Travis Creel Promoted to Hitting Coach and Recruiting Coordinator
July 7, 2017
RUSTON, La. - On Friday morning, Louisiana Tech head baseball coach Lane Burroughs announced the promotion of assistant coach Travis Creel to hitting coach and recruiting coordinator for a Bulldog Baseball program that is coming off of consecutive 35-win seasons.
"Travis is a winner,” Burroughs said. “It was an absolute no brainer to promote him to our hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. He is a great evaluator of talent and his baseball knowledge is well beyond his years. He is definitely one of the young, hungry lions in our profession. I leaned on him a lot during games and practices this season and the guy is just always on his game"
As the volunteer assistant for the Diamond ‘Dogs last season, he coached first base while also working with the Bulldog hitters and infield. Over that time, Creel has built a strong rapport with Bulldogs who will be returning to campus in September for fall practice.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to continue to work with our returners and the many new faces we have coming to campus,” Creel said. “We are a program on the rise and we look forward to building on the success of last season and continuing to create a winning culture in Ruston.”
Over the past year working with the infield, the Bulldogs saw significant results defensively, ranking first (tied with Charlotte) in Conference USA in fielding percentage. Second baseman Jordan Washam ended the regular season with the fewest errors among Conference USA players with at least 100 assists on the year.
"We led the league in fielding with a unit that had zero depth,” Burroughs continued. “Travis is an old school soul that believes in hard work and being a forever-student of the game. We are fortunate to have him and his family in Ruston. His name is one you will hear about for years to come."
Prior to his time in Ruston, Creel spent two seasons at Jones County Community College where he served as the hitting coach, infield coach and recruiting coordinator. In 2016, he helped guide a powerful Bobcat’ offense to an NJCAA Division II National Championship.
The Ocean Springs, Mississippi native began his collegiate coaching career serving as the hitting coach at Meridian Community College, where he also spent time working with the infield.
"He is a man of character,” Burroughs remarked. “I watch him interact with his young son and his wife. He is definitely someone I want recruiting and teaching our young men"
An already-established name in Conference USA, Creel was a four-year starter at Southern Miss where he led the Golden Eagles to three NCAA Tournament Appearances and the programs only College World Series appearance. He was originally recruited to Southern Miss by Burroughs, who was an assistant coach in Hattiesburg at the time.
Creel still holds the Southern Miss single-game records for hits in a game with six and twice during his career he led Conference USA in sacrifice bunts. A two-time team captain, Creel also received the USM Colonel Fletcher Leadership Award.
"Travis just resonates with the players and I watch them cling to everything he's teaching,” Burroughs concluded. “I'm excited about him teaching our base running to play at a fast level and continuing his great work with the infielders."
In 2012, Creel earned a Bachelor of Science in Sport Coaching Education and in 2015 he earned a Master of Science in Sport Coaching Education, both from the University of Southern Mississippi.
He and his wife Alison have one son, Brody. His hiring is pending the approval of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.
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