HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State head baseball coach Matt Deggs resigned his position on Thursday and will take a similar position at the University of Louisiana.


Deggs took over the Bearkat program prior to the 2015 season after spending two years as the hitting coach at Louisiana and took Sam Houston to new heights, winning three conference titles, two conference tournaments and advancing to the 2017 Tallahassee Super Regional.


He will take over a Ragin’ Cajun program from longtime head coach Tony Robichaux, who passed away in late June following a heart attack. He had been the head coach at UL for 25 years, totaling more than 900 of his career victories at the helm of the Ragin’ Cajuns.


“Matt is a great person, coach and personal friend,” SHSU Director of Athletics Bobby Williams said. “He has made our program a nationally-recognized program. While we are sad to lose him, we are happy for him and his family.”


In five years as the Bearkat head coach, Deggs produced a 187-118 record, winning an average of 39 games over the past four years. He guided the team to the title game of the Southland Conference Tournament in his very first year in 2015 and one year later saw his Kats claim both the league’s regular season and tournament titles for the first time in program history.


That team reached the Lafayette Regional in the NCAA Tournament and went even further in 2017. His squad won 44 games and made its mark on the program by winning three straight elimination games in a 24-hour span to upset No. 6 Texas Tech and claim the 2017 Lubbock Regional.


In the process the Kats became the first Southland Conference program to ever advance out of the regional round of the NCAA Tournament and traveled to Tallahassee, Fla., where it met Florida State in the Super Regionals.


Deggs’ squads followed that feat by claiming the regular season titles in the SLC in both 2018 and 2019, going 44-16 in conference play in that time.


A search for Deggs’ replacement will begin immediately.