Burroughs officially staying in Ruston

After more than a week of speculation, Louisiana Tech fans can take a sigh of relief.

Lane Burroughs is staying in a Bulldog uniform.

Louisiana Tech VP and Director of Athletics Dr. Eric A. Wood announced yesterday that Burroughs has signed a new contract extension through the 2026-27 season.

Thursday’s announcement comes after a week of speculation that Burroughs could be wearing green next year with reports surfacing that he was one of the finalists for the Baylor job. As late as Tuesday at lunchtime, some national media outlets reported Burroughs was the leading candidate for the Bears job.

Instead, Burroughs will remain in the red and blue.

Burroughs just wrapped up his sixth season at LA Tech, leading the Bulldogs to a 43-21 record, a Conference USA tournament title and a second straight NCAA Regional appearance.

“The amount of success Lane and his baseball program have had during his time as head coach, in particular the last two years, is incredible,” said Tech AD Eric Wood. “Back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances with 85 combined wins to go along with a Conference USA regular season and tournament title.  This program is firing on all cylinders right now.

“This commitment to Lane is not just a reflection of the team’s performance on the field but also off the field.  He continues to represent our institution in a first-class manner and we are behind him 100 percent as he leads LA Tech Baseball into the future.”  

The Diamond ‘Dogs got the automatic bid into the 2022 NCAA Regionals (10th overall appearance in program history) after claiming the C-USA Baseball Championship with a 9-8 walk-off win over UTSA in the finals, giving the team its first postseason conference title since 1987.

After earning the No. 16 national seed in the 2021 NCAA Regionals, it marked the first time since 1986 and 1987 that the Bulldogs appeared in a regional in back-to-back seasons.  The 43 total wins, which included two victories over nationally ranked LSU, tied for the second most in school history.

“One of my greatest honors has been leading the Bulldogs as the head baseball coach at Louisiana Tech,” said Burroughs.  “My family and I love Ruston and this great University.  Myself, our staff and the players are committed to continuing the hard work and reaching our ultimate goal of getting this program to Omaha.”