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Coaching Staff

Daniel Latham
Pitching Coach / Academic Coordinator

In five seasons under Daniel Latham the Southeastern Louisiana pitching staff has become one of the most efficient and effective in the nation. In addition to pitching coach duties, Latham also assists with recruiting efforts and administrative duties.

Under Latham's tutelage, Southeastern is one of just five programs in the nation to have finished in the Top-30 in ERA over the course of the last three seasons, joining national powers Cal State Fullerton, Houston, Louisville and TCU. During that span, the Lions combined for a 3.03 staff ERA, ranking eighth (2016), 27th (2014) and 28th (2015) nationally.
 
Lion pitchers tossed a conference-leading, and school-record, nine shutouts (fifth nationally) during the 2016 season. The staff also led the Southland in ERA (3.01), strikeouts (463) and opponent batting average (.235).
 
Reliever Kade Granier turned in an impressive 2016 regular season, allowing just one run and carrying a 0.28 ERA into the final conference series of the year. His performance earned him the title of Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year. Mac Sceroler led the Southland in wins (10) and Domenick Carlini held opponents to a conference-low .206 batting average.
 
At the end of February, Southeastern pitchers had combined to lead the nation with an average of 12.7 strikeouts per nine innings. With double-digit strikeout totals in three of his first four starts, senior left-hander Kyle Cedotal was the national leader in strikeouts (42) in mid-March.
 
Cedotal was named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week for the second time in his career following a two-hit, 14-strikeout performance in helping lead Southeastern to a 2-0 win over ULM on Opening Night.
 
At the end of the season, all four members of Southeastern’s starting rotation were selected in the MLB Draft.
 
The 2015 Lion pitching staff set the school record for overall wins (42-17) and the Southland record for conference wins (25-5) on the way to claiming the conference's regular-season title. A league-high 11 players were named to the All-Conference squads and a program-record five players were named to the All-Louisiana teams.

Tate Scioneaux was named the Southland's pitcher of the week three weeks running and earned state honors in back-to-back weeks.

Cedotal picked up his first Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and Louisiana Pitcher of the Week awards after striking out a career-high 14 batters and flirting with a no-hitter against conference foe Abilene Christian (3/15/15).

Cedotal earned All-Region honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association while Sceroler was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.

For the second-consecutive season the Lions had multiple players taken in the Major League Baseball Draft as pitchers Jake Johnson, Kyle Keller and Scioneaux were all selected.  

On the way to an historic 2014 season that ended with the Lions returning to NCAA Regional play for the first time in 20 years, Southeastern compiled a 2.92 ERA (third best in the Southland and 27th nationally). The staff also led the conference with a 2.51 strikeout-to-walk ratio (27th nationally), was second with six shutouts (40th nationally) and third (55th nationally) with a WHIP of 1.28.

Staff ace Andro Čutura was the Southland Conference leader in a couple of statistical categories, compiling a 10-2 record and a 1.95 ERA. Čutura fanned 99 batters in 106 innings pitched, while limiting hitters to a .219 batting average, and issuing 21 walks. He tossed three complete games in his 16 starts. Čutura, who led the Southland in wins and strikeouts, was selected in the seventh round of the MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins.

In 2013 he helped produce a pair of Freshman All-Americans, marking the second-consecutive season a Lion has been so honored, as Louisville Slugger tabbed pitcher Mason Klotz and catcher/first baseman Jameson Fisher were named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association squad.

Klotz compiled a 3-0 record and team-high 11 saves to go with a 2.63 ERA. The right-hander fanned 37 batters, in 41 innings pitched, while allowing just 29 hits (.204 opponent batting average). He split time as the Lions' closer with junior Dylan Hills before claiming the full-time role at the end of April. Klotz earned seven saves in his final nine outings and allowed just one run in his final 18.2 innings of work. Earlier in the season, Hills was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List.

During the 2012 season, Southeastern shaved almost half-of-a-run off the previous season's team ERA. The Lions finished third in the conference in ERA (3.48) and junior Jordan Hymel finished with the fifth-lowest individual ERA (2.64). Junior right-hander Stefan Lopez established new Lion as well as conference single-season (20) and career (30) saves records on the way to being named the NCBWA National Stopper of the Year.

Lopez was named the 2012 Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year and Andro Cutura the Freshman of the Year. Cutura, who won his final six decisions on the mound, was also named a Freshman All-American while Lopez joined Brock Hebert, the Southland's Player and Hitter of the Year, with four All-America selections apiece. Hebert (14th-round) and Lopez (16th-round) signed contracts with the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees, respectively, after being selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.

Latham spent the 2011 season as the pitching coach at VMI, and guided the Keydets’ pitching staff to the fourth-lowest team ERA in school history. The 4.78 ERA was third-best in the Big South Conference. The pitching staff also recorded the fourth-fewest walks-per-nine and fourth-most strikeouts in VMI history. The Keydets also compiled the second-most saves in school history as closer Mike Devine was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List.

Prior to VMI, Latham served two seasons as a volunteer assistant at High Point in North Carolina. He was the pitching instructor, first base coach and camp director for the Panthers. The 2010 squad recorded the most NCAA D1 wins and Big South wins in school history. Panthers closer Jeremy Berg signed a free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after the 2009 season.

While at High Point, Latham also served as the Director of the Panthers Baseball Club, maintaining all aspects of the program and serving as the head coach of the 15-and-under squad.

Latham, a Covington native, was a member of the 2007 Appalachian League Champion Elizabethton Twins after being drafted in the 15th-round of the MLB Draft out of Tulane.

A closer while a four-year member of the Green Wave baseball squad, Latham recorded 13 career wins and racked up a school-record 43 saves (sixth-most in NCAA history) during his time in the Crescent City. His 122 career appearances, 121 in relief, ranks second all-time for Tulane and sixth in Conference USA history. Latham’s 121 career relief appearances are the 15th-highest total in NCAA history.

At Tulane, Latham participated in three NCAA Regionals, two Super Regionals and made one trip to the College World Series. He won a CUSA championship, was named to the 2004 CUSA All-Freshman Team, earned All-Star honors in the Cape Cod League (2006), was a 2007 pre-season All-American (NCBWA third-team) and placed on the CUSA Commissioner’s Honor Roll all four seasons.

Latham earned his degree in communications from Tulane in 2007. He, wife, Shiloh, and son, Keane, reside in Hammond. 


Andrew Gipson
Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator

Andrew Gipson joined the Southeastern Louisiana baseball coaching staff for the 2015 season instructing catchers, assisting with pitching instruction and serving as recruiting coordinator. He is also the team’s academic coordinator.
 
In his second season, the Lions enjoyed a season equally as successful as his first. Southeastern strung together a school-record 14 straight wins on their way to 40 victories, but the 2016 season will be remembered the most for Jameson Fisher’s remarkable hitting performance.
 
The redshirt junior battled back from an injury that cost him all of 2015 to lead the nation in batting average through the end of the regular season. Fisher’s average peaked at .521 in early April before entering NCAA Regional play at .437. His final .424 average was a school record and the second-highest in the nation.
 
A six-time All-American, an Academic All-American, the Southland Conference Player of the Year and the Louisiana Hitter of the Year, Fisher was also a semifinalist for the Dick Hoswer Trophy, Golden Spikes Award and Gregg Olson Award.
 
Reliever Kade Granier turned in an equally impressive regular season, allowing just one run and carrying a 0.28 ERA into the final conference series of the year. His performance earned him the title Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year.
 
Shortstop Brennan Breaud also earned top billing as the Southland Conference Freshman of the Year and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honors.

Southeastern had a Southland-leading 11 players earn All-Conference honors.

At the end of the season five players, including all four members of Southeastern’s starting rotation, were selected in the MLB Draft.

In his first season with the Lions, Southeastern set the school record for overall wins (42-17) and the Southland record for conference wins (25-5) on the way to claiming the conference's regular-season title.

Southeastern led the conference in 13 offensive categories including batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs scored, hits, runs batted in, walks, hit by pitches, sac flies and stolen bases, all after losing the conference leading-returning hitter Jameson Fisher to injury in the fall.

Sophomore outfielder Jacob Seward was named the Southland Conference Player of the Year after hitting .350, scoring 47 runs and stringing together a school-record 24-game hitting streak.

A league-high 11 players were named to the All-Conference squads and a program-record five players were named to the All-Louisiana teams.

The Lions had six conference hitters of the week (Ryan Byers, Kevin Carr, Carson Crites and Brett Hoffman while Seward won it twice). Tate Scioneaux was named the Southland's pitcher of the week three weeks running and earned state honors in back-to-back weeks.

Junior left-hander Kyle Cedotal was named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and Louisiana Pitcher of the Week after striking out a career-high 14 batters and flirting with a no-hitter against conference foe Abilene Christian (3/15/15).

Daniel Midyett and Cedotal both earned All-Region honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association while Mac Sceroler was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.

For the second-consecutive season the Lions had multiple players taken in the Major League Baseball Draft as pitchers Jake Johnson, Kyle Keller and Scioneaux were all selected.

Gipson spent the 2014 season as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. Belhaven finished the 2014 season with a 42-21 overall record and a No. 18 national ranking, hosting a regional for the second time in school history.

All-American reliever Tyler Akins led the nation with 17 saves and helped the staff to a 3.58 team ERA, the second lowest compiled by the Blazers in a 10-year span. All-American second baseman Paul Pickerell helped the team to a nation-leading 211 stolen bases.

A former player under legendary coach Hill Denson, Gipson spent the 2013 season as a graduate assistant and 2012 as a student assistant for the club. As a player he was part of three Conference championships, four NAIA Regional/Opening Round tournaments, and one NAIA World Series appearance.

Gipson has coached three All-Americans (Akins, Pickerell and Chris Good) and a pair of his players have signed professional contracts. Left-handed pitcher Brett Blaise signed a free-agent contract with the Tampa Rays following the 2012 season and catcher Kyle Wheeler was selected by the Oakland A's in the 26th round of the 2013 MLB Draft.

A native of Oneonta, Alabama, Gipson graduated Magna Cum Laude from Belhaven with degrees in psychology and sports administration. He and wife, Brittany, reside in Hammond.


Kaleb Manuel

Volunteer Assistant Coach / Camp Coordinator

Former Lion pitcher Kaleb Manuel joined the Southeastern Louisiana baseball staff for the 2016 season after serving as a high school coach and private instructor in previous years.

Manuel instructs outfielders, assists with administrative duties, as well as serving as camp coordinator. He is also responsible for field maintenance at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.

In his first season back at his alma mater, Southeastern strung together a school-record 14 straight wins on their way to 40 wins.
 
Helping lead the way, Jameson Fisher battled back from an injury that cost him all of 2015 to lead the nation in batting average through the end of the regular season. Fisher’s average peaked at .521 in early April before entering NCAA Regional play at .437. His final .424 average was a school record and the second-highest in the nation.
 
A six-time All-American, an Academic All-American, the Southland Conference Player of the Year and the Louisiana Hitter of the Year, Fisher was also a semifinalist for the Dick Hoswer Trophy, Golden Spikes Award and Gregg Olson Award.
 
Reliever Kade Granier turned in an equally impressive regular season, allowing just one run and carrying a 0.28 ERA into the final conference series of the year. His performance earned him the title Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year.
 
Shortstop Brennan Breaud also earned top billing as the Southland Conference Freshman of the Year and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honors. Southeastern had a Southland-leading 11 players earn All-Conference honors.

At the end of the season five players, including all four members of Southeastern’s starting rotation, were selected in the MLB Draft.

During the 2013-14 school year he served as assistant baseball and football coach at St. Stanislaus H.S. in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The baseball squad, under the direction of head coach Mark Logan, won district and saw players move on to the collegiate ranks at Ole Miss, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Pearl River Community College.

In two seasons with the Lions, Manuel compiled a 5-7 win-loss record on the mound to go with a 3.94 ERA. He fanned 81 batters in 96 innings of work, splitting time between the bullpen and the starting rotation.

A two-time member of the Southland Conference Honor Roll, Manuel was named the Louisiana Pitcher of the Week (May 13, 2013) after he tossed a complete game to defeat then No. 28-ranked Sam Houston State, 5-1, and snap the Bearkats 11-game winning streak.

Prior to Southeastern, Manuel spent two years pitching at perennial power LSU-Eunice, serving as team captain his sophomore season. The right-hander capped his freshman season by closing out the National Championship game for the Bengals at the NJCAA Divison II World Series.

A native of Mamou, Louisiana, Manuel graduated from Southeastern in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in general studies. He and his wife, the former Courtney Harris, reside in Hammond.