Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland introduced Lane Burroughs as the eighth head coach of the Bulldog Baseball program during a Wednesday press conference in the Jarrell Room of the Davison Athletics Complex.
Burroughs joins the LA Tech family after spending the past four years as the head baseball coach at Northwestern State, where he compiled 113 wins and led the Demons to three straight 30-win seasons from 2014-16.
In his final three seasons in Natchitoches, Burroughs guided Northwestern State to a 97-73 record and qualified for the Southland Conference Tournament each year, while the Demons averaged 19.7 conference wins in that span.
“We were focused and committed to finding a coach that could build on the success that the baseball team had this past season,” McClelland said. “We wanted a coach that would embody all of the qualities of a leader that we have come to expect at Louisiana Tech. Lane showed these leadership qualities during his time at Northwestern State where he rebuilt that program. With Lane, we have found a man who will fit our culture and who will lead Bulldog baseball into the future.
Burroughs replaces Greg Goff, who led LA Tech to a 67-47 record in two seasons and the program’s first NCAA Regional appearance in 29 years before accepting the position of head coach at the University of Alabama last week.
In 2016, the Meridian, Mississippi, native led Northwestern State to a 33-24 record, while the Demons recorded back-to-back seasons of 20 Southland Conference victories and ended the season No. 47 in the NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).
“I am thrilled for the opportunity to be the head baseball coach at Louisiana Tech for a program with such a rich history,” Burroughs said. “This is the place I want to be and it is the right time for our family. This baseball program is in a great place and we have a great foundation to build on moving forward. I cannot wait to get started right off the bat and hit the ground running. My family and I are excited about joining this community and building relationships with the people of Ruston starting today.”
After being named head coach at Northwestern State in 2013, Burroughs was tasked with the job of rebuilding the historic baseball program and delivered soon after taking over the helm. Burroughs guided the Demons to the largest turnaround in Southland Conference history after NSU increased its league win total from 2013 to 2014 by 14 to finish third in the Southland, while NSU also tied the school record for the largest increase in total wins from a previous season with 17 more victories than the previous season.
Prior to being named the Demons skipper in 2013, Burroughs spent a total of 17 years as an assistant coach at Mississippi College (1996), East Mississippi Community College (1997), Northwestern State (1998), Southern Miss (1999-2007), Kansas State (2008) and Mississippi State (2009-12). In all, the 21-year veteran has coached in the SEC, Big 12, Conference USA and Southland Conference.
Burroughs spent four seasons as the recruiting coordinator and assistant under John Cohen at Mississippi State from 2009-12, while the new LA Tech skipper also brings nine years of Conference USA experience with him to Ruston after he spent time on Corky Palmer’s staff at Southern Miss from 1999-2007. Burroughs served as the hitting coach, recruiting coordinator and infield coach for the Golden Eagles and helped lead Southern Miss to six NCAA Regional appearances in nine seasons before spending one year coaching in the Big 12 as an assistant at Kansas State.
Early in his coaching career, Burroughs also spent the 1998 season as an assistant under Cohen, who was the head coach at Northwestern State, as the two helped lead the Demons to 40 wins and a Southland Conference title.
Burroughs began his coaching career in 1996 as a graduate assistant at Mississippi College before spending the 1997 season as an assistant at East Mississippi Community College.
As an assistant, Burroughs has coached eight NCAA Regional tournament teams.
During his playing career, Burroughs spent two years at Meridian Community College where he helped lead the Eagles to back-to-back Region 23 championships and the NJCAA College World Series in 1993. From 1994-95, Burroughs was an outfielder and catcher for Mississippi College and earned first team All-Gulf South Conference honors.
Burroughs studied pre-law at Mississippi College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1995, before earning his master’s in social sciences in 1996.
Burroughs and his wife, Susan, have three children: Parker Grace (14), Camryn Laine (12) and Thomas Jackson (8).
In addition to Burroughs joining the LA Tech family, it was announced Christian Ostrander has been named associate head coach and will continue to lead the Bulldog pitching staff for the second consecutive season. After coming to Ruston in November of 2015, the Ostrander-led pitching staff broke the school record for strikeouts in a season (496) and innings pitched (548.2). The Bulldogs posted a 3.77 team ERA in 2016 in Ostrander’s first season, down from 4.52 the previous year.
“I could not be more excited about Christian staying on to be the associate head coach,” Burroughs said. “I have known Coach Ostrander for a long time and have a tremendous amount of respect for the job he has done in the short time he has been a part of this program. He is a man of integrity and good character. The fact that he wants to be here and continue to be a part of something special that we are building at Louisiana Tech speaks volumes about the University, the city of Ruston and the people in this community.”
Burroughs’ hiring is pending the approval of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.