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SilvaMike Silva | Associate Head Coach

On July 6, 2018, Louisiana Tech baseball head coach Lane Burroughs announced the addition of Mike Silva to the baseball coaching staff. Silva will serve as the team’s associate head coach, working mainly with the Bulldog pitching staff, after spending the past two seasons as the pitching coach at Little Rock.

Silva brings a wealth of experience to Ruston, after guiding the Little Rock pitching staff to the fifth-lowest ERA in the Sun Belt in 2018. The Trojans lowered their team ERA in each of Silva’s two seasons in Little Rock. This past season, Little Rock pitchers averaged 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings under Silva’s tutelage – second best in the Sun Belt.

In taking over the reins of the Bulldog pitchers, Silva inherits one of the deepest and most experienced staffs not only in Conference USA, but across the nation. Last season, the Bulldogs led the league and ranked 25th nationally with a 3.48 team ERA.

“Obviously we felt this hire was of the utmost importance with the majority of our innings and workload returning for the 2019 season,” Burroughs added. “We wanted to do what’s in the best interest of our players and of course further the direction and future of the program.  We tried to get out in front of the situation and show our program’s stability and the forward direction we continue to move.  We were absolutely flattered with the amount of interest this position generated.  I think that speaks volumes about Louisiana Tech, Ruston and the leadership at our University specifically our President, Dr. Les Guice and Athletic Director, Tommy McClelland.”

In 2017, Silva coached his pitching staff to a program-record 463 strikeouts. 
Little Rock's pitchers recorded 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings — ranking third in the Sun Belt and 47th nationally. They also allowed the third-fewest hits in the league at 8.83 per nine innings.

Silva also brings experience at the professional level, as he worked as an area scout for the San Diego Padres in 2016, scouting talent in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota.

Prior to his time as a scout, Silva was an assistant coach at Texas State from 2013-15. Under his guidance, the Bobcats reached the conference tournament in all three seasons and saw six players selected in the MLB Draft.

Prior to joining the Bobcats, Silva was the head coach at Galveston College where he led the team to its first regional tournament in five years and first season above .500 in the past 13 years. His team ranked as high as 11th in the nation during the campaign.

Before Galveston, Silva was the head coach at Clarendon College for three seasons. During his three-year stint at Clarendon, Silva’s teams earned 111 victories, making him the winningest coach in program history. In 2010, the team picked up the second-highest ranking in program history at No. 15 while Silva also formed the school’s second All-American and conference player of the year.
Prior to becoming head coach at Clarendon, Silva served two stints there as an assistant coach. In 2008, the team earned 40 wins and proceeded to the regional championship during his second time with the program. Silva initially joined the team as an assistant from 2003-05.

Between stints at Clarendon, Silva spent the 2006 season as an assistant at Bethany College where the team won 40 games and attained a No. 18 ranking in the NAIA national poll.

Before his days a coach began, Silva was a catcher at Northwestern Oklahoma State University from 2001-03. He helped lead the team to three straight regional tournaments, a 49-win season in 2001 and the highest national ranking in program history at No. 11. Silva hit .426 in 2001, finishing 19th in the nation. Before making the move to coaching, Silva played two seasons of independent baseball.

“One of the things I most admire about Mike is that he has worked his tail off to get to this position,” Burroughs added. “He has earned everything in his career.  I could have searched every corner of the earth and couldn’t have found a better match for our culture at Louisiana Tech.  This man is a worker, blue collar and tenacious in his approach to his craft. I absolutely can’t wait for him to get in the trenches with our guys and watch them grow under his tutelage.  We always say ‘you get who you are’ and trust me, this is the case with Coach Silva and he wants to be at Louisiana Tech.”

Silva, a native of Hull, Mass., earned his bachelor’s degree in leadership at Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska, before receiving his master’s degree in education at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. He is married to the former Reagan Page and has a son, Dylan.

Mitch Gaspard | Hitting Coach / Recruiting Coordinator

On July 19, 2019, Louisiana Tech head coach Lane Borroughs announced the addition of Mitch Gaspard to the Tech baseball coaching staff. Gaspard will assume the role of the team's hitting coach and recruiting coordinator, bringing 13 years of Division I head coaching experience with him to Ruston.
"There are a handful of coaches in our business that I would hand my son off to for four years, and Mitch Gaspard is one of those men," Burroughs remarked. "As a young coach, I watched and admired what he was doing on and off the field and I made a serious effort to emulate that in my career. This is a big get and a big day for our program. I want all Bulldogs everywhere to join me in welcoming Mitch and Kim to Louisiana Tech and our city of Ruston."
Gaspard most recently served as the volunteer assistant for the Georgia Bulldogs last season, working with the team's infielders, hitters and base runners. Gaspard was part of a staff that guided Georgia to its 12th NCAA Regional appearance and its sixth as a regional host (#4 national seed).
A native of Port Arthur, Texas, Gaspard holds a career head coaching record of 444-331 with Northwestern State (2002-07) and Alabama (2010-16).
"I wanted to do what was best for our staff, players, fan base, program and university in finding a new coach," Burroughs added. "I called Mitch to gauge his interest and was ecstatic that not only was he interested, but he seemed energized by our conversation. I absolutely can't wait to share the dugout with him. He is going to be a tremendous asset to our staff, team university and community. I'm looking forward to learning from Mitch not only as a coach, but as we navigate this upcoming season on the road and embark on the construction on a brand new, state-of-the-art facility. Mitch has led men through both of these scenarios and his experience will be invaluable for our program."
He began his lengthy coaching career as an assistant coach at Houston (1988) with stops at UL-Lafayette (1989-92), Northwestern State (1993-94), Alabama (1995-2001) before taking his first head coaching job in Natchitoches. Gaspard then returned to Alabama as an assistant for the 2008 & 09 seasons before being named the head coach of the Crimson Tide in 2010.
In seven seasons with the Crimson Tide, he compiled a record of 234-193 (.548) and made four NCAA Regional appearances (2010, 11, 12, 14) along with one Super Regional appearance (2010).
"My family and I are excited to be joining the Louisiana Tech family and the Ruston community," Gaspard said. "I'm looking forward to joining Lane and the coaching staff on their continued growth and vision for the baseball program. My philosophy has always been about building relationships with student athletes and helping them achieve their goals as baseball players and as men. Louisiana Tech has a terrific national brand and I cannot wait to begin recruiting and coaching these young men in our program."
Over his seven years as the Alabama skipper, Gaspard coached one first team All-American, four freshmen All-Americans, has had two national Gold Glove Award winners, three ABCA All-South Region selections, seven All-SEC honorees, six SEC All-Freshman Team picks, two SEC All-Defensive team recipient, and 71 players earn SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition.
Prior to last season's stint in Athens, Gaspard was the associate head coach at Kansas State from 2017-18.
As an assistant with the Ragin' Cajuns in 89-92, Gaspard helped guide the program to three NCAA Regional appearances along with three conference titles.
While at Northwestern State, he compiled a head coaching record of 211-128 (.622) and led the Demons to two Southland Conference championships, one SLC Tournament championship and a spot in the 2005 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional.
Gaspard's four-year collegiate playing career between LSU and Houston saw his teams compile a 148-91 (.619) overall record, post two 40-win seasons and play in a pair of NCAA Regionals (1985 and 1987). He began his career at LSU in 1984 and 1985, earning one varsity letter on Skip Bertman's first LSU squad in 1984. The 1984 edition of the Tigers posted a 32-23 overall record.
The 1985 team went 41-18 en route to the SEC Western Division championship and collected the school's first NCAA Regional appearance since 1975.
He transferred to Houston following his sophomore season and played two years for the Cougars, lettering in 1986 and 1987. Gaspard played on coach Rolan Walton's final Houston team in 1986, helping the Cougars post a 35-23 overall mark. In his final season as a player, Gaspard helped the Cougars compile a 40-27 record and a berth in the NCAA Central Regional in Austin, Texas, under first-year head coach Dr. Bragg Stockton. The Cougars finished 1987 ranked 14th nationally.
Gaspard is married to the former Kim Howell, and they have two daughters, Brae and Paeton.

Matt Miller | Volunteer Assistant Coach / Pitching

On Thursday, September 12, Louisiana Tech head baseball coach Lane Burroughs announced the addition of former Bulldog pitcher Matt Miller to the LA Tech coaching staff.
Miller takes over as the volunteer assistant coach and will primarily work with pitchers. He will also run Louisiana Tech baseball camps and handle operational duties.
"Matt Miller is a winner plain and simple. He was a team captain, possesses tremendous work ethic, is extremely intelligent, and has a hunger to compete and win," said Burroughs. "We thought it was extremely important to hire someone that is familiar with our current situation and could embrace it without flinching. Matt is a Bulldog through and through, and he is a rising star in our profession. He will continue to add so much value to our program."
Miller posted a 4.09 ERA over 200.1 innings with the Bulldogs after transferring from Heartland Community College. He was the primary Friday starter as a redshirt junior and senior, during which time he struck out three batters for every one he walked.
Last season, the Aurora, Ill. native earned Second Team All-Conference honors. Among league leaders, Miller ranked sixth in ERA (3.24), fourth in opposing batting average (.224), seventh in innings pitched (83.1), fifth in strikeouts (97) and first in strikeouts looking (38). His 97 punchouts during the regular season were the most by a Bulldog pitcher since 2007.
Miller mostly recently spent the summer pitching for the Schaumburg Boomers in the Frontier League. He struck out 70 batters in 64.2 innings (9.74 K/9) and posted a 4.79 ERA.
"I am extremely thankful for the opportunity Coach Burroughs gave me to join such a great coaching staff. I am thrilled to still be part of the baseball program again and begin my coaching career at a university that has done so much for me," said Miller. "Although this upcoming season will present its share of challenges, there are so many exciting things happening for the program and I can't wait to get started and be a part of the team in a different role.