RUSTON, La. (July 1, 2014) – Louisiana Tech head baseball coach Greg Goff announced Tuesday the addition of former Mississippi State assistant, Jake Wells, as an assistant coach to the Bulldog coaching staff.
Wells, a former player under Goff at the University of Montevallo in 2004-05, comes to LA Tech after serving two seasons as the coordinator of camps and volunteer assistant coach at Mississippi State.
“I am extremely excited for Jake to join our staff here in Ruston,” Goff said. “He is an energetic young coach that has a great reputation for developing hitters and he is very respected in this business. We are thrilled he is bringing that experience to Louisiana Tech and this baseball program.”
While at Mississippi State, Wells was primarily responsible for coaching first base for the Bulldogs, working with the catchers and coordinating the team’s winter and summer baseball camps.
In 2013, Wells coached two catchers who went on to sign professional contracts and followed up in 2014 by coaching Mississippi State’s Gavin Collins, the first All-Southeastern Conference freshman catcher in the 124-year history of the program. Wells was also a part of a Mississippi State coaching staff that led the Bulldogs to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, including finishing as finalists in the 2013 College World Series.
“The opportunity to be with Coach Goff again, now as an assistant coach, is exciting,” Wells said. “I am eager for the opportunity to get on the road and recruit so we can put our fingerprints on this program. We want to continue to build on the success that Louisiana Tech is used to having.”
A native of Devine, Texas, Wells is the first to join Goff’s staff, as he brings a total of seven years of coaching experience to Ruston, including a two-year stint as head coach at Marion Military Institute in Marion, Ala. In all, Wells spent five years at MMI beginning in 2008, while taking over as head coach for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Over the course of five seasons at Marion, Wells coached 11 players who earned all-conference and all-region accolades, including the 2010 Alabama Community College Conference Player of the Year, Luis Pollorena, who is currently a member of the Texas Rangers’ organization.
The 31-year-old has also served as camp manager for youth baseball camps in Montevallo, Ala., and Devine, Texas, while also serving as the manager for the Alabama Special Olympics State Tournament.
In his prep days, Wells was an all-state catcher at Devine High School in his hometown. After high school, he continued his baseball career at Blinn College, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Andalusia Ala., and eventually at the University of Montevallo, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 2005 in kinesiology and health promotions.
In addition to his previous coaching stints, Wells also played professional baseball in the United League with the Laredo Broncos in 2009 and 2010.
Wells is married to the former Melissa Sherrod of Longview, Texas.
His hiring is pending the approval of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.
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