LSUE Baseball Press Release
EUNICE, La. – The American Baseball Coaches Association and Baseball America have named LSU Eunice baseball’s Alan Orgain the Assistant Coach of the Year for NJCAA Division II. It’s the first national award for the long-time Bengals assistant coach.
“It’s an honor to be considered among some of the best coaches in the game that I respect so much,” LSU Eunice assistant coach Alan Orgain said. “This award truly reflects the hard work our players put in over the season and the success they achieved.”
Orgain was instrumental in the development of NJCAA National Pitcher of the Year Zach Hester. The now Samford University pitcher was named a first-team NJCAA All-American and the 2018 World Series pitcher of the tournament. Hester finished his sophomore campaign 13-1 with a 2.34 earned run average.
The LSU Eunice pitching staff also set new program standards with 576 strikeouts on the season as well as a .215 opponent batting average. Five of the sophomore pitchers from the 2018 NJCAA National Championship team have moved on to four-year schools.
“This award is long overdue for Coach Orgain,” LSUE head baseball coach Jeff Willis said. “The impact has had on our university and baseball program cannot be put into words and it’s been my honor to stand next to him all these years.”
In Orgain’s 11 years at LSU Eunice, the Bengals have seen 18 pitchers drafted or signed by MLB free agents and 50 pitchers who have moved on to NCAA Division I schools.
This is the first year that the ABCA and Baseball America are honoring assistant coaches throughout all divisions and levels of baseball. The two organizations have named a top assistant in NCAA Division I for the last 20 years.
LSU Eunice will begin its 2019 when the Bengals host North Lake College on Friday, January 25. The entire schedule will be released in the coming weeks.
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