Tulane assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Jake Gautreau
Aug 16, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane baseball assistant coach Jake Gautreau has been named an `Assistant Ready to Lead' by Perfect Game for his work with the Green Wave over the course of his coaching career, announced the web site late Thursday.
Gautreau is one of 26 assistants mentioned in the article that highlights the best of the assistant coaches in college baseball. According to the article, 23 of the head coaching vacancies this offseason were filled by assistant coaches.
In his four seasons with the Green Wave, Gautreau has tutored some of the finest hitters to come through Tulane. Four of his student-athletes - Rob Segedin, Jeremy Schaffer, Garrett Cannizaro and Brennan Middleton - have been drafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
During the 2010 season - his first as a member of the coaching staff - the Greenies batted .311 with 57 home runs. Segedin notched a .434 batting average to become just the fifth player in school history to top the .400 mark for an entire season. His average was good enough for ninth overall in the NCAA that season.
The following season, Schaffer ranked 18th in the NCAA in doubles with 23.
In 2012, the Greenies batted .304 to rank 19th nationally. The team slugged .445 on the year, placing them 17th in the country.
In addition to his work with the Tulane hitters, Gautreau has been the recruiting coordinator during the last two seasons with the Green Wave. He has played an integral role bringing in some of the top talent in the nation. For the upcoming season, Gautreau has secured the services of one of the nation's top shortstops in Stephen Alemais, while also bringing in a slew of other highly touted recruits that include J.P France, Hunter Hope, Jake Rogers and Grant Brown.
"This is a well-deserved honor," said Tulane baseball head coach Rick Jones. "People in the know really understand how quickly he has become a great recruiter. So this is really not surprising. Considering he is going into only his fifth year as a college coach, his rise is pretty meteoric."
The accolades are not out of the ordinary for Gautreau. Prior to coaching at Tulane, the McAllen, Texas, native was one of the most decorated players in the history of Tulane baseball. Gautreau was inducted into the Tulane Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. He earned the distinction of Conference USA's Player of the Decade in 2005 and earned seven All-American honors at third base/designated hitter from a variety of publications while helping Tulane advance to its first ever College World Series in 2001.
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