Lamar University baseball head coach Will Davis announced on Friday the elevation of student managers Tod McDowell and Braxton Boudoin to assistant coaching roles for the upcoming 2022 season.
A former Cardinal player, McDowell will serve as the volunteer assistant coach and will work mainly as the assistant pitching coach to Sean Snedeker.
“Tod has been one of the hardest workers in our program since he arrived on campus,” said Davis. “After a promising playing career was cut short due to injuries Tod put all of his energy into helping our program in other ways. He had several opportunities to join other programs in a coaching role this summer and I am glad we were able to keep him here.”
A Bridge City High School alum, McDowell was the District 24-4A MVP as well as the Orange Leader Orange County player of the year in 2016. He battled through injuries during his time at Lamar and pitched the 2019 season at UT-Tyler before retiring from playing and returning to the Cardinals as a student assistant coach. McDowell graduated with a degree in Applied Arts and Sciences in May 2021.
A Groves native, Boudoin has served as a student manager and bullpen catcher since the 2018 season. The Port Neches-Groves graduate was the starting catcher on the PNG state championship team in 2017 before playing at Western Texas Junior College. Boudoin graduated in May of 2021 with a degree in Kinesiology and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in the same field. He will serve as the Cardinals first base coach and assist with the development of the Cardinal position players.
“I am so happy that Braxton will be able to expand his role,” said Davis. “He has done the thankless job of catching thousands of bullpens all while trying to better himself as a coach in his time here. His work ethic and love for the game has earned the respect of all of our players and I am excited to see that continue in a coaching role.”