Bruce Peddie is in his fourth season at the helm of the Warhawk baseball program.
In 2015, Peddie coached a pair of All-Sun Belt Conference performers in Keelin Rasch (Second Team) and Anthony Herrera (Second Team). Rasch also earned Second Team All-Louisiana Honors following his senior season.
Rasch finished the regular season as the conference’s leader in both hits (78) and total bases (124). He finished second in the conference in batting average (.359) and fourth in slugging percentage (.571). He was the team’s leader in RBI with 41 and finished tied for the team lead in runs scored with 40.
Herrera appeared in 36 games and started the final 33 games of the season at second base and he posted 35 total hits (four doubles) including 13 runs scored and six RBI. He came just two sacrifice bunts shy of tying the single season school record as he finished the 2015 campaign with 13 sac bunts (school record: 15, Jay Nelson, 1991). On the mound, Herrera logged 24 appearances as he finished with a 1-2 record and six saves during his 32.2 innings of work. He posted a 2.76 ERA and limited opposing batters to a .254 batting average.
Peddie also tutored short stop Kodie Tidwell as the Calhoun, La., native was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 26th Round of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Tidwell, mid-way through the 2015 season, was batting over .400 and his defense improved dramatically as he committed just 12 errors in the field (249 chances). Compared to the 2014 season, Tidwell's fielding percentage increased by 58 points and he committed 14 fewer errors, a decrease of nearly 54%.
Peddie was named the program’s interim head coach on Mar. 27, 2014 and he had the interim tag officially removed on May 13, 2014. During his interim role, the Warhawks posted a 14-14 record and a 10-11 mark in league play. Peddie also guided the Warhawks to the Sun Belt Tournament in Mobile, Ala.
Peddie reached a coaching milestone during the 2015 season as he picked up his 400th career coaching win as the Warhawks defeated South Alabama, 4-3, on March 29, 2015.
Pitcher Tyler Bray had a strong senior campaign, posting an 8-5 record with five saves and a 3.36 ERA. Bray’s strong pitching down the stretch helped ULM reach the conference tournament and his career was extended as he was a 26th round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Keelin Rasch was a big force at the plate for the Warhawks in 2014 as he tallied 23 extra base hits (16 doubles, three triples and four homers). In league play, Rasch batted at a .374 clip with 17 extra base hits. Ross Moore highlighted the Warhawk effort at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament as he was named to the All-Tournament team. Moore finished the tournament with seven RBI and a .364 batting average. His seven RBI in the Sun Belt Tournament were tied with UT Arlington’s Matt Shortall who had seven RBI in four games. Moore also finished the 2014 Sun Belt Tournament with a perfect fielding percentage in 20 chances.
Peddie joined the Warhawk program after a four-year stint as the head coach at the University of New Orleans (2010-2013).
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 his UNO career in the top-10 all-time in hits (240), doubles (48), total bases (427), slugging percentage (.606) and RBI (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.
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 arriving at 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.
Peddie and his wife, Laurie, have twin daughters - Carly and Annie.