Interim removed from title today

Jeff Schexnaider was named the baseball head coach at ULM today.

Jeff Schexnaider was named the baseball head coach at ULM today.

May 11, 2006

MONROE, La. --- Louisiana Monroe Director of Athletics Bobby Staub has named Jeff Schexnaider as the new Indians baseball head coach. Schexnaider has been the interim head coach since March 6 when Brad Holland resigned the position. Schexnaider's hire is pending the approval of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.

"We are excited to have Jeff on board as our baseball head coach," said Staub. "We feel that this is a tremendous hire for us, one that will provide our program with the necessary leadership to build a successful program in the Sun Belt Conference. We have a lot of work to do and we feel that Jeff is the right guy at the right time for ULM."

Schexnaider, 42, is a former star player at ULM from 1984-86 and joined the staff in the summer of 2004 as an assistant coach. As a player for the Indians, he started at second base and was the team batting champion with a .342 average in 1986.

Schexnaider holds two degrees from ULM, earning his bachelor's in 1987 and his master's in 1989. He was a graduate assistant coach at the university under Lou St. Amant before embarking on a successful high school coaching career that has produced 10 consecutive district championship teams and one state title at West Monroe High School.

"This is the one job I have wanted since I was a graduate assistant," said Schexnaider. "I have been at some great places along the way, but in the back of my mind I always knew that I wanted to be the head coach at ULM."

Prior to joining the ULM staff, Schexnaider's 1999 West Monroe team won the state 5A championship, his 1996 club was state runner-up and three other teams reached the state semifinals, including his 2004 squad. He also had a district championship team at Ouachita High in 1992.

He began his prep coaching career as an assistant at his prep alma mater, Catholic High of Baton Rouge, in 1989-90, went to Ouachita as head baseball coach and assistant football coach in 1991 and then went to WMHS in the same capacities three years later.

He has won numerous coaching awards, including four Louisiana "Coach of the Year" awards, two from the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association and two for 5A baseball from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. He has been the Northeast Louisiana "Coach of the Year" three times and the District 2-5A top coach 10 times.

Schexnaider has served as head coach in the Louisiana High School Baseball All-Star game once and as the game coordinator on another occasion. He has served as vice president of the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association and as a member of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) Executive Council.

"I am fortunate to be taking this position as ULM enters a new era," said Schexnaider. "The timing is unbelievable with the new construction, new conference, and new mascot imaging. I appreciate Dr. (James) Cofer and Bobby Staub having the confidence in me to take this program into the Sun Belt Conference."

Schexnaider is married to the former Sally Caulfield. They have three sons, Keith Tippen, Ray Paul, and Nick.

The Schexnaider File

Name: Jeff Schexnaider

Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.

Birth date: May 7, 1964

Family: Married to the former Sally Caulfield; Three children --- Keith Tippen (20), Ray Paul (12) and Nick (9)

High School: Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, La.; 1982 graduate

College: Louisiana Monroe; bachelor's in 1987, master's in 1989

Collegiate career highlights: Two-year letterman for ULM, after two years at Gulf Coast Community College; starter at second base, team batting champion in 1986 with an average of .342.

Baseball Coaching Experience:
1986-87 Student assistant coach, Louisiana Monroe
1987-89 Graduate assistant coach, Louisiana Monroe
1989-90 Assistant coach, Catholic High School
1990-94 Head coach, Ouachita High School
1994-2004 Head coach, West Monroe High School
2004-06 Assistant coach, Louisiana Monroe
2006 Assistant coach/Interim head coach, Louisiana Monroe

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