A former Cardinal himself, Lamar University hitting coach Scott Hatten has turned into one of Lamar University’s most successful assistants as he enters his 17th year as a member of the coaching staff. Hatten, who played in Beaumont during the 1992 and 1993 seasons, works primarily with the hitters and outfielders and is the recruiting coordinator.
In his time at his alma mater, he has developed an offense that is nothing short of lethal, averaging six or more runs a game in 12 of his 16 seasons, and the Cardinals have never averaged less than 4.5 under his tutelage. Five times Lamar has turned in an average of seven or more runs a contest with the all-time high in 2003 (7.3 rpg) for the first of LU’s back-to-back championships seasons.
With the Levittown, N.Y., native as the leader of the lineup, Lamar has advanced to four NCAA Regionals, won two Southland Conference regular season titles (2003, 2004), two Southland Conference Tournament championships (2002, 2010) and been nationally ranked five times. LU was voted 22nd in the final Collegiate Baseball poll in 2003.
He was key in the development of All-Americans Jordan Foster, Michael Ambort, Sam Bumpers and Reid Russell. Foster was named an All-American by Collegiate Baseball, ABCA and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in 2003. He accumulated a .417 batting average, crushed seven home runs and drove in 71 runs batted in.
Foster, one of Hatten’s most prolific pupils, set LU career records in batting average (.374), hits (256) and doubles (63) under his direction. He was also a part of a team that set team records in batting average (.318 in 2003), hits (643 in 2003) and doubles (152 in 2001). Hatten’s offense has broken or set 35 school team or individual records.
Foster holds a Southland Conference record of 29 doubles in a season.
Ambort was picked as an All-American by Baseball America and ABCA after his .336 hitting average, 18 homers and 65 RBI in 2005. Ambort was the Southland Conference Hitter of the Year in 2005 and holds a league record with four grand slams in 2005. He is the all-time home run king at Lamar with 38.
Bumpers was an All-American in 2014 after he netted a .361 hitting percentage, six home runs and 37 RBI. He was the league’s Newcomer of the Year in 2013 and Hitter of the Year in 2014. His seven hits in a game against McNeese State on March 28, 2014 ties for a conference record.
Russell was crowded Southland Conference Hitter of the Year in 2016 after he tied a school record and ranked 13th national with long balls, in only 54 games. He was the league’s top homer threat, ranked second on the team in hitting (.354). He was second in the conference in total bases (139) and slugging (.665), and fourth in hitting and total hits (73).
All four players join 12 other Cardinals who were voted to the ABCA South Central Region Team, most recently shortstop Stijn van der Meer in 2015. Both Foster and Ambort were picked to the team twice, Foster in 2003 and 2004, Ambort in 2005 and 2007.
Also named as Southland Conference Hitter of the Year was Collin DeLome in 2006, the same season he was voted league Player of the Year. DeLome wrapped up the year with a .376 batting average, 11 homers and 56 runs batted in.
Hatten has coached 74 All-Southland Conference team members, 27 Southland Conference All-Tournament Team members and two Southland Conference Tournament Most Valuable Players (Jordan Foster, 2004; Anthony Moore, 2010).
Lamar University boasts the 2007 Southland Conference hitting champion in Erick Kanaby on a .406 batting average and the 2005 league home run champion, Ambort, with 18 dingers. Under Hatten, three Cardinals were crowned as the conference’s season RBI king, all with 65. Hoffpauir in 2001, Ambort in 2005 and Will Henderson in 2006.
Also, three times the Cardinal offense led the SLC. In 2008, it had a .298 batting average, in 2006 a .314 mark and the last time in 2013 with a .300 even average.
He has coached 10 Major League Amateur Draft choices, which includes Hoffpauir who played for the Chicago Cubs from 2008-10.
He began his coaching career at New York Tech, spending five seasons there before joining the Lamar staff. He also began his collegiate playing career at the school, hitting .329 with 29 RBI.
As a Card, Hatten helped the Red and White to the 1993 Sun Belt Championship, winning the conference title and earning a bid to an NCAA Regional in College Station. He completed his career with a .263 average, 56 runs, 36 RBI and 30 steals.
He is married to the former Kim Jones, and the two have one daughter, Kaitlyn.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Jon Phillips joined the Lamar University baseball staff as a volunteer assistant prior to the 2017 season after a very successful playing career at Southern Arkansas and later as an assistant coach at Texas A&M-Texarkana. His duties with the Cardinals include infielders and working as the first base coach.
The Hooks, Texas native helped the Eagles to a 33-20 record and berth in to the NAIA National Championship Tournament. At TAMUT, he coached the infielders and worked Kolton Perfect and Croix Sedillo to fantastic fielding percentages of more than .990. Perfect recorded a team-high 119 assists and added 75 putouts in 195 chances with just one error allowed. He was a part of 13 double plays and registered a .995 percentage. Sedillo finished with a .992 percentage at first base with just four errors in 513 chances. He recorded 482 putouts and 27 assists.
As a player, Phillips was an All-Great American Conference third baseman in 2014 after he led the Muleriders in batting average (.346), on-base percentage (.462) and walks (35). He finished that season with 15 doubles, two home runs and 30 runs batted it.
For his career, he played in 115 contests with a .315 batting average, 85 runs scored and another 60 driven in. He registered 30 extra base knocks (26 doubles, two homers and two triples). The Muleriders were back-to-back GAC Tournament Champions and 2015 regular season champs with Phillips in the lineup.
He played two seasons at Texarkana College and was an all-conference shortstop in 2012. In 48 games, he finished with 50 hits for a .303 batting average, 32 runs, 28 RBI and six doubles. He was voted as NJCAA Region XIV Hitter of the Week during that season too.
While still in college, Phillips was an assistant coach for the East Texas Canes, an 18 and under summer league team, for 2012-2014. During the span, the Canes went 91-11 overall, had 50 NCAA Division I signees and five draft picks.
The 2010 graduate of Texarkana Pleasant Grove High School, he graduated from SAU in 2015 with a bachelors in Physical Education, Wellness and Leisure.
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