Bulldogs face Nevada in game one of WAC Tournament on Wednesday at 9 p.m. CT
Louisiana Tech hosts Grambling State as the Bulldogs wear their 1980-era throwback jerseys.
Entering his 11th season as the hitting coach for Bulldog baseball, Fran Andermann will once again lead an offense that hit .287 as a team during the 2012 campaign as Tech returns ten hitters who compiled at least 40 at-bats in 2012 including eight starters.
Much like 2011, the Bulldogs continued playing small ball in 2012 with 36 sacrifice hits and only one Bulldog hitter reached double-digits in home runs as senior Alex Williams led the team in home runs (12) and tied for first in the WAC for the most home runs by a single player.
Under Andermann's tutelage, the 2011 Bulldogs reverted back to small-ball as the offense combined to hit 28 home runs, the lowest total in a single-season since 1973.
Using the new BBCOR bats, Andermann's offense recorded 32 sacrifice hits and 19 sacrifice flies. Only one player, Will Alvis, reached double-digit home runs (10). Among the returning hitters, five ended 2011 with batting averages over .300, led by Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Ryan Gebhardt's .343 batting average. First baseman and senior Alex Williams led Tech with 53 RBIs in 2011 and will continue to hit in the cleanup spot.
Two of the players drafted in the 2011 MLB Draft, Kyle Roliard and Mark Threlkeld, combined for 10 home runs, 71 RBI, 147 hits and 15 stolen bases. Roliard hit at a .330 clip while Threlkeld hit .309 in 61 games. Roliard was named first team all-WAC while Threlkeld and Gebhardt received second team all-WAC honors.
During the 2010 season Andermann's offense shattered four single-season school records for hits (697), runs (484), doubles (141) and RBI (441) while a total of five student-athletes were tabbed all-WAC. In total, the Bulldogs finished the season ranked amongst the NCAA leaders in 10 offensive categories including rankings in the top 25 in team batting average, scoring, home runs per game and slugging percentage.
The Bulldogs' .336 batting average in 2010 marked the highest total since the 1958 squad hit at a .343 clip. Against conference opponents, there was no drop off offensively as Tech hit a blistering .363 against WAC schools.
Andermann's instruction not only directly correlated to numerous team records falling, but he was also instrumental in various individual marks being set - most notably with NCBWA Pre-Season First Team All-American and ABCA All-South Central Region performer, Devon Dageford.
In just two years under Andermann's instruction, Dageford ranked sixth in school history for career batting average at .377, fourth in career home runs (40) and tied for 10th in school history with 325 total bases. Furthermore, the slugger established a new school record with 21 doubles in a season while his 85 hits in a season was the second most in program history.
In 2009 Louisiana Tech hitters etched their names into the Tech record books in a number of different categories offensively. As a team the Bulldogs tied the 2007 team's record of 408 RBI in a season. The team also hit 92 homeruns which was second most all-time at LA Tech. The team also totaled the second highest batting average ever at Tech at .323 as well as scoring the third most runs in Tech history with 438, trailing only the 2007 and 1988 teams.
Tech's offense was also ranked nationally in a number of categories. The Bulldogs ranked 11th nationally in homeruns per game, 13th in slugging percentage, 16th in total team home runs, 22nd in the nation in scoring, 46th in batting average and 64th in total runs scored.
2008's team had its fair share of stars in the outfield as well. Jericho Jones finished the season leading the team with a .364 batting average and a .611 slugging percentage, earning All-WAC First Team honors. Centerfielder Adam Cobb concluded the season in the top three of several statistical categories among the Bulldogs, including batting average, hits, runs, doubles, triples and stolen bases. He was awarded all-WAC second team honors.
Tech recorded one of its most productive seasons offensively in history in 2007 with an overall batting average of .310. The team compiled the most hits (642), runs (447) and RBIs (408) in Tech history. Under Andermann's leadership, outfielder Brian Rike was named Tech's first-ever WAC Player of the Year with a .346 average, 20 home runs and 66 RBI. Rike was also named to three all-America teams after the 2007 season.
The 2006 team had an overall batting average of .311, third-best in Tech history, and hit 64 home runs. Led by freshman Jericho Jones who was not only awarded WAC Freshman of the Year, but he was also named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team. Jones batted .370 on the year and slugged 16 home runs. His home run total shattered the previous freshman home run total, which was 13 home runs, set by T.J. Soto in 1996.
While helping produce some of the best hitting teams in school history Andermann has had 18 former hitters receive all-WAC honors. Three of the 18 received the award twice, Brandon Hudson (2005 & 2006), Jericho Jones (2006 & 2007) and Mark Threlkeld (2010 & 2011).
Tech head coach Wade Simoneaux hired Andermann after becoming head coach in August 2002.
"Fran brings a lot of baseball experience to the table, he coached with me for 15 years in American Legion and Connie Mack baseball," Simoneaux said.
During his tenure, Andermann's team accomplished 10 state American Legion titles, four American Legion World Series appearances, one Connie Mack state title and one Connie Mack World Series appearance. He also has seven years of major league scouting experience.
Andermann is married to his wife Pamela and has two daughters, Lindsay and Cassie. Lindsay is married to Jerehmiar Maturin of New Iberia and the couple has three children. Cassie is married to Jules Guste of Slidel and they have one child. Both couples reside in Houston, Texas.
Andermann is a 1968 graduate of Ascension Catholic High School and a 2000 graduate of Upper Iowa University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in management. He also served in the United States Marine Corps and brings a strong, discipline approach to the game.
"Fran has become one of the best hitting instructors in the South," Simoneaux said. "His relentless work ethic has turned many average hitters into exceptional hitters. His hands-on approach has made a tremendous difference in the way our guys perform."
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