Rock on Coach Gilligan!

Lamar baseball players from teams of 1992-96 surround coach Jim Gilligan and his recently presented rocking chair during Gilligan’s retirement ceremony before Saturday’s game against Sam Houston State. (I.C. Murrell/The News) BEAUMONT — Lamar athletic director Jason Henderson said that longtime baseball coach Jim Gilligan did not want a plaque for his upcoming retirement. So, Henderson did one better: He gave Gilligan a rocking chair made out of baseball bat wood, with bats making up its arms and legs. That was just one highlight of Gilligan’s retirement ceremony before the start of Saturday’s game between Lamar and Sam Houston State. Lamar also retired Gilligan’s jersey No. 29, which is posted underneath the NCAA logo on the right-field corner wall. And Southland Conference commissioner Tom Burnett was on hand to announce that the regular-season baseball championship trophy would be named in Gilligan’s honor. Full Article:
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Saturday, May 14, 2016