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BATON ROUGE, La. – Josh Simpson, the director of baseball operations for LSU’s 2023 National Championship team, is returning to the Tigers as assistant coach, head coach Jay Johnson announced on Monday.

Simpson worked during the 2024 season as assistant coach at Georgia, where he helped lead the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament No. 7 National Seed and the NCAA Athens Regional title.

“I am really excited to bring Josh back to LSU as a member of our coaching staff,” Johnson said. “Josh is an elite evaluator, and will help us continue to bring the nation’s top players to Baton Rouge both from the high school ranks and the transfer portal.

“He was an instrumental member of our staff for the 2023 National Championship team, and he did a terrific job at Georgia this past year. I am looking forward to getting Josh back in our dugout and program, and our players will benefit tremendously with him being back in the purple and gold.”

Before serving as LSU’s director of operations in 2023, Simpson worked as an MLB scout for the Texas Rangers from 2016-22.

He was the head coach from 2008-15 at New Mexico Junior College, where he completed his career as the second winningest coach in program history, posting a 283-163 record. He saw over 18 players drafted into Major League Baseball and qualified for the regional tournament in eight consecutive seasons.

In 2014, he led NMJC to the Western Junior College Athletic Conference title, and he was named the WJCAC Coach of the Year.

Prior to becoming the NMJC head coach, Simpson was the hitting coach in 2007 at Central Arizona College, where he helped guide the team to the Region I Championship and a second place finish in the Western District Playoffs.

He worked as the volunteer coach at the University of New Mexico in 2006, and in 2005 he was the head coach at Lamar (Colo.) Community College, where his squad won the Region IX Championship and finished second in the Western District Playoffs. Lamar CC posted an overall record of 51-11 and a No. 4 final national ranking.

Simpson earned a bachelor’s of science degree in 2003 from Northwestern Oklahoma State, and he received a master’s degree in 2010 from East Central University in Ada, Okla.

(Release via LSU Athletics)

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tirebiter19 days
That is impressive in a state with population less than 2M. Glad to have him back.
"He was the head coach from 2008-15 at New Mexico Junior College, where he completed his career as the second winningest coach in program history, posting a 283-163 record. He saw over 18 players drafted into Major League Baseball and qualified for the regional tournament in eight consecutive seasons."
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Waverunner19 days
He found out who the 'real Wes' was. Same as we did, during the SEC tourney. Welcome Home!
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Poboytom20 days
Why did he leave. Wes is a sour arse person, maybe he sees the light now.
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goodgrin19 days
You have answered your question. That's what I was thinking. My boys have a baseball camp at Georgia in July. I'll ask Wes why he thought Geoegia gave the game away against LSU in Hoover and why Josh left the program.
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LSUbacchus8120 days
National champs 2025. Book it.
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LsuFan_195520 days
Naw, the food in Louisiana brought him back.
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6R1220 days
Interesting. Did he fall out of love with Wes?
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