Chris Bertrand, who most recently served as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for LSU-Shreveport, has been named the head baseball coach at UT Tyler, Dr. Howard Patterson, vice president for government relations and intercollegiate athletics, announced Tuesday.
“UT Tyler is extremely excited to have Chris join us as head baseball coach,” Patterson said. “Out of a pool of extremely qualified candidates, Chris stood out for his recruiting ability, professionalism, commitment to the academic success of our student-athletes, and his overall fit with the UT Tyler community.”
Since taking over as recruiting coordinator in 2006, LSUS has a combined record of 224-75 including two regular season conference titles and five GCAC Tournament Championships. LSUS earned a spot in the NAIA National Tournament ever year, and advanced to the World Series in 2011. Under Bertrand’s leadership, the LSUS pitching staff has seen improved success, consistently at the top of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference in wins and ERA. Six LSUS pitchers have signed professional baseball contracts under Bertrand’s watch.
During his seven years at LSUS, Bertrand’s responsibilities include working with pitchers, recruiting, scouting reports and game planning, coordinating the Pilots baseball camps and fall league, as well as administrative and fundraising duties.
Bertrand has also coached in the Texas Collegiate League, serving as pitching coach for the Alexandria Aces.
“I am honored and humbled by this opportunity,” Bertrand said. “I want to thank Dr. Patterson for his trust in me to lead our Patriots. I am thrilled to have been blessed with this amazing program, and I am excited to get to work to continue the winning tradition of Patriot Baseball and to serving UT Tyler and the community of Tyler.”
He completed his collegiate playing career in 2005 with fellow American Southwest Conference member Louisiana College where he earned first team All-American Southwest Conference honors and was voted team captain. Prior to LC, Bertrand played at Bossier Parish Community College from 2001 to 2003, under current Kansas State pitching coach Sean McCann. Bertrand was selected to the Region XIV Academic All-Conference Team while at BPCC.
Bertrand continued, “I want to thank (UT Tyler assistant coach) Chad Sherman for doing an amazing job of overseeing the program over the past 5-6 weeks. Our success will be in large part because of his efforts and dedication, and I look forward to working with him in the coming years.”
He added, “We are going to work hard, we are going to work smart, we are going to do things the right way, and we are going to be great ambassadors for this University and for this community. I look forward to getting to know everyone, and I can’t wait to see everyone at Irwin Field.”
Bertrand graduated with a degree in management and marketing from LC in 2005, and he earned his MBA from LSUS in 2007. Bertrand and his wife Lori have one daughter.
Bertrand becomes the third head coach of the UT Tyler baseball program, taking over for Paul Wyczawski who resigned in June.
Since the program began in 2004 under James Vilade, the Patriots have amassed a 296-85 overall record, including seven ASC East Division championships and three appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament.