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Matt Deggs named Louisiana baseball coach

Matt Deggs, most recently head coach at Sam Houston State, has been named Louisiana head baseball coach.

Deggs will replace the late Tony Robichaux, who died July 3, 10 days after suffering a heart attack. Robichaux was UL's head coach for 25 seasons prior to his passing.

Deggs was an assistant under Robichaux starting during the 2012 season and continuing through the conclusion of the 2014 season, when the Ragin' Cajuns finished 58-10 and made it to a three-game NCAA Super Regional against Ole Miss that it hosted at M.L. ³Tigue² Moore Field.

Sam Houston State hired him later in 2014, and his first season with the Bearkats was in 2015.

He previously was an assistant at Northwestern State from 1996-97, head coach at Texarkana College from 1998-2002, an assistant coach at Arkansas from 2003-05 and an assistant at Texas A&M from 2006-10.

He rose to associate head coach at Texas A&M, but was fired prior to the 2011 season due to his now widely publicized and self-admitted battle with alcoholism.

Deggs was out of baseball for more than a year, and has credited Robichaux with saving his life by hiring him at UL, where he both was a recruiting coordinator and coached the Cajuns' highly productive hitters.

Deggs took his Sam Houston team to the NCAA Tournament two times in five seasons, making it to a Regional in 2016 and to a Super Regional in 2017.

His SHSU club won the Southland Conference's regular-season championship three times, in 2016, '18 and '19.

The Bearkats went 31-25 this year. Their best season under Deggs according to total wins was 2017, when then then 44-23.

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July 17, 2019

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