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LSU Alexandria names new baseball coach

Released: 07/13/2012

From the Town Talk Written by Raymond A. Partsch III

LSU at Alexandria has found its new general.

Former LSU at Shreveport star and Louisiana Tech assistant coach Brent Porche was named the new baseball coach at LSU at Alexandria on Friday. Porche succeeds Dan Purvis, who resigned May 10 after five seasons at the helm of the Generals baseball program.

Purvis compiled a 77-171 record during half a decade at LSUA, which has been a member of the NAIA's Association of Independent Institutions Conference since 2008.

"It s exciting and it is something that I definitely had a goal set to one day become a head coach," said Porche, who played for his father Chris Porche at Redemptorist High School. "I didn't think it would be this soon in the game though. I have been fortunate to learn under some great coaches."

"We're very excited to have him on staff," said LSUA softball coach and new athletics director Charlie Zeilman.

"He comes very highly recommended from collegiate coaches in our region. I think the committee took that into consideration."

Porche played at LSU at Shreveport from 2005-08, where he helped lead the nationally recognized Pilots to three consecutive Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championships from 2006-08.

He then served as a student assistant under coach Rocke Musgraves in 2009, and then became a graduate assistant for the 2010 season.

Porche served as an assistant under coach Wade Simoneaux at Louisiana Tech the past two seasons.

With the Bulldogs, Porche worked with catchers, served as the bullpen coach, helped with scouting, and even aided Dr. David Szymanski with the strength and conditioning program.

During that span, Tech went 61-55 and reached the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals this past season.

Porche now faces the challenge of turning around a program that has struggled mightily the past two seasons, as LSUA won only 11 and 12 games.

"We're looking for him to come in and be a relentless recruiter, stress the academics and turn this program around," said Zeilman.

Porche believes that he can do just that, and he says he will do so by infusing the program with some intensity.

"You got to set those goals about the wins and losses, but the things you have to focus on is the day to day," said Porche, who received his master's degree in kinesiology in sports performance from Tech last August.

"We are going to do a lot in the strength and conditioning, and we are going to be intense. When you come out to watch a LSUA baseball game, you will see intensity."