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Written by Aaron Gonsoulin, January 9, 2018 The Vermilion

Former Ragin’ Cajun track star Hollis Conway has returned to Louisiana as the Athletic Department’s new assistant director for diversity, leadership and education, the university announced.

Conway, a native of Chicago and a member of both the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame as well as the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and a six-time NCAA All-American, three-time national champion in the high jump and a two-time medalist for the U.S. during the 1988 and the 1992 Summer Olympics, will research and evaluate student-athlete support services, develop community engagement programs and assist with student-athlete event planning.

Conway said he is excited for his new role with the university.

"It is my hope that I can be a small part in making sure that all the love, patience, persistence and generosity that was offered to me as a student-athlete will be given to all current and future students and athletes,” Conway said.

Conway will also work with the university’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the governing body for student-athletes.

"Hollis is a tremendous ambassador for the University of Louisiana and will make a positive impact on our student-athletes, staff, campus and community," Bryan Maggard, Ph.D., Louisiana’s director of athletics, said in a statement.

Conway’s job is pending approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.

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