Trahan to continue baseball career at Southern

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Trace Trahan sits alongside his family, head coach Paul Burgard (standing on the left) and principle Mark Pellegrin (standing on the right). Photo by Kyle Riviere.

Just recently, Ascension Christian standout Trace Trahan gathered alongside his friends and family at the school to celebrate the next step in his baseball career.

After a very successful senior season, Trahan will be making the short trip to Baton Rouge to play for 13-time SWAC Coach of the Year Roger Cador and his Southern Jaguars. Cador has offered Trahan a spot on the team as a preferred walk-on.

A preferred walk-on--also known as a recruited walk-on--is an athlete recruited by a program but not offered a scholarship for the first year. Often times, the player will be assured a roster spot before committing to the school and receive many privileges that scholarship athletes enjoy.

Trahan couldn't be more happy for the opportunity to play at the next level. He said, "It's very exciting. It's just a dream come true."

The Ascension Christian shortstop caught Cador's eye on the strength of a huge senior campaign where he batted .378 and earned first-team All-District 9-1A honors.

His first-year head coach Paul Burgard couldn't be more excited to see one of his players rewarded for such great play and dedication.

"I'm very proud because he worked so hard to get here. Trace is one of the hardest working athletes I've ever been around," Burgard said. "But I'm also proud of him because he's representing our school, and he's letting the community know that young men that come to our school and play baseball for us can go on and play at the next level."

And now that he's off to that next level, Trahan thinks that his hard work will pay dividends for him. "I think my best attributes are work ethic, leadership and athleticism; I'm just going to work hard and do all that I can to get on the field," Trahan said.

He will try to give a boost to a Jaguar team that was up and down this past season--finishing with a 21-23 record. Southern is hoping to rebuild the program to the SWAC powerhouse it once was when they won 31 conference titles--five of which coming after 2000.

Cador is responsible for much of the program's success. In his 20-plus seasons in Baton Rouge, he has won over 600 games, led the Jaguars to 13 conference championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances.

Burgard thinks Trahan will fit right into Cador's system and be a great player for him in the future.

"He will be successful because of his work ethic," Burgard said. "He's got the talent and ability so once he acclimates himself to the college level, the college game and the speed of the game, he's going to be fine. He's got the ability to really contribute at Southern."

Trahan will officially join the team in August and begin his journey of breaking into the starting lineup and playing at the Division I level. He's very excited at what the future may hold. He said, "I just want to bring a lot of energy and do everything I possibly can to help the team."