www.ragincajuns.com – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns baseball head coach Tony Robichaux announced Monday the hiring of Brooks Badeaux as volunteer assistant coach beginning with the 2009-10 season.

Coach Robichaux Adds Badeaux to Coaching staff, University of Louisiana BaseballBadeaux, a Lafayette native who prepped at Teurlings Catholic High School, spent 10 seasons in professional baseball at the minor league level – including seven seasons in the Triple A ranks – and had two stints as an assistant baseball coach at Lafayette Parish high schools.

After his standout career at Teurlings Catholic, Badeaux played collegiate baseball at Florida State from 1995-98. He was the first freshman shortstop to start opening day and he made three trips to the College World Series with the Seminoles.

He hit .299 with 280 hits in 254 games for the Seminoles and earned All-ACC, Academic All-ACC and All-Atlantic Region honors.

Following his career at FSU, Badeaux began his pro baseball career in the Tampa Bay Rays’ organization in which he spent nine seasons (1998-2005, 2007). After a stint in the Baltimore Orioles organization in 2006, Badeaux returned to the Rays in 2007 before retiring. He hit .264 with 832 career hits over 10 seasons in the minors, playing shortstop, second base, third base and outfield.

Badeaux participated with Team USA in the 1995 World University Games and was a member of the 2005 World Cup Team.

He served as an assistant coach at Teurlings Catholic HS from 2002-03 and in 2005 was an assistant at Comeaux High School – both Lafayette Parish high schools.

Presently, he serves as the director of Badeaux’s One-on-One Baseball and the All-American Middle Infield Camp. In 2008, he directed “The Perfect Game” Charity Baseball Camp designed to raise funds for a local family in need.

Badeaux fits the mold of Robichaux’s strong belief in community service. He has spent several years volunteering in numerous baseball camps and clinics, assisting youth league teams with organizing and implementing practice plans and delivering motivational speeches throughout the United States regarding athletics, goals, careers and experiences.

A 2007 graduate of Florida State with a bachelor’s of science in social sciences, he is married to the former Ramy Sere – a UL graduate – and they have one son, Brant. His father (Bobby Badeaux) and father-in-law (Steve Sere) both played baseball for the Cajuns.

TRIO TO JOIN 2009-10 RECRUITING CLASS: Robichaux announced the addition of three additional signees for the 2009-10 season. Daniel Nichols (New Burgh, Ind./Wabash Valley CC), Lance Marvel (Texarkana, Ark./Texarkana CC) and Trask Switzenburg (Cave Creek, Ariz./Chandler Gilbert CC) have signed national letters of intent to join the Ragin’ Cajuns for the 2009-10 academic year and play their first season of baseball in 2010.

Nichols, an outfielder, hit .394 with 21 doubles, 17 home runs and 79 RBI last season for Wabash Valley CC. He tied for seventh nationally in RBI and tied for 11th in homers. He earned All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference and All-Region 24 honors.

Marvel is a utility player who can catch and play both infield and outfield. Last season at Texarkana CC he posted seven home runs, 12 doubles and 41 RBI in 175 at bats. Rated the nation's 255th-best prep prospect by Baseball America out of high school, he hit .370 with six home runs as a freshman.

Switzenburg can play either third base or shortstop. Last season at Chandler Gilbert CC he posted 50 hits in 169 at bats, posted 10 doubles and stole 20 bases. In 2008, he hit .344 with 10 doubles, 17 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.

They join Colton Daigle (Lafayette, La./Acadiana HS), Chase Traffica (Birmingham, Ala./Oak Mountain HS), Joey Satriano (Houston, Texas/ McLennan CC), Kevin Lovelace (Escondido, Calif./ Central Arizona College), T.J. Geith (Peoria, Ariz./ Scottsdale CC) and Ryland Parker (Splendora, Texas/Angelina College) who each signed in the early signing period in November.

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