ultoday.com spoke with Michael Lotief about the Cajuns' remarkable run this year. His wife and Co-Head Coach Stefni sat in and added her thoughts.

You're an attorney. Talk about that.

I think my culture and how I was raised influences everything that I do. The fact that I practiced law, and that now I coach softball... it's not ironic.

A large part of who I am, is to be fighting for a cause, to contribute to my community. Law was a way to fight for right, to give a voice to those who didn't have a voice.

It's the same thing with these kids. I work to help them find a direction, to help them find a cause, to help them chase their dreams.

Some of the causes here are gender equity and self-esteem. I have an 11 year old daughter... that stuff becomes an important cause for me.

Talk about gender equity.

Well, first of all, I married a woman who came into this sport in its infancy. I watched Stefni when she pitched here. And when I sat there, I was fascinated with her talents. I thought "Wow, this girl is good. She needs to be celebrated, and publicized, and a role model for the world." But those opportunities weren't there at that time.

Then because there was no Lafayette team, Stef and I started coaching travel ball, to get kids involved, and try to teach them some life lessons.

Then there's our daughter, and we certainly want her exposed to the best opportunities. Now, we're coaching college softball, we work with the best of the best. And I think they deserve the best

From my perspective, it's not the material rewards, that's not what I mean by equity. Because to me, that's not what's important... there's more to life than money. You have to have a certain level of financial support, but in my judgment, what equity means, is the opportunity.

Not just a chance, but the opportunity to reach and attain your potential. I think our kids here have unlimited potential. It's our job here to make sure they each have every opportunity to reach that potential. Stefni and I wake up every day, determined to help them reach that.

When we got here, we were around kids who walked on the field and didn't believe in their hearts they could beat anyone they competed against. This week at the WCWS, our players believed they belonged there, and they beat the #1 team in the nation. No one in the country has more resources than Florida.

Our team believed they had a shot to win the Championship.

Our kids come to UL without a softball history... they weren't on these big select teams, they haven't gotten the accolades in HS. They're just regular kids, no one has tapped their potential.

Our kids were ordinary kids, looking for an opportunity, looking for a culture to bring out their potential. They have the character, they have the work ethic, they're good kids from good families. They take care of business in the classroom, the church, the community, the family.

But when you visit them, you see that they're competitive, they're athletic, they're smart.

Take Danyele Gomez or Brooke Mitchell or Karli Hubbard. They were just average players on their teams, run-of-the-mill athletes. Then when they got here and were exposed to the opportunity, they flourished.

Now, of course, we're starting to get kids who are exceptional.

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