By: Tyler Hotz / Louisiana Tech Athletics
RUSTON, Louisiana – Louisiana Tech vice president and athletics director Eric Wood announced Bulldog baseball captain on Thursday Lane burroughs signed a contract extension until the 2025-2026 season.
The contract extension is pending approval by the University of Louisiana System Supervisory Board.
Burroughs’ new contract deal follows his fifth season at Ruston, one of the most successful in Bulldog baseball history. Tech finished 42-20, including a 22-8 rating in Conference USA action – the most league wins in program history.
“Lane has done an outstanding job with this program over the past five years,” said Wood. From a historic victory over the No. 1 ranked team in the country to wins on three different SEC programs to seven wins over the perennial C-USA Southern Miss contender for a West Division title to win the first host Regional NCAA program, Lane and his staff did an incredible job during a very difficult time.
“I think this year’s team embodies the strength of their head coach. They fought tirelessly and represented our institution in a first class way. Not only has Lane made this program a float in the last two difficult years since the tornado, but he’s taken it to new heights. We wanted to show a commitment to Lane and the program, and I’m grateful for Lane’s desire to stay with Louisiana Tech.
LA Tech won the national No.16 seed of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, marking its ninth NCAA regional appearance in program history. The Diamond Dogs advanced to the regional final after beating Rider 18-2 and foe SEC Alabama 10-8. LA Tech’s victory over the Crimson Tide secured their third victory over another SEC opponent in a single season (Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss) for the first time since 1987.
Burroughs also guided LA Tech to its first division title since 1992 by winning the West Division title of the Conference USA on the final day of the C-USA season. The Bulldogs defeated UTSA 17-7 on the rule of the race to win the division crown.
“We’re building something special at Louisiana Tech,” said Burroughs, who is 162-90 as the Bulldogs head coach. “This year has been historic in many ways, but we want it to become the norm at Ruston. This is the goal of our players and our coaches. I also know this is the goal of our administration, fans, alumni, donors and stakeholders. We are excited for 2022 and beyond. I cannot thank Dr (Les) Guice and Dr Wood enough for their commitment to me and their confidence in me to be the head coach of this program. It’s an honor and I don’t take it for granted. We will continue to be relentless in our pursuit and work as hard as possible to create a program that Bulldogs around the world can be proud of. “
A program record, five Bulldogs took home All-Conference USA first team honors under Burroughs in 2021, including taylor young becoming the first Diamond Dog to be named conference Defensive Player of the Year. Three Diamond Dogs also won All-America honors – Hunter’s well (Baseball America), Jonathan fincher (NCBWA) and Young (College Baseball).
The Bulldogs went 11-4 against opponents in State in 2021, recording streaks of sweeps over Tulane, McNeese State, ULM and Southern. The Bulldogs also set a new program record with 10 straight road wins, which was Division I’s longest active streak.
Burroughs and his team also helped the Diamond Dogs secure their first victory over a No.1 team in program history with a 2-0 shutout against Arkansas on March 14. Tech also beat the No.4 Ole Miss 13-1 in mid-March.
Tech Baseball season ticket holders and LTAC donors should be on the lookout for emails today explaining how to renew memberships for the 2022 season.