Demons promote Goodwin, add Hlad to baseball staff

Northwestern State head baseball coach Bobby Barbier rounded out his 2021 coaching staff with a pair of familiar faces.

Barbier announced Monday the promotion of Spencer Goodwin to a full-time assistant role and the addition of former Demon right-handed pitcher Dan Hlad as a volunteer assistant. The pair joins assistant coach Chris Bertrand and graduate manager Trevor Wren on the NSU staff.

The staff changes are subject to approval of the board of supervisors of the University of Louisiana System, which governs Northwestern State.

“It is great to have two former Demons on our staff,” Barbier said. “They are both very familiar with how we do things and provide the players with comfort knowing that they were in their shoes not long ago.”

Goodwin has been part of the Demon program since 2016 after transferring from Bossier Parish Community College.

After his two-year playing career, Goodwin remained on staff as a graduate manager for two years before spending 2020 as the team’s volunteer assistant, working primarily with the Demon infielders. In his first season in that role, Goodwin was responsible for helping shortstop Cam Sibley and second baseman Daunte Stuart navigate their first seasons of Division I baseball.

Goodwin takes over for Taylor Dugas, who accepted a position at UT Arlington in December.

“Spencer has been such an asset to our program,” Barbier said. “He has done it the hard way from being a manager, then volunteer, and now full time and has earned each one of those promotions he has gotten. He makes us better. “

Hlad pitched two seasons (2017-18) for the Demons and was part of the first Southland Conference Tournament championship team in program history. Following a 2018 season in which he posted a 3-2 record and three saves with a 2.73 ERA in 56 innings, Hlad pitched for the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League.

A native of Midlothian, Illinois, Hlad spent the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season as the pitching coach at Meridian Community College in Meridian, Mississippi. While there, Hlad worked with two pitchers who moved on to four-year colleges.

Said Barbier: “Danny was always a player that I could see coaching here one day. He worked hard to find a spot as pitching coach at Meridian, and we were lucky enough to get him back. He will be a great attribute to our pitching staff and our team.”