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Maroon sweeps Gold in fall "Blood" Series!
The Maroon Team completed the sweep of the ULM baseball Maroon & Gold "Blood Series" with an 11-3 victory over the Gold Team Tuesday night at Warhawk Field. As the losers of the series, the members of the Gold Team will donate blood to the Lifeshare Blood Center.
Warhawks announce the signing of six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent
ULM baseball head coach Jeff Schexnaider announced the signing of six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play for the Warhawks beginning with the 2009 season.
The class includes three Louisiana players.
Charged with restoring a proud baseball tradition at ULM, head coach Jeff Schexnaider has accepted the challenge and answered the call through his first four seasons at the helm of the Warhawk program.
Schexnaider, the 2008 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year, guided the Warhawks to a Sun Belt regular season conference championship in just his second season. He followed that success by leading the Warhawks to the 2009 Sun Belt Tournament Championship Game. ULM's march to the title game featured an elimination game against third-seed and host Troy and two elimination games against regular season co-champion Western Kentucky.
Those two accomplishments are elevated by the fact that the Sun Belt consistently ranks among the top seven conferences in the NCAA based on RPI. Schexnaider has amassed a 112-117 record in his four seasons on the Bayou.
During his four seasons as ULM's skipper, the Warhawks have posted the three highest home run totals in school history. In fact, ULM combined for more home runs in 2008 and 2009 (178) than it did in the four seasons (2003-06 - 153 home runs) before Schexnaider took over the club.
The Warhawks put together their most successful back-to-back seasons since the 2000 and 2001 campaigns with a combined 66 victories in 2008 and 2009. Over the past three seasons the Warhawks have knocked off four ranked teams - all on the road - including a victory over No. 5 Arkansas in 2009. ULM became the first team to defeat Ole Miss on opening day since 1981 when it defeated the No. 17 Rebels 6-5 to open the 2010 season. ULM defeated a pair of teams that advanced to the 2009 College World Series - Arkansas and Southern Miss - and came within two extra-inning losses of sweeping their series against both schools.
The offensive and defensive transformation under Schexnaider has been remarkable to say the least. ULM has posted the top two team batting averages, the top two hits totals, two of the top three runs scored totals, two of the top three doubles totals, the top two RBI totals, two of the top four fielding percentage totals and the top two double plays turned totals in school history.
Under his guidance Ben Soignier became one of the best players in ULM history and one of the best players in the NCAA. Soignier, who is ULM's only three-time All-American, holds the ULM career records for at-bats, hits, doubles and total bases, while ranking second in runs scored, third in home runs, third in RBIs, fourth in stolen bases and 10th in saves.
ULM has had a player earn All-America honors in each of the last three seasons under Schexnaider's guidance. Judd Edwards joined the list of elite players in Warhawk history in 2010 when Ping!Baseball tabbed him to their Freshman All-America squad.
Two Warhawks have been selected in the Major League Baseball First Year Player's Draft in three of Schexnaider's four seasons as head coach.
The 2009 Warhawks featured a trio of All-Sun Belt selections and Boomer Blanchard was named Sun Belt Conference Newcomer of the Year. Blanchard tallied the second most hits in a single-season in ULM history in addition to scoring the third most runs and accumulating the seventh most total bases.
ULM finished 18th in the country in double plays turned (64), 27th in runs scored (485), 29th in home runs (85), 33rd in slugging percentage (.519), 34th in hits (685) and 38th in batting average (.325).
In 2008, the Schexnaider led Warhawks set school records in hits (697), doubles (139), home runs (93), RBIs (465), total bases (1,141) and double plays turned (76). ULM finished just one run shy of the runs scored record and finished the season leading the NCAA in double plays turned per game averaging 2.71.
Under his guidance, Soignier earned All-America honors from both Louisville Slugger and Ping!Baseball. Soignier and Dexter Fontenot were named first team all-conference, while Kyle Suire and Ryan McMillan were tabbed to the second team. Fontenot also earned ProLine National Hitter of the Week honors during the 2008 season.
Fontenot set the single-season school record with 67 RBIs, while Soignier set records in runs scored (83), hits (93) and total bases (166). Soignier finished as the NCAA leader in runs per game (1.29).
The Warhawks finished the season ranked in the top 25 nationally in 11 different categories: batting average (16th), runs per game (10th), total runs (22nd), hits (22nd), doubles per game (16th), doubles (22nd), home runs per game (8th), home runs (13th), slugging percentage (7th), double plays turned per game (1st) and double plays turned (2nd).
In his first season, Schexnaider led ULM to a 29-28 overall record and a 15-14 mark in the Sun Belt, finishing just a half game out of second place in the seventh best league in the nation. The Warhawks set the then school home run record with 70 on the season, passing the previous mark of 62 set in 1986; a team for which Schexnaider played and hit seven home runs.
The Warhawks finished the season ranked 14th in the NCAA averaging 1.23 home runs per game and 28th in the nation with a slugging percentage of .477. Under his direction, David Mixon finished 73rd in the NCAA with eight saves.
Schexnaider's presence was felt immediately when Soignier was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America Team following the 2006 season. The shortstop, who played for Schexnaider at West Monroe High School, hit .348 with five home runs, 10 doubles, one triple and 30 RBIs.
Schexnaider took over the reins of the Warhawks midway through the 2006 campaign, coaching the final 42 games of the season. ULM started the season 0-13 prior to Schexnaider taking control of the team. When Schexnaider took charge of the program, the Warhawks went 18-24 over the course of the season.
His return to the program signaled the beginning of a new era for the ULM baseball program not only on the field, but also with large scale improvements to Warhawk Field.
Since taking over as head coach, Schexnaider led improvements to the facility have included the creation of an outfield student section, improvements to both home and visitor dugouts, a three foot brick wall enclosing the playing field down both foul lines, new patio areas down both the right and left field lines, upgrades to the locker room, a new exterior fence and a children's playground down the right-field line.
Prior to the 2011 season, additional improvements were made to the ULM locker room and the Warhawk Field press box was renovated in preparation for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
After graduating from ULM, Schexnaider spent two seasons as a graduate assistant for the Warhawks under legendary coach Lou St. Amant, before embarking on a head coaching career at the Louisiana high school level. Schexnaider's head coaching career began at his former high school, Catholic High in Baton Rouge, La. From there, he coached for four years at Ouachita Parish High, during which time he led OPHS to a district championship in 1992.
His early head coaching success landed him the head coaching position at West Monroe High School. During his ten years at West Monroe, Schexnaider built the Rebels into one of the state's top programs.
Schexnaider led West Monroe to 10 consecutive district championships and an appearance in the 1996 5A State Championship Game. The Rebels made a return trip to the Louisiana State Championship Game three years later in 1998, this time bringing home the hardware. All told, in Schexnaider's career at West Monroe, he led teams to two state title games and to five state semifinals.
Schexnaider was named Louisiana State Coach of the Year on four different occasions, received 2-5A District Coach of the Year 10 times, was the head coach of the Louisiana High School Baseball All-Star Team and served as the vice-president of the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association.
He has long been one of the most avid supporters of baseball in the area, promoting the game whenever the opportunity presents itself. He has become one of the most popular speakers at various baseball organizations as well as coach's clinics throughout Louisiana.
Schexnaider returned to the college ranks in 2005 as an assistant coach on the Warhawk staff.
His playing career at ULM began in the 1985 season as an infielder after two seasons at Gulf Coast Community College. He played for the Warhawks for two seasons, posting a team-high .342 batting average in 1986.
He received both his bachelor's degree and master's degree from ULM. He earned a B.S. in health education in 1987 and a M.S. in education in 1989.
A lifelong Warhawk, Phil Keifenheim is in his seventh season as a volunteer assistant and camp coordinator for the ULM baseball team.
Keifenheim promotes the ULM baseball team by serving as its camp coordinator, as well as organizing and directing the events for the ULM coaching staff.
A lifelong educator, Keifenheim hosts at least three camps a year for area youth and Warhawk fans. His annual fall holiday camps and summer camps have not only been great successes for ULM, they have provided the Northeast Louisiana community with an affordable opportunity for its youth to learn the game of baseball.
A 29-year veteran of the game of baseball, he lettered at ULM in 1979 and 1980. Currently, Keifenheim is in his 30th year of teaching economics at West Monroe High School. During his tenure with the Rebels, he has coached baseball, football, basketball, softball and tennis.
A native of Mount Calvary, Wisc., Keifenheim and his wife, Jane, live in West Monroe. The couple has two daughters, Amy and Jill.