McNeese Baseball Introduces New Head Coach Justin Hill - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

McNeese Baseball Introduces New Head Coach Justin Hill

From McNeese SID Matthew Bonnette:

 

LAKE CHARLES – Justin Hill, a 10-year coaching veteran in the college ranks including the last five years as an associate head coach at Southeastern Louisiana and Louisiana-Monroe, has been named the 13th baseball head coach for McNeese, announced by athletic director Tommy McClelland on Friday.

 

Hill, 33, replaces Terry Burrows who resigned following the 2013 season.

 

A West Monroe native, Hill has spent the past several years learning from some of the best head coaches in college baseball, including legendary coaches Skip Bertman and Mark Johnson, former Southeastern Louisiana head coach Jay Artigues, and current Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard and ULM head coach Jeff Schexnaider.

 

"It is a true honor to be the next head coach at McNeese," said Hill.  "I have always admired the tradition they have from a distance.  As an opponent, it was always a difficult challenge competing against the Cowboys, especially in Lake Charles.  There has always been a decided home-field advantage when you play McNeese.

 

"McNeese, Lake Charles and the entire Southwest area of Louisiana have always had a great passion for baseball.  There are high expectations here and I'm looking forward to meeting those head-on.

 

"Our plan is to win and win right now.  We want to put out kids in the best possible situation to be successful on and off the field.  We want to be fun to watch.  We are going to compete hard on the field and do things right off of it.  I want our players and coaches to be visible in the community as much as we can."

 

Said McClelland:  "Justin is a coach that has caught my eye over the years.  Everywhere he goes success seems to follow.  He has a great understanding of recruiting Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi and that is a major component to winning at McNeese.  He is not only a proven coach, but he is also a man of high integrity and character and will be a great addition to the McNeese family."

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