Alex Holderbach Drafted By Houston Astros, Fourth Colonel Drafted In Last Three YearsJunior catcher Alex Holderbach was drafted in the 16th round by the Houston Astros on Wednesday in the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft. Holderbach was the 492nd overall pick, the 41st catcher chosen and the 16th player taken by the Astros. Read More
· Head Baseball Coach Eastern Kentucky University
Professional Baseball Coordinator
Current associate scout with the Baltimore Orioles
Camp Hitting Coordinator
Jayson Langfels, a former Eastern Kentucky University All-American, a 2010 draft pick of the Colorado Rockies and a native of Lexington, rejoined the Colonel baseball program as a volunteer assistant coach in July of 2018.
Langfels served as EKU’s director of baseball operations during the 2016 season. In 2018, he was the team’s graduate assistant and director of player development. In his new role, Langfels will serve as the Colonels’ hitting coach, catching coach and camp coordinator.
“I am humbled to get the opportunity to be a part of the coaching staff here at Eastern Kentucky University,” said Langfels. “EKU holds a very special place in my heart and I am looking forward to serving our players.”
Camp Defensive Coordinator
Julius McDougal was promoted to assistant coach/recruiting coordinator in the summer of 2018. He first joined the EKU baseball program in the summer of 2017 as the program’s volunteer assistant.
In 2018, McDougal served as defensive coordinator, camp coordinator, coached infielders, coordinated the base running and bunting program and worked with hitters. He also assisted in the team’s recruiting efforts. McDougal will now serve as the program’s recruiting coordinator, infield coach and assistant hitting coach.
“I am excited to promote Julius into the role of recruiting coordinator,” Thompson said. “His background as a head coach made him stand out for the role. He’s organized and can handle a lot at one time. He will again work with our hitters and coach the infielders. Julius has outstanding knowledge, passion and work ethic. He is one of the top young coaches in college baseball and I’m excited to see what he can do in this new role.”