Northwestern State University Head Coach Mike McConathy spoke to the Natchitoches Lions Club at its meeting May 13 about what it takes to be successful on and off the basketball court. This year is his 20th year in Natchitoches.

“Everyone comes to games and sees that part of it,” said McConathy. “Truly, that’s the easiest part of what we do.”

A great piece of information he shared with the club is that the athletic department graduates 90 percent of its student athletes. “It’s important that they finish,” he said. “If they fail, we fail.”