EKU baseball has seen a couple of coaches leave the program this off-season with Tyler Hanson going to Virginia Tech and Adam Revelette heading to UAB to become the Dragons new pitching coach. With the changes Head Coach Edwin Thompson has announced that Julius McDougal has been promoted to assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He served as a volunteer assistant last season with the Colonels.
During the 2018 season McDougal served as defensive coordinator, camp coordinator, he coached infielders, and worked with hitters. Before joining the Colonels he was head coach Stillman College in Alabama. He led them to a regular season conference championship in 2016. During his second season as head coach he oversaw the program has they moved into the NAIA. In 2015 he served as an assistant at Stillman and in 20014 he was at Kentucky State.
This upcoming season McDougal will serve as recruiting coordinator, infield coach, and as assistant hitting coach. In the press release Coach Thompson said of McDougal, “I am excited to promote Julius into the role of recruiting coordinator, 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.”
Last season the Colonels were 30-31 overall and 15-15 in OVC play. Overall the team had a GPA over 3.0. After being picked to finish last in league play they finished third. The Colonels ranked among the top 25 in the country in hits (4th), runs (8th), stolen bases (11th), scoring (14th), home runs (15th), slugging percentage (20th), stolen bases per game (21st), and batting average (24th).