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Aggie Baseball Welcomes Head Coach Jason LaRocque

Released by Panhandle State Sports Information on 07/26/2017 Panhandle State introduces the new Head Coach of Aggie Baseball, Jason LaRocque.Panhandle State introduces the new Head Coach of Aggie Baseball, Jason LaRocque.

Goodwell, Okla.—Oklahoma Panhandle State University is proud to announce the hire of the Aggies' new head baseball coach Jason LaRocque.

Coach LaRocque came highly recommended and was a clear standout for the selection committee during the hiring process. Athletic Director Meghan Mulcahy helped lead the search and was pleased with the outcome stating, "I am excited to have Coach LaRocque join our coaching staff. He will bring a new energy to our baseball program and new perspective to the athletic department. His experience will be a great asset to OPSU."

The Austin, Texas native gained his most recent experience as the head coach of the Baldwin City Blues, a summer collegiate team and member of the Mid-Plains League. LaRocque earned the 2016 East Coach of the Year title and an opportunity to coach the East Division All-Stars for the Midwest Plains League.

From 2014-2016 he served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Ottawa University in Kansas. While at Ottawa, his players received several accolades and in 2016 the Braves pitching staff broke Strikeout and Saves records under LaRocque's leadership. His strong recruiting efforts paid off at Ottawa, allowing the team's junior varsity program to become a full developmental program.

Prior to earning his Masters of Business degree at Ottawa, LaRocque held assistant coach positions at the University of Illinois-Springfield in 2013, Austin College in 2012 and Menlo College (Calif.) in 2011. Throughout his career, he has served primarily as a recruiting coordinator and produced program-high recruiting numbers and player achievements, including All-American, All-Conference, Freshman of the Year, and Gold Glove award winners. LaRocque has also produced many MLB Draft Selections and has helped lead teams to post-season play and conference championships, while setting several program records along the way, including twenty program records at University of Illinois Springfield and the first GLVC Conference Tournament appearance in program history.

LaRocque participated in an assistantship from 2009-2011 at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, where he had the privilege of guiding the Islanders through the longest winning streak in the nation. The team became runners-up to the Championship of the Southland Division I Conference Tournament after knocking off the fifth-ranked University of Texas Longhorns.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree with emphasis on Kinesiology, Education, and Sports Management at TAMUCC and served as a Baseball Biomechanics Lab Liaison, which provided him a unique skillset for kinesthetic evaluation and identification that will bring a diverse element to the athletics program as a whole. In addition, LaRocque prides himself on being "a restless competitor and innovator with a passion for the game."

As a player, LaRocque received a four-year baseball scholarship at Briar Cliff University, where he achieved several accolades with the Chargers program. He believes that his intuition and vision for the game, along with his experience will present strong assets to Panhandle State. His course of work has provided a development and identification of strong character leader players throughout all collegiate levels and diversities, making him the perfect fit for the Aggies as they enter into the NAIA ranks this spring.

We welcome Coach Jason LaRocque to the Aggie Family and look forward to seeing what lies ahead for Panhandle State Baseball. Fans can view the Aggies' 2018 schedule online at opsuaggies.com.