MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State head baseball coach Brad Hill announced Wednesday the hiring of Lane Burroughs as an assistant coach for the Wildcat program. Burroughs, who has spent the past nine seasons as an assistant at Southern Mississippi, will take over as the Wildcat hitting coach and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the K-State program.
“We are very excited about the addition of Lane to our staff,” Hill said. “His background makes him a perfect fit for what we were looking for in a hitting coach. The one common theme that came up in my conversations with baseball people in that area was Lane’s ability to develop hitters to compete at a high level. Whether you look at the statistics, records or listen to the words of well-respected baseball people that he has been around, it’s pretty easy to see why Lane Burroughs is considered one of the top hitting coaches in college baseball. We are fortunate to have him here and I know our players are excited about the opportunity to work with him on a daily basis.”
Burroughs, in nine years on the Southern Miss baseball staff, served as the program's recruiting coordinator, coached the hitters and infielders as well as handled the third-base coaching box duties. While at Southern Miss, Burroughs coached seven all-Americans, nine freshman all-Americans and tutored 10 position players who went on to sign pro contracts, including five top 10 round picks in the Major League First-Year Player Draft.
The Southern Miss program has made eight NCAA Regional appearances in school history, six of which came during Burroughs’ time in Hattiesburg, while the Burroughs-led offense broke eight offensive school records dating back to the 1999 season.
“I am excited about the opportunity to come to Kansas State and work with two of the best young coaches in college baseball,” Burroughs said. “Coach Hill’s record as a head coach speaks for itself and Sean (McCann) is one of the top recruiters and pitching coaches in the country. I couldn’t be more thrilled about coming to Manhattan and being part of this program.”
Burroughs rejoined Golden Eagle skipper Corky Palmer, his former coach, when he came to Southern Miss in 1998. He previously served as an assistant coach at Northwestern (La.) State for two years, helping to guide the Demons to the Southland Conference championship in 1998. Burroughs and current Wildcat pitching coach Sean McCann both worked under then-head coach John Cohen (now at Kentucky) during the Demons’ 1998 championship run.
Before his stint at Northwestern State, Burroughs was the assistant coach at East Mississippi Community College in 1997. He started his coaching career at his alma mater, Mississippi College, where he served as a graduate assistant for two seasons.
Burroughs played two seasons for Palmer at Meridian Community College, before finishing his career at Mississippi College. He was selected for the Larry Scott Memorial Award while playing at Meridian. While at Mississippi College, he was an All-Gulf South Conference honoree and named the team's most valuable player.
He played his prep career for hall of fame coach Jerry Boatner, the all-time winningest coach in Mississippi high school history, at West Lauderdale High School in Collinsville, Miss. Burroughs completed his associate of arts degree from Meridian in 1993, his bachelor's degree in history in 1995 and his master's degree in social science in 1996, both from Mississippi College.
He and his wife, Susan, have two daughters, Parker Grace, born on Sept. 16, 2001, and Camryn Laine, born Aug. 27, 2003, and are expecting a third child.
Burroughs will join a Wildcat program that went 34-24 a year ago and advanced to the Big 12 Tournament for the first time since 2002. Kansas State returns 22 letterwinners and seven position players who were everyday starters in 2008, including All-Big 12 outfielder Byron Wiley.
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