Bulldogs face Nevada in game one of WAC Tournament on Wednesday at 9 p.m. CT
Brent Porche begins his second season at Louisiana Tech as the Bulldogs assistant coach.
Porche will assist with the development of Tech's catchers and will serve as the bullpen coach during the season. In addition to helping out in the scouting department for the Bulldogs, Porche will also assist Dr. David Szymanski with the strength and conditioning program.
In 2011, catcher Clint Ewing threw out 15 base runners while picking off two in 53 games. The durable Ewing started 51 games with backup Tyler Qualls starting 13 games at catcher/DH.
A native of Baton Rouge, Porche began his collegiate career at Tech prior to transferring to Louisiana State University in Shreveport where he was instrumental in the Pilot's first ever regular season Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championship team in 2005. During his four seasons in Shreveport, Porche led LSUS to three consecutive GCAC tournament championships from 2006-08 as the squad finished as the Region XIII runners-up on three occasions.
"He has tremendous catching experience," said Simoneaux. "He is the son of a coach and he is a good kid and a family man. He'll work with our catchers predominantly and be our bullpen coach during the season while helping out with scouting reports. He's a good young man that will work hard for us."
While in school, Porche assisted LSUS associate head coach Chris Bertrand with the Gametime Academy Angels 18U baseball team during the summer of 2007 and 2008. The Angles notched back-to-back quarterfinal appearances in the Premier Baseball World Championships while totaling four tournament titles.
After his eligibility expired as a student-athlete, Porche spent the 2009 season as a student assistant under head coach Rocke Musgraves while finishing his undergraduate degree before he was promoted to graduate assistant during the 2010 season.
As a graduate assistant, Porche instructed both outfielders and catchers while assisting Musgraves with the Pilot offense as the team captured the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament Championship in 2010.
Under the direction of Porche, the LSUS offense established single-season school records in runs scored (614), walks (366) and homeruns (103) during the 2009 campaign.
In his two seasons on the Pilots coaching staff, Porche instructed OF Chase Wentz, an 18th round selection in the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and C Andrew Brouillette, a 2010 all-American honoree.
Porche received his master's degree in kinesiology in sports performance at Louisiana Tech in August, 2011. Porche is married to the former Crystal Jones of Bossier City and has one son, Braiden.