The terms of the privately-funded contracts were not released, as they are subject to approval of the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System.
“I’m very pleased to announce these agreements with our outstanding head coaches in baseball and women’s basketball,” Burke said. “They have been wonderful additions to our athletic program and university community. They are important cogs in a progression that has developed a true family bond throughout our department, and a level of success competitively across the board that is arguably at an all-time high for us here at Northwestern State.”
Burroughs inherited a Demons baseball program that went 19-32 before his arrival in 2013 and that had not had a winning mark since 2010.
After a rocky first season, Burroughs guided NSU to a 33-26 record this season---a 17-game improvement---and to a fourth-place finish in the Southland Conference.
In the Demons’ first appearance in the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament since 2010, they won games against Lamar and Sam Houston State for their first tournament wins since 2006.
Despite falling shy of the championship game, Burroughs knows that it is just the beginning.
The Stoehrs experienced a similar turnaround with the women’s basketball program after taking over a dormant Lady Demons program that bottomed out at 6-23 and finished last in the 2011-12 season.
They proved the voters wrong in their first season with an eighth-place finish in the conference and took the improvement to another level this season after winning the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time since 2004 by beating Stephen F. Austin, 62-44, in the championship game March 16.
Facing the tradition-rich Tennessee Lady Volunteers in Knoxville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, NSU trailed by two at halftime before falling 70-46.