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SE Louisiana names Riser baseball coach

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2014 at 6:54 pm •  Published: January 21, 2014

HAMMOND, La. (AP) — Southeastern Louisiana University athletics director Jay Artigues says interim baseball coach Matt Riser has been given the job on a permanent basis.

The 30-year-old Riser had been promoted from assistant to interim head coach last June, when Artigues relinquished head coach duties to take over the athletic department.

Riser played college baseball at Tulane and was on the 2005 Tulane team that reached the College World Series. Before that he played under Artigues at Pearl River Community College.

In 2008, two years after Artigues had taken over at Southeastern, Riser joined the Lions as a volunteer assistant.

Riser, a Picayune, Miss., native, has since coached seven players who've been selected in Major League Baseball drafts.

He says getting Southeastern's head coaching job is a "dream come true."