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.
Keep it all in the family.
That is what Lamar University baseball head coach Will Davis wanted to do when he was searching through candidates to fill his staff and try to find a pitching coach not named Jim Gilligan for the first time since 1992.
In June 2016, Davis announced that he added former Cardinal and Gilligan disciple Kyle Green as his new pitching coach.
Green, a pitching standout with Big Red, has worked in baseball since he graduated in 1994 – most recently as the head coach at Vidor High School since 2003. He was an assistant at Lamar under Gilligan in 1995-96, and was a member of the 1995 Sun Belt Champion staff.
He’s been a high school coach for 18 seasons, college coach for two and a Major League Baseball scout for five. As a high school coach, the Nederland native is a two-time coach of the year and has two district championships with 10 playoff berths.
At Vidor, he took a team that had never been to postseason play and brought them to five-straight playoff appearances and made seven trips overall, including a second-place district finish in 2008 on a 20-6 record. He hit the 100-win plateau as a head coach in 2009 and won his second Coach of the Year honor in 2011.
Prior to Vidor, he was the head coach at Port Arthur Memorial in 2003 and was an assistant at Little Cypress-Mauriceville (LCM) for a season before that.
Green was the head coach at Kelly High School, and led it to three-straight championship games, two were TAPPS games (1999, 2000). He led his program to a 22-6-1 record in 1998 and 26-10 mark in 1999. He was also a football coach at Kelly, and led the Bulldogs to a district championship and state runner-up finish.
Before his time at Kelly, he was a coach at Hampshire-Fannett.
He’s worked as a private pitching instructor since 1990 and worked every Jim Gilligan Lamar Baseball Camp since 1991. He worked as a Kansas City Royals scout from 1999-2006 and coached in the Elite Select Baseball – where he assisted high school players into college baseball – in 2008 and 2009. For his career, he’s sent more than two dozen players to the next level of their careers.
During his time as a player, Green finished his career with 15 wins and left as the school’s all-time strikeout leader at 256. He currently ranks fourth in the strikeout record books, and led the Cardinals with 103 punchouts in 1994 - which ranks seventh all-time for strikeouts in a season. He also logged the team’s most innings that year at 95.2.
Green won the Harold Kincaid Award, annually given to Lamar’s top pitcher, in the 1994 season. He was a member of LU’s nation’s-leading 14-game turnaround from 18 to 32 in 1992, and aided the Cardinals to a 1993 Sun Belt Championship.
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