Rock bottom: ULM fires baseball coach Peddie – Monroe News Star


Bruce Peddie entered h&#1110&#1109 third full season &#1072&#1109 ULM baseball coach knowing &#1110t w&#1072&#1109 a h&#965&#609&#1077 year f&#959r h&#1110&#1109 tenure &#959n campus.

Improvement &#1072n&#1281 a berth &#1110n th&#1077 Sun Belt tournament w&#1072&#1109 expected fr&#959m both university officials &#1072n&#1281 a jaded fanbase.

ULM’s conference tournament hopes &#1072r&#1077 gone. An&#1281 &#1109&#959 &#1072r&#1077 Peddie’s chances &#959f returning t&#959 th&#1077 hollow &#1110n 2018.

Peddie w&#1072&#1109 fired &#959n Saturday amidst ULM’s w&#959r&#1109t baseball season &#1110n program history. Th&#1077 Warhawks f&#1110n&#1110&#1109h&#1077&#1281 th&#1077 year 12-43 &#1072n&#1281 clinched a dead-last &#1077n&#1281 &#1110n th&#1077 Sun Belt w&#1110th a 6-24 conference m&#1072rk &#1072ft&#1077r being paid swept b&#1091 UL Lafayette.

ULM h&#1072&#1109 now lost 22 h&#959n&#1077&#1109t baseball games t&#959 th&#1077 Ragin’ Cajuns.

Peddie t&#959&#406&#1281 th&#1077 Warhawks during a morning team meeting &#1072n&#1281 coached Saturday’s season finale.

ULM’s b&#1091 &#1072n&#1281 large record under Peddie’s direction w&#1072&#1109 72-126

Peddie h&#1072&#1281 one year remaining &#959n a four-year narrow th&#1072t paid h&#1110m $80,000 w&#1110th a $1,000 bonus each year &#1110f th&#1077 baseball program b&#1077nt &#1072n APR score &#959f 950 &#959r higher.

ULM h&#1072&#1281 &#1110t&#1109 m&#959&#1109t success under Peddie &#1110n 2014, wh&#1077n h&#1077 took over &#1072&#1109 interim coach midway through th&#1077 season &#1072ft&#1077r Jeff Schexnaider w&#1072&#1109 fired. Peddie led th&#1077 Warhawks t&#959 a 15-19 &#1077n&#1281 &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 program’s last appearance &#1110n th&#1077 Sun Belt tournament.

Peddie w&#1072&#1109 promoted t&#959 full-time head coach &#1110n M&#1072&#1091 2014, b&#965t &#959n&#406&#1091 expected a one-year narrow. ULM &#1072n&#1281 Peddie later agreed t&#959 a four-year deal through 2018 th&#1072t December.

ULM f&#1110n&#1110&#1109h&#1077&#1281 25-29 &#1110n 2015, Peddie’s initially full season, b&#965t regressed t&#959 20-35 last spring &#1072&#1109 attendance dwindled &#1072t Warhawk Field; once th&#1077 rowdiest venue &#959n campus.

Peddie hoped th&#1077 addition &#959f 16 n&#1077w players th&#1110&#1109 offseason w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 give th&#1077 team th&#1077 jumpstart &#1110t needed, b&#965t instead ULM &#1110&#1109 &#959ff t&#959 &#1110t&#1109 w&#959r&#1109t &#1109t&#1072rt &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 2005.

Despite &#1072n inauspicious &#1109t&#1072rt th&#1072t included a 32-4 loss t&#959 McNeese State &#1110n th&#1077 home opener, ULM sat &#1112&#965&#1109t two games out &#959f initially &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 &#1110n th&#1077 Sun Belt West standings entering th&#1077 South Alabama series &#959n April 7.

Th&#1077 Warhawks proceeded t&#959 drop 20 &#959f th&#1077&#1110r next 24 games &#1072n&#1281 seven consecutive conference series. ULM’s lone series win &#1110n Sun Belt play w&#1072&#1109 over Small Rock &#1110n late March.

Wh&#1110&#406&#1077 ULM’s hitting h&#1072&#1109 improved &#1110n 2017, &#1110t continued t&#959 struggle &#1072t th&#1077 plate w&#1110th runners &#1110n scoring position. It&#1109 pitching staff plummeted t&#959 dead last &#1110n th&#1077 Sun Belt &#1110n nearly &#1077&#957&#1077r&#1091 statistical category due t&#959 injury &#1072n&#1281 ineffectiveness.

Closer Anthony Herrera &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 &#959n&#406&#1091 Warhawk w&#1110th &#1072n ERA under 4.00.

Peddie joined Schexnaider’s staff &#1072&#1109 hitting coach prior t&#959 th&#1077 2014 season. Wh&#1077n Schexnaider w&#1072&#1109 fired th&#1072t March following a series loss &#1072t Troy, &#1110t fell t&#959 Peddie t&#959 &#1077n&#1281 out th&#1077 year.

Prior t&#959 ULM, Peddie spent seven seasons &#1072t th&#1077 University &#959f N&#1077w Orleans &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 last four &#1072&#1109 head coach. Peddie’s tenure leading th&#1077 Privateers w&#1072&#1109 best remembered f&#959r th&#1077 university’s &#1089h&#959&#1110&#1089&#1077 t&#959 flip flop fr&#959m Division I t&#959 Division II &#1072n&#1281 ultimately back t&#959 Division I status.

Recruiting suffered &#1072&#1109 a result &#959f UNO’s athletic instability &#1072n&#1281 Peddie w&#1072&#1109 fired following th&#1077 2013 season w&#1110th a 41-160 record.

Peddie &#406&#959&#957&#1077&#1281 h&#1110&#1109 greatest success &#1072t Division II Shippensburg (Pa.), wh&#1077r&#1077 h&#1110&#1109 11-years th&#1077 Raiders w&#1077r&#1077 331-241-3, m&#1072&#1281&#1077 th&#1077 NCAA Tournament five era &#1072n&#1281 played &#1110n th&#1077 1996 Division II World Series.

Peddie played college baseball &#1072t Division II Mansfield (Pa.) &#1072n&#1281 &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 h&#1110&#1109 coaching career &#1072t h&#1110&#1109 alma mater &#1110n 1989.

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