Joe Miller BallPark
The 2018 season marks the 52nd year of McNeese Cowboy baseball, the home turf that has been the site of over 700 victories, multiple championship teams as well as many of the greatest players in program history. Read More
When hired as the 13th head coach in McNeese Baseball history on June 21, 2013, Hill’s main focus was to bring a baseball program that was made of championship caliber in all aspects to McNeese State University.
Hill had spent the last couple of seasons at ULM as well as at other Southland Conference schools such as Southeastern Louisiana and Sam Houston State and established himself as one of the top assistants in the region.
His experience in recruiting as well as knowledge of the game has paid huge dividends as the status of the Cowboy baseball program has returned to one of the top levels of competition across the Southland Conference in his first three seasons as the skipper.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Nick Zaleski enters his second season with the McNeese baseball program where he serves as the hitting coach and coordinator of camps for the Cowboys.
In his first season with McNeese, Zaleski was able to develop a squad that posted huge numbers across the board. The Pokes wrapped up the season with a .274 batting average along with 91 doubles, 16 triples and 29 home runs. The hitters also collected 263 RBI and swiped 59 bases on 92 attempts for a 64 percent success rate on the basepaths. The Cowboys’ 16 triples were the most since 2013. He coached two players who earned All-Southland honors including Connor Crane and Lewis Guilbeau and also helped McNeese post its third consecutive 30-win season as well as five victories over top-25 programs, including a 7-0 shutout over ninth-ranked LSU in Baton Rouge.
Zaleski came to Lake Charles after spending three seasons as a volunteer assistant for the UTSA Roadrunners. His knowledge of the game helped the UTSA baseball club produce some of the top offensive numbers in both the Western Athletic Conference and Conference-USA.
Jimmy Ricklefsen, who spent 15 years at McNeese as a player, assistant coach and head coach, and most recently as an assistant at Lamar, returned home last season to coach the Cowboys once again and enters his second season as an assistant on head coach Justin Hill’s staff.
Ricklefsen, who enters his 30th year of coaching Division I baseball, spent last season as a quality control coach for McNeese and was elevated to an assistant coach over the summer by Hill and will serve as the first base coach for the Pokes.
Before returning home to McNeese, Ricklefsen served 18 years on the staff at Lamar, including six as an associate head coach, helped guide the Cardinals to two conference championships, two league tournament titles and six NCAA Regionals appearances. He was the recruiting coordinator in addition to coaching third base, working with the infielders, defensive alignment and assisting with the hitters.
Student Assistant Coach