Brent Lavallee enters his fifth season as a full-time coach for the Pilots Baseball Program and his first as the Head Coach. This will be Coach Lavallee's seventh year overall as a member of the coaching staff at LSU Shreveport as he spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons as the Graduate Assistant.
During his previous four seasons as the Pilots Pitching Coach, his staff garnered top ERA in school history with a 3.09 in 2015 and the third highest of 3.46 in 2014. His 2013 staff set the school record with 15 shutouts. In his seven years at LSUS as a coach, Lavallee has helped the Pilots to an overall record of 270-91 (.747), three regular season conference titles (2011, 2012, 2014), five conference tournament titles (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016) and two appearances in the Avista-NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.
Lavallee has coached four players that went on to sign major league deals beginning with Logan Norris (Colorado Rockies in 2013), Jared Mortensen (Tampa Bay Rays in 2013), Jared West (Seattle Mariners in 2015) and Kevin Williams (Tampa Bay Rays in 2016). In addition to the major league contracts nine players have went on to sign professional contracts:
2016-Reed Lavallee-Trois-Rivieres Aigles (Can-Am League)
2015-David Diaz-Rockford Aviators (Frontier League), Vaqueros de la Laguna (LMB)
2014-Ridge Gonsoulin-Las Vegas Train Robbers (Pecos League)
2014-Caleb Olson-Las Vegas Train Robbers (Pecos League)
2013-Kyle Pearson-Ft. Worth Cats (American Association), Team USA (Men’s Slow Pitch)
2012-Brandon Cooksey-Bisbee Blues, Taos Blizard, Garden City Wind (Pecos League)
2012-Matt Lackie-Amarillo Sox (American Association)
2012-Jake Kight-Edinburg Road Runners (United League)
2011-Kevin Smith-El Paso Diablos (American Association), Rockford RiverHawks (Frontier League)
Lavallee is no stranger to the NAIA or LSUS baseball as he was on the Pilots roster for five straight seasons, including a medical red-shirt season, and as a coach for the past two seasons. He came to LSUS as a 17-year-old freshman and played in a total of 200 games throughout his four seasons. Multiple knee surgeries forced him to miss the 2008 season, his senior year, but he came back for the 2009 campaign and finished second on the team in home runs (18) and RBIs (78). His spectacular 2009 season earned him numerous awards: Gulf Coast Athletic Conference All-Conference for the second time in his LSUS career, 2nd Team All-Louisiana, NAIA All American Honorable Mention, 1st Team All-Canada, Delta Sports Amateur Athlete of the Year, and runner up for the Canadian College Baseball Player of the Year.
Lavallee's playing career coincided with a 165-74 record for at LSUS and he was a part of the school's first Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) regular season championship in 2005. In all, he played on three GCAC Tournament championship teams as well as playing in four NAIA Regional Tournaments, reaching the finals twice. He ranks 3rd on the all-time LSUS list in games played (200), 4th in doubles (41), 2nd in home runs (28), 2nd in runs batted in (142) and 4th in hit-by-pitch (41).
Coach Lavallee was born and raised in North Delta, British Columbia, Canada. He is the son of Wes and Tammy Lavallee and has two brothers, Millan and Reed. Brent played baseball, hockey and swam competitively while growing up and attending the Seaquam Secondary School. He played high school baseball for Ari Mellios on the North Delta Blue Jays of the British Columbia Premier Baseball League.
He is happily married to the former Katherine Rockwell of Shreveport and the two of them are the proud parents of Griffin (3).
Chris Barnett is in his first season on the LSU Shreveport baseball coaching staff. Primarily he will serve as the pitching coach as well as recruiting coordinator and field maintenance.
Barnett, a native of Proctorville, Ohio, played three seasons at West Virginia Tech (NAIA) and threw seven complete games in his career for the Bears. He began his coaching career in Magnolia, Arkansas, with the Southern Arkansas Muleriders where he worked with pitchers as a Graduate Assistant and had two pitchers get selected in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
During his time at SAU, Barnett helped lead the Muleriders to back-to-back conference championships and regional qualifiers.
He returned to his Alma Mater at West Virginia Tech as an Assistant Coach for the 2015 and 2016 seasons under Head Coach Lawrence Nesselrodt. Barnett’s pitching staff recorded a team ERA of 3.63, surpassing the previous staff record of 4.94, leading the Bears to an overall record of 30-25 while improving to 40-16 in 2016 which set new school record for wins (previous record for wins was 24). Five of Barnet’s pitchers were selected to the all-conference teams. The Bears received votes in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for the first time in their history.
Before committing to WVU Tech in 2009, Barnett starred on the mound at West Virginia State University as the only starting freshman pitcher on a nationally ranked NCAA team. As a Golden Bear, he was a starting pitcher and captain his senior year in 2012.
“Chris is very passionate about the game; he has a wealth of knowledge in pitching, strength and conditioning, as well as recruiting and field maintenance. I look forward to watching Chris grow as a coach at LSU Shreveport,” added Coach Lavallee.
Barnett is engaged to Hannah Dyer and he resides in Bossier City.
David Dorton is in his second season on the Pilots coaching staff. His primary focus will be with catchers and hitters. Dorton played three seasons for the Pilots from 2012 to 2014 and was the starting catcher.
As a sophomore, Dorton played a large part in guiding the 2012 stellar pitching staff, as that team went on to finish 3rd at the Avista-NAIA World Series and finished with an overall record of 54-6. His knowledge and leadership will provide this staff with some of the top baseball minds in all of the NAIA.
Under Dorton’s guidance, the 2012 (2nd) and the 2014 (3rd) ranks in the top five in Earn Run Average on the all-time LSUS list. He also got the job done at the plate and will have some quality experience to share with the hitters as he compiled a career batting average of .323 with three home runs and drove in 90 runs.
Dorton received his Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health-Physical Activity from LSU Shreveport in 2015.
Kevin Williams is in his 1st season on the LSUS staff after being one of the “Go-to Guys” on the LSUS pitching staff the past two seasons. He will serve as the first base coach, scouting director and field maintenance.
Williams was one of the top arms out of Coach Lavallee’s bullpen in 2014 making 17 appearances, including five starts, with a 2-0 record and a 3.89 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 34.2 innings of work. Last season Williams started 15 games with a 3.44 ERA as he struck out 65 hitters in 81 innings of work and posted a 5-5 record.
Williams talents was recognized by Major League Baseball scouts and he signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Rays last summer. In his first season with the Gulf Coast League Rays, he posted a 3.38 ERA in 18.2 innings of work and had 12 strikeouts.
Williams earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health-Physical Activity from LSU Shreveport in May of 2016.
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