Nicholls State University baseball coach Seth Thibodeaux announced some staff changes for the 2020 season.
Thibodeaux announced that he's promoted Zach Butler to the program's top assistant coach, while also promoting Ford Pemberton to hitting coach – two moves pending approval from the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors approval.
Thibodeaux said he's also made three additions to his staff, namely, hiring Tyler Cook as the new Assistant Coach/Camp Coordinator, Adam Chamblee as the Director of Player Development and former student-athlete Grant Borne as Undergraduate Student Assistant.
Butler will be entering his 7th season with Nicholls. In addition to being the lead assistant, he will maintain his title as the team's pitching coach.
Pemberton, now a three-year veteran at Nicholls will work with the team's catchers and will also handle base running duties, while also being the program's academic liaison.
"Coach Butler and Coach Pemberton are both extremely hardworking and exceptionally loyal," Thibodeaux said. "They are well-respected by our players and their peers in this profession, and they are exact fits for what we're looking for at Nicholls. Both promotions were a no-brainer and it's been an easy transition getting them into those roles, and I know our players are tremendously excited to have those two leading them."
Cook joins Nicholls after a four-year run as an assistant coach at USC Upsate, his alma mater.
He managed both hitting and recruiting duties for the Spartans.
Cook also worked as a volunteer assistant at Eastern Kentucky in the 2015 season.
Cook was an exceptional player at USC Upstate. He finished his collegiate career ranked in the Top 20 in school history for hits, at-bats, games played and games started.
"We're fortunate to add someone who's been a top assistant at this level already," Thibodeaux continued. "Coach Cook served as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at USC Upstate -- his alma mater -- and he's a good fit here at Nicholls because he's like us. He's blue collar, hardworking and he understands how to evaluate players and team offense in general. It was all about a fit with our players and this program, and I felt that when I approached him. I wanted someone who can talk with our players in a professional way and help make them better, and I'm excited to add him to our staff."
Chamblee lands at Nicholls after spending the 2019 season as a volunteer assistant at Meridian Community College.
He also spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at West Georgia.
Chamblee played his college baseball at West Alabama where he was a four-year starter for the team in the outfield.
"Having a position solely devoted to player development is not just important from a baseball perspective, but on the personal level as well," Thibodeaux added. "Coach Chamblee can help academically and socially, and he can recognize things that coaches who are a bit older have difficulty recognizing right away. He can bridge the gap with the youth, and that goes beyond baseball purposes. There's more to developing a student-athlete than their performance on the field, and the role I want him to fill can act as that person players can feel comfortable coming to and utilizing as a resource."