The Ragin’ Cajuns baseball staff is complete again.
Coach Tony Robichaux announced the hirings of hitting coach and recruiting coordinator Jeremy Talbot — pending board approval — and volunteer assistant Daniel Freeman on Tuesday afternoon, filling the void created when Matt Deggs and Lance Harvell left for Sam Houston State last month.
Deggs’ aggressive offensive approach was quite a hit in Lafayette as the team bashed its way to an NCAA-best 74 home runs in 2013 and 58 wins last season. Talbot and Deggs were on the same staff in Texas A&M as assistants under coach Rob Childress, with Talbot serving as the Aggies’ hitting and recruiting coordinator before leaving in 2009. The addition allows for some continuity for the Cajuns’ hitters.
“We had been so successful the last two years with a certain hitting philosophy,” Robichaux said. “This gave me the opportunity, for the returning guys that hit in that philosophy and the incoming guys that were coming here to hit in that philosophy, it helped me create what I think is going to be a seamless transition in the approach, which is so important for our hitters.”
Talbot also has proved himself an effective recruiter, hauling in what Baseball America hailed as the No. 6 recruiting class in his final year as A&M’s recruiting coordinator.
Talbot has taken an interesting path back to Division I baseball. The former Assumption High star left the Aggies in 2009 to return closer to home, taking a job as an assistant baseball coach at Hahnville High.
Freeman’s route to Lafayette was a little more traditional. The former Ruston High standout and Houston Astros farmhand has spent the past three seasons working as a pitching coach with West Monroe High, and he worked as a private instructor for six years before that.
Another eye on the pitchers will free up Robichaux to do more things.
“We wanted to try to continue to upgrade both our pitching staff and our hitters,” he said. “This gave us the opportunity to bring in Daniel to be able to assist me with the pitchers. This allows (associate head coach Tony) Babineaux and Coach Talbot to have the hitters. It just evens up our workload a little better.”