A former scout for the Cleveland Indians has joined the Wildcat baseball coaching staff as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
Blaze Lambert coached at the collegiate level for several universities, including Texas A&M Corpus-Christi, another Southland conference contender. He said he saw the new position under new head coach Rick McCarty as a good opportunity not only for himself but also for his family.
“It’s a great location; it’s a great university,” Lambert said. “They’re pouring into athletics, and then they made a great hire with Coach McCarty. When you put all of those things into consideration, and then you also bring your family in to consideration, it just seemed like a great fit.”
Lambert said he has a specific vision for the upcoming spring season.
“I hope to add some new life, some new energy, some new direction to the team that we already have,” Lambert said. “With the coaches that we have hired and with what we have now, there are a lot of good players here who can impact a program and achieve success.”
The addition of Lambert, as well as other new coaching staff members, such as McCarty, will be a transition for the already established team with almost 20 senior players.
Senior outfielder and pitcher Derek Scott said Lambert will bring a lot of experience to the program.
“I believe he’ll push us to get better each day,” he said. “We are ready to get the fall started and build relationships with the new staff.”
Lambert said he hopes the new set of coaches working together will see growth within the program.
“Going forward, we want to continue to bring in guys that are going to play hard, play aggressive and ultimately want to win.”