Southern Jaguars baseball

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Southern Jaguars
Southern Jaguars wordmark.png
University Southern University
Head coach Kerrick Jackson[1]
Conference SWAC
Western Division
Location Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Home stadium Lee–Hines Field
(Capacity: 1,500)
Nickname Jaguars
Colors Columbia Blue and Gold[2]
NCAA Tournament champions
none, but won 1 NAIA national championship (1959) & 2 black national championships (2003, 2005)[3]
College World Series appearances
none, but participated in 4 NAIA World Series (1959–1960,[4] 1965[5]–1966[6])
Conference champions
26 official (1959–1960, 1965–1966, 1969–1970, 1972, 1974–1976, 1979, 1981, 1987–1988, 1991–1993, 1996–1999, 2001–2003, 2005, 2009) and 4 unofficial (1949, 1950, 1955–1956[7]) SWAC championships

The Southern Jaguars baseball team is a varsity intercollegiate athletic team of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States.[8] The team is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, which is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. The team plays its home games at Lee–Hines Field in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Jaguars have the most national and SWAC titles of any SWAC school. They are also tied with Alabama State for the most black national titles of any SWAC school. Though Southern was forced to discontinue its baseball program during the uncertain times of the Great Depression and World War II years (specifically from 1932 to 1947), its program was largely stable in the subsequent post-war decades; only four head coaches served at Southern between 1949 and 2017.[9]

In 1959 Southern, led by future National Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Brock, became the first historically black college or university (HBCU) to win the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national championship. In 1987 Southern became the first HBCU to win a game in the NCAA Tournament by defeating #2-ranked Cal State Fullerton. In 1996 Southern became the first HBCU to win a game in an NCAA tournament play-in by defeating Austin Peay.[10] In 2003 and 2005, Southern won black national championships.[3]

Robert Henry (Bob[11]) Lee served as coach between 1949 and 1960.[9] In addition to the 1959 NAIA national title, he also led the Jaguars to the 1960 NAIA World Series[4] and 2 official[11] and 4 unofficial SWAC titles (for the 1949, 1950, 1955, and 1956 seasons).[7] The Jaguars' baseball stadium is named in part for him.

Emory W. Hines served as coach between 1961 and 1976.[9] He led the Jaguars to 2 NAIA Area 5 titles–NAIA World Series appearances,[5][6] 4 NAIA District titles,[5][6][12][13] and 8 SWAC titles.[11] The Jaguars' baseball stadium is also named in part for him.

Leroy Boyd served as coach between 1977 and 1984.[9] He led the Jaguars to a 266–153 (.635) record and 2 SWAC titles.[11]

The Jaguars were most recently led by head coach and Southern alumnus Roger Cador. He completed his coaching career at Southern, which spanned from 1985–2017, with a 913–597–1 (.605) record, 14 SWAC titles,[14] 8 NCAA tournament appearances, 3 NCAA tournament play-in appearances,[10] and two black national titles.[3] He also holds the distinction of having coached the first HBCU player to win a Dick Howser Trophy or Golden Spikes Award (Rickie Weeks Jr., in 2003).

On July 26, 2017 Southern announced the hiring of Kerrick Jackson as head coach.[1]

Major League Baseball[edit]

Southern has had 95 Major League Baseball Draft selections since the draft began in 1965.[15]

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  1. ^ a b "Kerrick Jackson named SU Head Baseball Coach". July 26, 2017. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  2. ^ Southern University Style Guide (PDF). Retrieved December 27, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Black College Baseball Poll". Archived from the original on August 19, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "1960 NAIA College World Series". April 14, 2015. Retrieved August 14, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "1965 NAIA Area Tournaments". April 7, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c "1966 NAIA Area Tournaments". April 4, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Episode Three - Meet Coach Dan Canevari". The Coach Roger Cador Show. March 11, 2015. Retrieved 2017-08-14. 
  8. ^ "Southern Jaguars". Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Southern University and A&M College". June 28, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "Coaches". 2011. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b c d "All-Time SWAC Champions List" (PDF). (p. 4). 2009. Retrieved August 12, 2017. 
  12. ^ "1972 NAIA Area Tournaments". April 1, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2017. 
  13. ^ "1973 NAIA Area Tournaments". February 24, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2017. 
  14. ^ Mike Gegenheimer (June 1, 2017). "Iconic Southern baseball coach Roger Cador retires, to stay with Jaguars in different capacity". Retrieved July 12, 2017. 
  15. ^ "MLB Amateur Draft Picks who came from "Southern University and A&M College (Baton Rouge, LA)"". Retrieved June 14, 2015. 

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