Bobby Barbier and Chris Bertrand began their college baseball coaching careers around the same time approximately a decade ago, crossing paths on the recruiting trail.
The two now will work together as Barbier has announced Bertrand as the new Northwestern State pitching coach. Bertrand’s hiring is subject to approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors, which oversees NSU.
Bertrand brings with him a wealth of experience as a pitching coach and as a head coach, spending the past four seasons as the head coach at Texas-Tyler. Bertrand compiled a 119-69 record as the Patriots’ skipper, leading UT Tyler to three American Southwest Conference championships and three NCAA Division III regional appearances.
Bertrand coached 41 all-conference and eight all-region selections at UT Tyler.
“It’s a chance in Division I baseball, which has always been a goal and a dream,” Bertrand said of what drew him to the NSU opening. “It’s hands down the chance to work with Bobby and to work at a very historic place when it comes to college baseball coaches and who have sat in those seats. To be able to do that and to do it with Bobby was the most attractive part of it.”
Bertrand, 33, returns to his home state. An Abbeville native, Bertrand played collegiately at Louisiana College and Bossier Parish Community College.
He holds an associate’s degree from BPCC, a bachelor’s in business administration from Louisiana College and an MBA from LSU-Shreveport.
Bertrand is married to the former Lori Quigley of Shreveport and the couple has a daughter, Rayleigh (5), and a son, Callen (2).