-American center. He is 33 years old.
I recently sat down with Broussard, for an interview that will air throughout May, on Jaguar Nation, which airs on CST. We talked about everything from how the position came about, to his short and long term plans for the program.
Broussard has big plans for Southern, and I think that's just what the university needs. Broussard put it best when he told me that he often tells his friends, working in college athletics is a 40 hour a week job... and then you get up and go to work on Thursday.
Some other interesting things I took from our interview:
The first college game he saw time in, while playing at Northwestern, was against Southern. The Demons' starting center got injured, and Broussard was put into action.
Both of his parents, who are no longer with us, attended Grambling. His father played basketball there. When asked what their reaction to his new job would have been, Broussard smiled and told me his dad would have blue and gold on, proud as can be. He says his mother would do the same, however she'd be a little more resistant to switching sides of the rivalry.
He's a vegetarian.
His wife, Kendra, played volleyball at Northwestern when Broussard was on the football team. She's originally from Canada.
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