Lane Burroughs is in his ninth season as an assistant coach on the Southern Miss baseball staff. He serves as the program's recruiting coordinator and coaches the hitters and infielders and will run the offense from the third-base box. He also works with the program's camps and clinics.
Last season, Burroughs coached All-American Marc Maddox, who left Southern Miss after setting six career offensive records and was second in another category. He was drafted in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft by Kansas City. Kevin Coker, Toddric Johnson and Trey Sutton earned All-Conference USA honors and Luke Adkins, Brian Dozier and Michael Ewing were named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team.
Southern Miss hit .314 with 92 doubles, 19 triples and 81 home runs with seven players hitting .300 or better, with three of them better than .350. The Golden Eagles were among the top three in the Conference USA in 11 offensive categories.
In 2005, All-American Brad Willcutt left Southern Miss holding five career offensive records and was second in three more categories. He got drafted in the 27th round by Milwaukee. Three other players, Jason Lowery, Maddox and Sutton each earned All-Conference USA honors as well.
The Southern Miss offense was productive, combining for an average of .313 with 149 doubles, 10 triples and 60 home runs. In all, seven regular starters and one reserve had batting averages of .300 or better, with three of them hitting better than .340.
In 2004, the Golden Eagles hit .316, with 139 doubles, 19 triples and 90 home runs. They finished with a .394 on-base percentage and a .512 slugging percentage. The team ranked in the Top 30 nationally in batting average, slugging percentage, home runs per game and scoring.
Three players finished above .300, one player hit above .400 and five players finished with 70 or more hits, including two with 100 or more hits. Three players that Burroughs coached were selected for All-American honors.
Jarrett Hoffpauir was the toughest to strikeout in NCAA Division I baseball that season, striking out only eight times in 269 at bats and was No. 3 nationally in RBIs. He compiled a .405 batting average with a school-record 109 hits and a club-record 92 RBIs. Matt Shepherd finished with 104 hits and was ranked in the top 30 nationally in doubles and runs scored. Ryan Frith ranked No. 10 in the nation in home runs with 22 round trippers.
Southern Miss compiled a .319 batting average in 2003, with eight players finishing at .300 or better. Golden Eagle hitters banged out 89 home runs and 142 doubles and scored 497 runs. The Golden Eagles broke the school record for runs, RBIs and total bases, tied the record for hits and was the secondhighest slugging percentage.
Burroughs rejoined 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.
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, and their two daughters, Parker Grace, born on Sept. 16, 2001, and Camryn Laine, born Aug. 27, 2003, reside in Hattiesburg. Susan is a graduate of the Southern Miss School of Nursing.
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