Baseball – Demons promote Barbier to associate head coach, McCullough to recruiting coordinator

In his nearly two decades as an assistant coach, Lane Burroughs learned how far the respect of a superior could travel. After completing his fourth season at the helm of the Northwestern State baseball program, it was Burroughs’ turn to offer those words to a pair of his aides. Burroughs announced Wednesday the promotion of Bobby Barbier to associate head coach and G.T. McCullough to the role of recruiting coordinator.

“This is something both of these guys deserve,” Burroughs said. “After being an assistant for 18 years, I know how important it is to hear from the people you work for that you’re doing a good job and they believe in you.”

Barbier recently completed his second season in his second stint as a Demons assistant.

“I am very honored coach Burroughs would think highly enough of me to promote me to associate head coach,” said Barbier, who spent two seasons alongside former coach Mitch Gaspard as a Demons assistant.

McCullough has been a part of Burroughs’ staff since the skipper arrived in Natchitoches in 2012.

He has served as the director of baseball operations and as a volunteer assistant coach before being elevated to assistant coach prior to the 2015 season. McCullough’s work with the Demons outfielders helped Nick Heath swipe a school-record 35 bases in 2016 while earning third-team All-Southland Conference honors.

“At the end of every year, you sit down and re-evaluate your program, things you can do better, things you can improve on,” Burroughs said. “I want to show there is consistency in our coaching staff, to let recruits and people know we have defined roles. As an assistant, you want your role to be defined. After talking with these guys, this is the right time to make these decisions.”