ZACH BUTLER | ASSISTANT COACH / PITCHING COACH
Zach Butler heads into his third year as the Colonels pitching coach and fifth year with the Colonels coaching staff.
Five pitchers have been taken in the MLB Draft in Butler’s four years with the Colonels – LHP Taylor Byrd (Seattle Mariners), LHP Grant Borne (Washington Nationals), LHP Stuart Holmes (Toronto Blue Jays), RHP Ryan Deemes (Houston Astros) and RHP Cole Stapler (Arizona Diamondbacks). Under Butler’s tutelage, Justin Sinibaldi and Byrd earned SLC Pitcher of the Year Honors. Sinibaldi and Holmes additionally earned ABCA/Rawlings All-Region honors.
In 2017 the Colonels led the league in Pitcher of the Week Honors with four, two each by in Mike Hanchar and Cole Stapler.
In 2015, Butler helped coach the Colonels pitching staff to the lowest team ERA in the Southland Conference for a second consecutive season.
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. Those 20 wins in conference play marked the most in Colonels history.
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 assists in recruiting, daily routines for pitchers, organization of practices and game plans.
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 to the Southland Conference tournament, being named team captain his senior season. Prior to joining the Cowboys, he won two conference championships at Temple Junior College, making an appearance in both tournaments.
Butler resides in Thibodaux.
FORD PEMBERTON | VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH
Ford Pemberton joined the Nicholls baseball coaching staff in July 2016 as Director of Baseball Operations and Camp Coordinator.
He was promoted to assistant in July 2017, now serving as the Colonels first-base coach and handling catchers. Pemberton assists head coach Seth Thibodeaux with an infield that led the Southland in fielding percentage in 2017. He also assists Coach Walt Jones with hitters in an offense that led the SLC in Doubles (111) and Hit by Pitch (109) in 2018. The '18 Colonel offense also finished second in the SLC in runs scored and runs batted in.
Pemberton also coordinates travel, game contracts, the Nicholls Fall League, camps, and showcases. He is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and served as a speaker at the Bayou/River Coaches Clinic in 2017.
Pemberton served as an assistant at C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport from 2014 to 2016. He also served as an associate scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks during his time at Byrd. Prior to his time at Byrd, he spent time as an assistant coach at Zachary High School and Parkview Baptist High School. Pemberton helped lead all three schools to the LHSAA State Championship.
A native of Bossier City, Pemberton attended Haughton High School and graduated from Louisiana State University in 2013 with a degree in Kinesiology.
Pemberton resides in Thibodaux with his wife Sarah.
LEE CLARK | STUDENT ASSISTANTLee Clark was named the Nicholls baseball student assistant coach for the 2018-19 season by head coach Seth Thibodeaux.