ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - The LSUA Athletic Department on Wednesday named husband and wife tandem Adam and Annalyn Burch as co-head coaches of the Generals softball team, marking the sixth head coach administration as the program heads into its 11th season of play.
Adam Burch is the current softball head coach at Florien High School in the village of Florien, La. In his second stint at Florien, Burch led the Blackcats to the state playoffs as the #2 seed in Class B, making it to the state quarterfinals.
On the collegiate level, Adam and Annalyn coached together at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, a NCAA Division II program in Odessa, Texas, where they led the Falcons to the postseason each of their three seasons there. The 2012 team tied the program record for wins in a single season. Since leaving UTPB, they’ve continued in softball, developing an extensive training network throughout Louisiana, giving lessons to numerous up and coming players. The couple has since opened a softball training facility in Sabine Parish.
“These two bring a dynamic energy and unique aspect to this program and our department,” said Director of Athletics Adam Jonson. “The search committee did a tremendous job working through an extremely high number of quality applicants, and we are thrilled about the opportunity to welcome the Burch family to LSUA and working with them to continue the tradition of excellence that has been established in our softball program.”
The pair got their first top jobs at Florien High, where in 2008 they were tasked with building up a program that had never been ranked. They developing both a junior high and junior varsity team that fed into the Blackcat varsity program, which led to a District 3-B Championship and #11 ranking by the time they left for UTPB. Their work eventually led to multiple state championships for the kids they mentored.
Annalyn has a wealth of experience at the Division I level. She played for the University of Arizona in 2003 and 2004 under Olympic gold medalist and All-American Nancy Evans, helping the Wildcats to the Pac-10 Conference Championship in her sophomore season. She finished her education and playing career at the University of North Texas. She served for two seasons as the pitching coach at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, where she managed the Demons’ pitching staff and was the main pitch caller while also serving as the team’s recruiting director. Adam has a degree in Biology from Northwestern State.
“I am excited to be joining the LSUA family,” said new co-head coach Adam Burch. “There has been a tremendous amount of success and growth athletically and academically at LSUA and I look forward to continuing that success. I want to thank Adam Jonson for entrusting me of with the softball program. It is with great joy that my wife and I have the opportunity to be Co-Head coaches at collegiate level. I look forward to developing a working relationship with the Cities of Alexandria, Pineville and the other surrounding cities. I know that we will be highly successful here and making CenLA our home.”
The couple takes over for Jerry Breaux, who resigned earlier this summer after two seasons at the helm of the Generals, leading LSUA to a 99-22 record in his two seasons and a third place finish in this past season’s NAIA Softball World Series.