Justin Hill named McNeese baseball coach

LAKE CHARLES — Justin Hill, a former LSU pitcher and a 10-year coaching veteran in the college ranks, including the last five years as an associate head coach at Southeastern Louisiana and Louisiana-Monroe, was named the 13th baseball coach at McNeese State, Athletic Director Tommy McClelland announced Friday.

Hill, 33, replaces Terry Burrows, who resigned after last season.

“It is a true honor to be the next head coach at McNeese,” Hill said. “I have always admired the tradition they have from a distance. As an opponent, it was always a difficult challenge competing against the Cowboys, especially in Lake Charles. There has always been a decided home-field advantage when you play McNeese.

“Our plan is to win and win right now. We want to put out kids in the best possible situation to be successful on and off the field. We want to be fun to watch. We are going to compete hard on the field and do things right off of it. I want our players and coaches to be visible in the community as much as we can.”

Hill coached or recruited 33 players who have gone on to play in the professional ranks (28 drafted and five signing as free agents), 12 All-Americans, two conference players of the year, two NCBWA Stoppers of the Year, a conference pitcher of the year, relief pitcher of the year, freshman of the year, conference tournament MVP, and a Louisiana pitcher of the year.

Hill served the last two seasons as the associate head coach at Louisiana-Monroe.