"One of the most respected and revered players in school history" is how Northwestern State Director of Athletics Greg Burke describes the 12th baseball coach in Demons history.
Former Northwestern State Academic All-American and All-Southland Conference first baseman Bobby Barbier took over the Demons baseball program on June 21, 2016, following a two-year stint as NSU's pitching coach.
Barbier spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons helping the Demons craft two of the lowest ERAs in recent Northwetern State baseball history.
The son of former Nicholls football coach Darren Barbier was an easy choice to succeed Lane Burroughs.
"Bobby was born to be a coach and is the son of a coach," Burke said. "He has the work ethic, interpersonal skills, baseball knowledge and, as a Demon baseball alumnus, a unique level of passion for the program, which will enable him to sustain and even enhance the team's success level."
In addition to helping guide ace Adam Oller to a pair of All-American selections, Barbier's tutelage led the Demons staff to a 3.01 ERA that ranked ninth nationally.
Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach
After spending four seasons as the head coach at Texas-Tyler, Louisiana native Chris Bertrand begins his first season as the Northwestern State pitching coach.
In his four seasons at the helm of the Patriots, Bertrand guided UT Tyler to a 119-69 record, three American Southwest Conference championships and three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances.
"Chris has been a part of championship programs at every stop and will help us develop that championship culture here at Northwestern State," head coach Bobby Barbier said.
As the Patriots head coach, Bertrand mentored six all-region players in his final two seasons, including four in 2015, led by American Southwest Conference Newcomer of the Year Jaime Paxton.
For their efforts, which included a 34-12 record and ASC regular-season and tournament championships, Bertrand and his staff were named the 2015 ASC Coaching Staff of the Year.
Assistant Coach/Hitting Coach
Former major leaguer Taylor Dugas enters his first season as the hitting coach at Northwestern State.
Dugas, a Lafayette native and Teurlings Catholic High product, was a four-year letterman at Alabama, setting school records for hits (334), singles (235), doubles (67) and triples (18).
He was a two-time, eighth-round draft pick (Chicago Cubs, 2011, New York Yankees 2012) and reached the major leagues with the Yankees in 2015.
In his four-season professional career, Dugas batted .283 and drew 195 walks while striking out just 171 times.
In addition to his duties as the hitting coach, Dugas will work with the Demons outfielders and assist with baserunning coaching.
"Taylor's one of my all-time favorites that I've ever coached," said head coach Bobby Barbier, who mentored Dugas during the latter's career at Alabama.
Volunteer Assistant Coach