Lafayette graduate Jason Hale takes a new path in his coaching career, wearing purple and gold.
Bishop LeBlond recently announced the hiring of Hale as the Golden Eagles’ new assistant baseball coach.
“It’s different,” Hale said. “It’s a bit surreal.”
Hale graduated from Lafayette in 1995 and went on to Peru State where he played baseball. He then graduated college with a degree in Sports Management.
Hale spent 13 years coaching Lafayette baseball with ten of those as head coach.
“I know his passion and dedication for the game,” LeBlond’s head coach Myles McLaughlin said. “All the experience he brings over is huge.”
During his coaching time at Lafayette, Hale’s teams have won three district championships and advanced to the state quarterfinals two times.
Over his years coaching the Fighting Irish, Hale has compiled a record of 108-43.
“Coach Hale is a proven winner,” McLaughlin said.
“I saw that from the other dugout for four years now.”
McLaughlin has been coaching LeBlond for four years. This upcoming season will be his second as head coach.
He and Hale have known each other from competing against one another over the years. The two talked to one another about coaching opportunities and the idea to hire Hale as an assistant coach was mutual.
“The opportunity was there. I think this is a win-win for everybody,” McLaughlin said.
Hale said even though he grew up with north-side pride, he greatly admired LeBlond’s longtime athletic director and baseball coach Greg Kastner, who retired in 2015.
“He’s a mentor. I played baseball when he was a coach at LeBlond,” Hale said. “There’s a real rich history there.”
The Golden Eagles were Class 2 District 16 champions last season, claiming the programs’ 15th district title.
“Winning a district championship and moving as far as they did into postseason play, that’s a pretty promising thing,” Hale said. “Anytime you get to be apart of that is pretty awesome.”
LeBlond baseball continues to search for its first state championship title.
Hale said he and McLaughlin have a lot of the same drive when it comes to LeBlond’s baseball program. The two both want to improve the program and take it to the next level.
“I share a lot of goals and aspirations as (McLaughlin) does,” Hale said. “Listening to him was inspirational because it reminded me of my myself. My goal is to give back so this gives me the opportunity to do that.”