WALT JONES | ASSISTANT COACH / RECRUITING COORDINATOR
Walt Jones was promoted to Recruiting Coordinator for the Nicholls baseball program following the 2015 season and continues to serve as Hitting Coach and Outfielders Coach for the Colonels.
In 2015 Jones helped the Colonels turn in back-to-back 30-win seasons for the first time since 1992-93.
Jones joined the Colonels as a hitting coach in the fall of 2014 and helped Nicholls reach a 32-26 record, with a 20-10 mark in Southland Conference action.
Jones spent his last season at Chipola College in Florida, where he assisted with all aspects of the baseball program including coordinating the Indians' recruiting efforts and academic progress. At Nicholls, he will assist with the day-to-day operations of the team as well as with the maintenance of newly renovated Ray E. Didier Field.
Jones brings a wealth of knowledge from his playing career at L.B. Wallace Community College and at Nicholls State University. He graduated in 2008 with a degree in General Studies and a minor in Business Administration. Under the direction of Chip Durham, Jones played baseball at Nicholls and served as a two-year starter and leadoff hitter. Prior to Nicholls, Jones played baseball at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College and football at The Univerity of North Alabama.
After graduating from Nicholls in 2008, Jones was named the Nicholls Athletics graduate assistant before becoming the Colonel Club graduate assistant, serving a year for each. In 2009, he joined the Colonel baseball staff. Jones served two seasons as the Director of Baseball Operations and one season as the volunteer assistant, working with the Nicholls hitters and outfielders and coordinating base-running efforts.
Following his time at Chipola, Jones was employed as a sales rep for Pernix Therapeutics where he covered northeast Alabama.
Jones was born in Eufaula, Ala. and currently resides in Thibodaux with his wife Alicia Jones (formerly Hatcher).
ZACH BUTLER | ASSISTANT COACH / PITCHING COACH
Following the 2015 season, Zach Butler was promoted to Pitching Coach for the Nicholls baseball program.
In 2015, Butler helped coach the Colonel pitching staff to the lowest team ERA in the Southland Conference for a second consecutive season. Nicholls had three pitchers taken in the 2015 MLB Draft - LHP Grant Borne (Washington Nationals), LHP Stuart Holmes (Toronto Blue Jays) and RHP Ryan Deemes (Houston Astros). The Colonels also had the league's Pitcher of the Year for a second straight season, with Justin Sinibaldi receiving the honor.
Serving as an assistant coach in 2014, Butler helped coach Nicholls to a 32-26 overall record and a 20-10 mark in league action. The Colonels posted the lowest ERA in the conference and Colonel pitcher Taylor Byrd earned SLC Pitcher of the Year honors.
Butler was hired as a volunteer assistant coach and camp coordinator for the Nicholls baseball team in the summer of 2013 after a stint as a coach for the Acadiana Cane Cutters of the Texas Collegiate League.
Along with handling day-to-day duties, Butler will also head-up all camps and clinics put on by the club.
Butler, a graduate of McNeese State University, was drafted in the 34th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays organization and played for the Gulf Coast Rays, Princeton Rays and Charlotte Stone Crabs. During that time as a pitcher he accumulated an overall earned run average of 1.95.
A two-year starter for the Cowboys, Butler helped lead McNeese State to the Southland Conference tournament during his college time, being named team captain in his senior season. Prior to joining the Cowboys he won two conference championships at Temple Junior College, making an appearance in both tournaments.
He returned to his alma mater last season and served as a pitching coach, organizing practices, assisting with game preparation and supervised the bull pen activities. The Cowboys made it back to the SLC tournament last season.
Butler resides in Thibodaux. His brother, Cole, is currently a pitcher with the Nicholls baseball program.
AUSTIN FLORES | ASSISTANT COACH / CAMP COORDINATOR
Austin Flores was promoted to Camp Coordinator and an assistant infielders and catchers coach following the 2015 season.
Flores helped coach the Colonels to back-to-back 30-win seasons for the first time since 1992-93.
Flores returned to Nicholls as a student assistant coach for the 2014 season after spending the summer as a scout for PerfectGame USA.
Flores, who finished his playing career in a Colonel uniform in 2012 was a part of two Southland Conference tournament teams, including the 2011 team that made it all the way to the tournament semifinals.
While working with PerfectGame, Flores was a scout who evaluated players during national tournaments and showcases, including having duties as field supervisor during those tournaments.
Also this summer, Flores was a scout for the under 15 east showcase for Team USA, helping evaluate players during scout days and tournaments. He helped scout the U.S. team that won gold at the COPABE Pan AMerican Championship against Cuba.
Flores got some experience at the high school level in his home state of Florida, serving as the head coach of the junior varsity squad while being an assistant for the varsity team. He served as the infield and hitting coach for the varsity team, while organizing the practice schedule and game preparation.
Flores resides in Thibodaux.
MICHAEL SUK | STUDENT ASSISTANT
Michael Suk returned to Nicholls as a student assistant coach for the 2015 season after spending two years as a professional baseball player with the Loredo Lemurs and one with the Sussex County Miners.
In two seasons with the Colonels, Suk posted an ERA of 4.74, with 128 strikeouts through 152 innings on the hill.
Michael Suk's brother, Christian, is currently a pitcher with the Nicholls baseball program.
GREG CARRASQUILLO | HEAD STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH
Greg Carrasquillo was hired as head strength and conditioning coach at Nicholls in July of 2013 after spending the last year at his alma mater as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Springfield (Mass.) College.
Carrasquillo, who earned a bachelor's and master's from Springfield, has worked with major FBS programs and in the National Football League during his career, as well as serving as a personal trainer sports performance coach.
At SC, Carrasquillo was the strength and conditioning coach for football, men's soccer and women's gymnastics, along with the sprinters and jumpers for the track and field team. He implemented all aspects of training for the teams, while teaching Olympic and core lifts, designing programs for injured players and overseeing the interns and student workers.
Before returning to Springfield, he worked at the University of Southern California as a volunteer assistant with the football, men's water polo and women's soccer programs. Carrasquillo implemented the summer training regiments for the teams, assisting in warmups and teaching proper technique.
In July of 2011, Carrasquillo became an assistant for the New York Jets organization, where he helped implement an in-season training program, participated in evaluation of athletes and aided players through corrective exercises. He assisted with rehab of injured players and helped develop the postseason manual, while educating the athletes on nutrition.
Carrasquillo was a volunteer strength and conditioning coach at LSU, working with the Tiger football team during the summer with workouts and athlete rehabilitation. Before that, he was a volunteer coach at the University of Connecticut, working specifically with the football program.
Upon graduating from college, Carrasquillo volunteered at Holy Cross with all of the varsity sports. He also had stints with the University of Massachusetts and at Harvard with the football, men's lacrosse and women's hockey programs. Along with designing strength and conditioning programs, he implemented workouts and assisted with NFL Pro Days.
Carrasquillo is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He holds certifications in CPR/AED and with the USA Weightlifting organization as a USA-W Level 1 Sports Performance Coach.