LA Tech adds Cooper Fouts to baseball coaching staff

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adds Cooper Fouts to Coaching Staff

RUSTON, La. — Louisiana Tech head coach Lane Burroughs announced the addition of Cooper Fouts to the Louisiana Tech Baseball coaching staff on Monday. The new LA Tech assistant coach will serve as the team’s recruiting coordinator and pitching/catching coordinator.

After being hired by and working under then-Purdue head coach Mark Wasikowski during the 2018-19 school year, former LA Tech head coach and current Purdue skipper Greg Goff chose to retain Fouts as an assistant when Goff was elevated to head coach at Purdue in June 2019. The 2020-21 school year was his third season with the Boilermakers.

“One of my most honored duties is to defend the integrity and culture of Louisiana Tech Baseball,” Burroughs said. “We had numerous well-known and qualified candidates, and we did our due diligence to take our time and find the right fit for our program. We just kept coming back to Cooper Fouts.

“I’ve known Coop for over 10 years and have followed his career closely. He continually puts together phenomenal recruiting classes at places where it’s not exactly easy to recruit. He is just a recruiting machine, and I think he will be the best recruiter we’ve ever had at Louisiana Tech. He absolutely loves the chase, developing relationships and helping young men reach their goals on and off the field. He is extremely intelligent, very well connected in the baseball world and has a work ethic that is off the charts. Coop is a man of character and integrity. He is a wonderful husband and father and these are things that are important within our program. He is the perfect fit at the perfect time for Louisiana Tech Baseball. I cannot wait for our guys to get back this fall and continue to take their development to another level under Coop, coach Gaspard and Matt Miller. I couldn’t be more excited and thrilled to be sharing a dugout and coming to work every day with our staff. We want to surround ourselves with people who lift others up and make them better every day. We will continue to do everything within our power to make our fans, alumni and stakeholders proud to be Bulldogs.”

Fouts has 16 seasons of collegiate coaching experience, highlighted by five seasons over two stints at Pepperdine (2011-12, 2016-18). At Purdue, Fouts led the recruiting efforts alongside the rest of the Purdue staff. He also coached and developed Boilermaker catchers and assisted with the Purdue offense.

Before arriving at Purdue, current Pepperdine head coach Rick Hirtensteiner brought Fouts back to California in the summer of 2015. Fouts has also served as an assistant coach at Utah Valley (2013-15), College of Southern Nevada (2007-10) and Lubbock Christian University (2006). His final season at CSN featured Bryce Harper winning the Golden Spikes Award and being selected No. 1 overall in the 2010 MLB Draft. The Coyotes won 52 games and finished third at JUCO World Series that season.

Fouts helped Pepperdine win West Coast Conference titles in 2012 and 2018. He worked under current Baylor head coach Steve Rodriguez during his first term with the Waves.

“My family and I are very excited to be a part of the Louisiana Tech Family,” Fouts said. “We are very thankful to Dr. Wood and coach Burroughs for giving us this opportunity.

“We look forward to helping the LA Tech Baseball program continue to excel both on and off the field.”

In his second stint at Pepperdine, Fouts’ recruits helped the program post an 11-win improvement in 2018. The Waves won the WCC with a 17-10 record after being 8-19 the year prior. Pepperdine’s 2012 team won 36 games and was a finalist at the Palo Alto Regional.

Fouts also served as a recruiting coordinator at Utah Valley, where he helped the Wolverines win 71 games over three seasons. He played a key role in helping build a roster that went on to lead Utah Valley to 37 wins and an NCAA Regional berth in 2016 as the Western Athletic Conference Tournament champion.

In Fouts’ final season at College of Southern Nevada, nine pitchers were drafted and 14 more student-athletes were signed by NCAA Division I programs. CSN won three conference titles, two Region 18 championships and Western District tournament in 2010 during his four seasons on the coaching staff.

Fouts graduated from Las Vegas’ baseball powerhouse Bishop Gorman High School in 2001. He was selected in the 26th round of the MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics, but he opted to enroll at the College of Southern Nevada. After one season, he made the move to the Division I level where he played in over 150 games as a three-year starting catcher for Texas Tech from 2003-05.

Fouts was part of a pair of NCAA Tournament wins as a junior at Texas Tech. He helped TTU’s 2004 team win 40 games and earn the No. 2 seed at the Atlanta Regional. As the Red Raiders’ starting catcher in all four games of the regional, he helped TTU defeat Mississippi State twice and earned a spot on the All-Regional Team. He was recognized as honorable mention All-Big 12 as a senior after again being among the top defensive backstops and top-throwing catchers in the league.

The former Red Raider earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise sports science from Texas Tech in 2006.

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What They’re Saying About Cooper Fouts:

“I love Cooper Fouts. He is a great coach and a great man. Louisiana Tech and coach Burroughs have made a great choice with his hiring. Cooper is a diligent and successful recruiter and does a tremendous job developing student-athletes not only as baseball players, but also as young men.”

– Rick Hirtensteiner, Pepperdine Head Coach

“I am very excited for Lane Burroughs and the rest of the Bulldog community to have Cooper Fouts joining their baseball staff. Cooper is an amazing young man with high energy, amazing work ethic, and quality character and values in everything he does. He and his wife Bri will bless the Louisiana Tech community both on and off the field.”

– Steve Rodriguez, Baylor Head Coach

“Cooper has a proven track record for developing baseball players and is one of the most humble and brightest coaches I have ever met. The attention to detail he possesses to find the balance between learning and teaching is second to none. His tireless work ethic, hunger to learn and relationship building skills will be of great benefit for the Louisiana Tech baseball team.”

– Emanuel Sifuentes, Seattle Mariners Assistant Director of Player Development

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