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.
“Our goal was to go out and find a hitting coach that could continue to help us grow,” Robichaux said in a news release. “Jeremy was the perfect answer, having coached ... and played at a high level while coming from the same hitting system as Deggs.”
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.
With Robichaux serving as both head coach and pitching coach, the idea is that Talbot’s hiring will create a seamless transition for the offense, rather than learning a new philosophy. Talbot also has proven 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 School star left the Aggies in 2009 to return closer to home, taking a job as an assistant baseball coach at Hahnville High School.
Freeman’s route to Lafayette was a little more direct.
The former Ruston High School standout and Houston Astros farmhand has spent the past three seasons working as a pitching coach with West Monroe High School, and he worked as a private instructor for six years before that.
Another eye on the pitchers will free Robichaux up to do more things.
“We knew we were going to lose a great coach like Lance, and we feel Daniel is the perfect person to replace him, having played at a high level and had success,” Robichaux said. “Jeremy is the hitting guy we were looking for and should fit in pretty seamlessly, while Daniel will be able to come in and help our pitching staff and divvy up the coaching jobs more evenly.”