Southland Conference 1970s All-Decade Team
Former Bastrop High and Louisiana Tech standout Bobby Brasher has been named to the Southland Conference 1970s All-Decade baseball team.
As part of its 50-year anniversary celebration, the SLC is recognizing All-Decade teams in various sports.
An outfielder, Brasher was named the SLC's Hitter of the Year in 1974 and earned All-Conference honors in 1974 and '76. He went on to play professionally in the Atlanta Braves' organization.
In addition to starring for the baseball team, Brasher was a wide receiver during his time at Bastrop High. He returned to Bastrop in the mid-1980s as head baseball coach and worked as an assistant football coach on Dickie Meeks' staff.
Tech leads the 1970s All-Decade team with 11 selections, followed by McNeese State with six, Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas-Arlington and Trinity with three, Arkansas State with two and Abilene Christian with one.
Joining Brasher on the team from Tech are pitchers Eddie Holman, Mike Jeffcoat, Randy McGilberry and Bill Norwood, catchers Chuck Bailey and Richie McAlister, second baseman Phil Willingham, shortstop Steve Lacy and outfielders Dale Holman and Fred McGaha.
Eddie Holman still holds the SLC record for career strikeouts with 336.
Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1980, Jeffcoat pitched for four teams during an 11-year Major League career. He is now the head baseball coach at Texas Wesleyan.
McGilberry and Norwood were named as the SLC's Pitcher of the Year in 1975 and 1973, respectively.
Bailey was an All-Conference selection in 1978 and 1979.
McAlister was named the league's Hitter of the Year in 1975, while receiving All-Conference acclaim in 1974 and 1975.
Willingham garnered All-SLC honors in 1974 and 1976.
Lacy was a three-time All-SLC shortstop (1973-75).
Dale Holman, a Ouachita product, was a three-time All-Conference pick and the 1978 and 1979 Hitter of the Year.
McGaha was Hitter of the Year on the 1972 All-SLC squad.
Tech's Pat “Gravy” Patterson and Lamar's Jim Gilligan share Coach of the Decade honors.
Patterson piloted the Bulldogs to conference championships in 1974, 1975 and 1978 and his '74 team finished one victory shy of advancing to the College World Series. His teams compiled a 252-142 (.640 winning percentage) overall record and an 80-48 (.625) mark in conference play during the '70s. Patterson’s teams produced 20 first-team All-Conference selections during the decade.
Gilligan directed the Cardinals to four conference championships (1975, ’76, ’77 and ’79).
Southland Conference 1970s All-Decade Team (1970-79; 40 players)
Julio Alonso, Lamar - P - 1974, 1975 (1974 Pitcher of the Year)
Jose Alvarez, La.-Lafayette - P - 1978 (1978 Pitcher of the Year)
Chuck Bailey, Louisiana Tech - C - 1978, 1979
David Bernsen, Lamar - P - 1971 (1971 Pitcher of the Year)
Bobby Brasher, Louisiana Tech - OF - 1974, 1976 (1974 Hitter of the Year)
Kenneth Clark, Texas-Arlington - 1B - 1971, 1973
Russell Conner, McNeese State - OF - 1977 (1977 Hitter of the Year)
Billy Daffin, Trinity - 3B - 1970, 1972
Pete Davis, Arkansas State - OF - 1971, 1973
Shanie Dugas, McNeese State - SS - 1979, 1980
Larry Elmore, Arkansas State - 1B - 1974, 1975
A.C. Frese, Trinity - 2B - 1970, 1971
Ray Fontenot, McNeese State - P - 1979 (Southland Career Complete Games Pitched Record-29 & Career Shutouts Record-9)
Harold Flynn, Lamar - OF - 1976, 1977
James Gallier, McNeese State - 1B - 1979, 1981
Dale Holman, Louisiana Tech - OF - 1977, 1978, 1979 (1978 & 1979 Hitter of the Year)
Eddie Holman, Louisiana Tech - P - 1974 (Southland Career Strikeout Leader-336)
Kevin Jeansonne, La.-Lafayette - OF - 1975, 1976 (1976 Hitter of the Year)
Mike Jeffcoat, Louisiana Tech - P (1983-94 MLB, Cleveland, San Francisco, Texas, Florida)
Louis Jones, Lamar - SS - 1977, 1978
Steve Lacy, Louisiana Tech - SS - 1973, 1974, 1975
Mike Laudig, Lamar - OF - 1976, 1977, 1978
Bruce Marshall, Texas-Arlington - P - 1976 (1976 Pitcher of the Year)
Richie McAlister, Louisiana Tech - C - 1974, 1975 (1975 Hitter of the Year)
Joe McCann, Lamar - 2B - 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979
Randy McGilberry, Louisiana Tech - P - 1975 (1975 Pitcher of the Year)
Fred McGaha, Louisiana Tech - OF - 1972 (1972 Hitter of the Year)
Jeff Martin, Lamar - 3B - 1978, 1979
Jerry Nalley, La.-Lafayette - OF - 1979, 1980
Rick Nesloney, Lamar - P - 1977 (1977 Pitcher of the Year)
Bill Norwood, Louisiana Tech - P - 1973 (1973 Pitcher of the Year)
Alvin O'Dell, Abilene Christian - 3B (1970 Hitter of the Year)
Mark Oldham, Lamar - OF - 1970, 1971
Bill Simon, McNeese State - 2B - 1973, 1975
David C. Smith, Lamar - P - 1979 (1979 Pitcher of the Year)
Paul Stanley, Trinity - P - 1972 (1972 Pitcher of the Year)
Billy Wearden, Lamar - 3B - 1975, 1976
Richard Wilkinson, Texas-Arlington - DH/IF - 1978, 1980
Phil Willingham, Louisiana Tech - 2B - 1974, 1976
Paul Young, McNeese State - OF - 1973 (1973 Hitter of the Year)
Co-Coaches of the Decade: Jim Gilligan, Lamar, and Pat Patterson, Louisiana Tech