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Andrew Gipson
Associate Head Coach / Academic Coordinator

Andrew Gipson joined the Southeastern Louisiana baseball coaching staff for the 2015 season, earning a promotion to associate head coach after the 2018 season. He is the Lions’ pitching coach and instructs catchers, previously serving as both the Lions’ recruiting and academic coordinator.

His tenure at Southeastern has been marked by the most successful run in program history, having the opportunity to coach three Southland Conference Players of the Year in addition to a conference relief pitcher of the year and conference freshman of the year.

He came to Southeastern after serving the 2014 season as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater, Belhaven. A former player under legendary coach HillDensonGipson spent the 2013 season as a graduate assistant and 2012 as a student assistant for the club.

Gipson was part of three Conference championships, four NAIA Regional/Opening Round tournaments, and one NAIA World Series appearance as a player.

A native of Oneonta, Alabama, Gipson graduated Magna Cum Laude from Belhaven with degrees in psychology and sports administration. He and his wife, the former Brittany Cary, reside in Hammond.
 
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2018 (Southeastern): The Lions challenged for the conference title until the final weekend of the regular season, set the school record for stolen bases, cracked the regular-season polls for the second time in program history and extended their winning streak over SEC powerhouse Mississippi State … finished third nationally with 136 stolen bases … broke program record (122) for steals in a single season ... third straight season the Lions finished in the nation’s Top 10 … earned a national ranking during the regular season for just the second time in program history ... cracking Collegiate Baseball poll at No. 28 after 5-0 week that included shutout of Purdue, win over No. 19-ranked Mississippi State and sweep of road conference series … win over Mississippi State at MGM Park in Biloxi extended Southeastern’s winning streak over the Bulldogs to six straight … five Lions earned All-Conference honors … three were drafted ... Josh Green (Arizona, 14th round), Daniel Wasinger (Arizona, 31st round) and Avans (Los Angeles-NL, 33rd round) became members of the second largest draft class in program history.
 
2017 (Southeastern): NCAA Tournament participant … junior infielder Taylor Schwaner enjoyed a breakout season on his way to picking up the Southland Conference Player of the Year award … as late as May 11, Schwaner was third nationally in RBI … Schwaner and Carson Crites finished 1-2 in the Southland in RBI … Drew Avans finished ninth nationally in stolen bases … Southeastern’s trademark aggressive base running led to 118 stolen bases, ranking fifth nationally … Mac Sceroler broke the school’s consecutive scoreless innings record (36.2) … Sceroler (5th round, Cincinnati) and Crites (25th round, Minnesota) were drafted and signed professional contracts.
 
2016 (Southeastern): NCAA Tournament participant … the Lions strung together a school-record 14 straight wins on their way to 40 victories … 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 … his final .424 average was a school record and 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 … Lion pitchers tossed a conference-leading, and school-record, nine shutouts (fifth nationally) … staff led Southland in ERA (3.01), strikeouts (463) and opponent batting average (.235) … Kade Granier named Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year, allowing just one run and carrying a 0.28 ERA into the final conference series of the year … Mac Sceroler led the Southland in wins (10) … Kyle Cedotal was named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week for the second time in his career … all four members of Southeastern’s starting rotation (CedotalScerolerDomenick Carlini, Pat Cashman) were selected in the MLB Draft.
 
2012-14 (Belhaven): Gipson coached three All-Americans and a pair signed professional contracts, including catcher Kyle Wheeler who was selected by the Oakland A’s in the 26th round of the 2013 MLB Draft … the Blazers 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.


Veteran coach Tim Donnelly joins the Southeastern Louisiana staff for the 2019 season, serving as the Lions’ hitting coach and recruiting coordinator.
 
Donnelly comes to Hammond after spending the past two seasons as both the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at Middle Tennessee State. Prior to that, he spent 10 seasons as an assistant at Marshall - serving the last five as both recruiting coordinator and hitting coach.
 
He was named the Conference USA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2016, his final season with the Thundering Herd. Donnelly had the nation’s No. 34-ranked signing class in 2011, following up with the No. 50-ranked class in 2012.
 
During his time at Marshall, 25 players were either drafted or signed as free agents with an MLB franchise, including the highest pick in school history (Aaron Blair - 36th overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks). 
 
Blair, Emmanuel Burris (33rd overall by the San Francisco Giants, 2006), Dan Straily and Kevin Shackelford are all Donnelly products that have reached the Major League level.
 
After spending the 2005 season as an assistant coach at Malone College in #, Donnelly joined the staff at Kent State and helped guide the Golden Flashes to a conference title in 2006.
 
His father, Rich Donnelly, was an MLB coach for more than 30 years, most recently serving as third base coach with the Seattle Mariners (2014-15). He worked with various MLB teams including the Texas Rangers (1980, 83-85), Pittsburgh Pirates (1986-1996), Florida Marlins (1997-1998), Colorado Rockies (1999-2002), Milwaukee Brewers (2003-2005), and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2006-2007). Rich Donnelly also served as the bullpen coach for USA Baseball, the gold-medal winners in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Donnelly earned a bachelor's degree in sports fitness and leisure studies in 2004 from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, lettering two seasons for the baseball team under head coach Steve Coleman. He received his associate's degree in arts and science from Northeast Texas Community College in 2001, and lettered in baseball two seasons for head coach Chad Tidwell.

He is married to the former Kellie Schmitt. A three-time former C-USA Player of the Year, she lettered in tennis at Marshall University from 2005-2009. Tim and Kellie welcomed their first child, Drew Bryson Donnelly, on September 28th, 2017.
 
 
Middle Tennessee State
Donnelly was hired as Middle Tennessee’s recruiting coordinator and hitting coach, as well as additional on-field duties in July of 2016. In addition, Donnelly also worked defensively with Blue Raider catchers and coached third base. 

Middle Tennessee exploded under Donnelly's instruction in 2017, improving in nearly every offensive category, including batting average, hits, runs scored, doubles, home runs, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, and stolen bases. The Blue Raiders ranked second in Conference USA with a .306 batting average (24th in NCAA), and 606 hits (13th in NCAA).

Home run totals more than doubled from 2016 (18) to 2017 (46). Six starters in the Middle Tennessee lineup hit .300 or better after having only one do so in 2016.

The Blue Raiders finished the 2017 season as the only school in C-USA to have three players finish in the conference’s top eight in batting average.

In 2018, the Blue Raiders hit .280 as a team and finished third in C-USA in runs scored (354), third in RBI (313), third in on-base percentage (.369), and fourth in home runs (50).

Under Donnelly, the 2018 Blue Raiders improved offensively in triples, home runs, and walks. Google Cloud Academic All-American Aaron Aucker put together his best offensive year under Donnelly’s tutelage. The senior posted a .340 average, a career-high 14 home runs, and led C-USA in RBIs with 71.

The Blue Raiders were a force to be reckoned with on the base paths, swiping a league high 75 bags on just 93 attempts.


Marshall
Donnelly, who spent 10 seasons at Marshall, was named C-USA assistant coach of the year in 2016 after helping lead the Herd to one of its best seasons in recent history, setting school records for most overall wins and conference wins in 2016.

Marshall was one C-USA’s top hitting teams in 2016. The Herd hit .285 as a team, finishing second in the league in slugging percentage and home runs (60).
 
In 2012, Donnelly was named Marshall’s recruiting coordinator in addition to his duties as an assistant coach. He worked primarily with the infielders and coached third base during his time at Marshall.


Kent State
Prior to Marshall, Donnelly spent one year at Kent State as an assistant coach. He helped the Golden Flashes capture the Mid-American Conference regular-season championship. Donnelly’s responsibilities included working with infielders, assisting with hitting, and coaching first base. He also handled field maintenance and camp duties.
 
 
Malone College
In 2005, Donnelly served as an assistant coach at Malone College, where he handled the infielders, hitting and recruiting. He also served as an assistant coach with the Stark County Terriers summer league baseball team (Great Lakes Summer League) in 2005, and helped lead the team to a league title.

 

 

Trey Caswell

Volunteer Assistant Coach / Camp Coordinator

Trey Caswell joined the Lion coaching staff in the summer of 2018 after spending the past season as an assistant coach at LSU Alexandria. In addition to his coaching duties, he will coordinate camps, equipment and program operations.
 
“Trey is a young, energetic coach,” head coach Matt Riser said. “He’s worked a few of our camps and shown the intangibles to be at this level. He brings a wealth of knowledge and organizational skills that set him apart from others his age. Being from Louisiana and having played in state, he has a lot of local ties to high school coaches that will help with recruiting and our camps.”
 
As a player, the native of Eunice, Louisiana helped lead the Generals to back-to-back RRAC titles and a trip to the NAIA national tournament. Prior to LSUA, Caswell spent two seasons playing for LSU Eunice, his hometown school. During his time with the Bengals, he teamed with former Southeastern outfielder Trenon Trosclair to win the NJCAA national championship in 2015.


LSU ALEXANDRIA
Caswell served as an assistant coach on the staff of Steve Adams, winner of back-to-back Red River Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors.
 
Working with the infielders, instructing hitters, and overseeing the strength and conditioning program, Caswell helped guide LSUA to the NAIA national tournament in 2018, his first season as a coach. The Generals finished the year as the No. 17-ranked team in the NAIA with 117 stolen bases.