Terry Burrows steps down as McNeese State baseball coach

LAKE CHARLES — McNeese State baseball coach Terry Burrows stepped down Thursday night following the team’s 10-3 loss to Lamar in the Southland Conference tournament.

A formal announcement will be made at a 9 a.m. Friday news conference at the Jack Doland Field House.

Burrows has been the Cowboys’ coach the past six seasons.

“I know in my heart that now is the right time for me to move on,” said Burrows whose team finished 23-31 this season including a 10-17 mark in conference play. “The game of baseball, as well as McNeese, have been a huge part of my life and always will be. I’ll always be thankful and appreciative for the opportunities and lifelong friendships both have given me.”

McNeese State Athletic Director Tommy McClelland said he supported Burrows while he was coach.

“From the day Terry Burrows was hired as our head baseball coach, we have been 100 percent supportive of him,” McClelland said. “That same level of support still exists today.

“Terry has done so many things that have improved our baseball program during his tenure, including APR, facilities and finances. He, without question, made us better from his first day on the job.”

Burrows first came to McNeese as a pitcher in 1989 and quickly became one of the best pitchers in school history. He was named the league’s Pitcher of the Year in 1990 after he posted a 10-3 record along with a 1.58 ERA. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers following his junior year and went on to an 11-year professional career with stops in Texas, Milwaukee and San Diego. He also played in Japan, Mexico and Venezuela.

His first coaching stint at McNeese was in 2002 and 2003 as an assistant to then-head coach Todd Butler. In 2003, he coached a pitching staff that led the Cowboys to the conference tournament title and a NCAA regional bid.

He returned to McNeese as the school’s 12th head coach and became just the fifth head coach in school history to record 100 career wins. His 138 career victories rank as the fourth most among McNeese baseball coaches.

“This has been an extremely difficult decision, but one that I’ve put a lot of thought and prayer into for a very long time,” Burrows said. “I appreciate my wife and my close friends for being understanding and very supportive.”

“I truly wish nothing but the best for McNeese and this baseball program and know that they both will always be close to my heart. I’m truly grateful and appreciative of every ounce of effort that has been put in my coaches and these players over the last few years. They all deserve nothing but the best.”

Burrows is a graduate of McNeese and was inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.