MONROE, La. -- Former University of New Orleans head coach Bruce Peddie has been named an assistant coach at ULM, head coach Jeff Schexnaider announced today. Peddie’s appointment is pending approval by the UL System Board of Supervisors.
Peddie joins the Warhawk program after a four-year stint as the head coach at UNO and he owns more than 375 career victories.
During his first year as a head coach, the Privateers secured notable series wins over in-state rivals Tulane and LSU. At the 2010 season's conclusion, Nick Schwaner was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 30th round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft after receiving all-Louisiana and all-Region honors.
Under Peddie's tutelage as both a head coach and an assistant, Schwaner completed a UNO career which saw him finish in the top 10 all-time in hits (240), doubles (48), total bases (427), slugging percentage (.606) and RBIs (165).
The 2011 season was a challenging one for the Privateers, who contested one of the nation's toughest schedules. Putting together a roster without the assistance of athletic-based scholarships, Peddie directed a young squad to several key victories including a win over Smoke Laval's North Florida team.
Prior to his rise to the head coaching position, Peddie established himself pretty quickly on the Lakefront in three years as an assistant. As the UNO hitting coach, the Privateers averaged 80 home runs per year under his watch.
The 2008 team, which received the school's first NCAA Regional at-large bid since 2000, hit a school-record 97 home runs. The team was ranked fifth in the nation in runs, seventh in hits and ninth in home runs.
In his first recruiting class (2008), Peddie landed catcher Jeff Lanning, who became an eighth-round draft choice of the Minnesota Twins.
In 2009, Peddie added another highly touted class, including top Louisiana prospects Rodarrick Jones and Joe Zimmermann. Jones was an everyday outfielder as a UNO freshman, while Zimmermann was a weekend starter for the Privateer pitching staff.
Prior to coming to UNO, Peddie was the head coach at Division II Shippensburg (Pa.). In his 11 years there, Peddie guided the Raiders to five NCAA Division II championship berths and a College World Series appearance in 1996.
He ranks second on the school's all-time win list with more than 300 victories. He also had 12 different players sign professional contracts.
A 1987 graduate of Mansfield University, Peddie was an assistant coach at his alma mater from 1989 through 1995. In seven seasons, the Mounties made four NCAA Regional appearances and reached the CWS three times.