Jimmy Ricklefsen – Assistant Coach – Baseball Coaches
Jimmy Ricklefsen is entering his 16th year overall at McNeese as a player, assistant coach and head coach. He returned home in 2016 to join the Cowboys staff after spending the previous 19 years on Lamar’s staff. He serves as scouting coordinator, alumni relations, field coach, and first base coach while assisting batters.
Ricklefsen has a storied past as he coached baseball in the Southland Conference for 35 years, the most years in conference history. As head coach, he led the McNeese program to its most successful season in program history with a 41-16 record in 1995. He was on every McNeese championship-winning team, except for 2000 and 2006.
Before returning home to McNeese, Ricklefsen served 19 years on Lamar’s staff, including six as an associate head coach, helped guide the Cardinals to two conference championships, two league tournament titles and six appearances in NCAA Regionals. He was the scouting coordinator in addition to coaching third base, working with infielders, defensive lineup, and assisting batters.
2021 Southland Conference Tournament Champion
2021 NCAA Fort Worth (TCU) Regional Appearance
2019 Southland Conference Tournament Champion
2019 Nashville (Vanderbilt) NCAA Regional Appearance
2017 Southland Conference Champions
1993 Southland Conference Champions
1993 NCAA Central Regional Appearance (Texas A&M)
1988 Southland Conference Champions
1988 NCAA Midwest Regional Appearance (Oklahoma State)
2010 Southland Conference Tournament Champion
2010 NCAA Fort Worth (TCU) Regional Appearance
2004 Southland Conference Champions
2004 Southland Conference Tournament Champions
2004 NCAA Regional Appearance Austin (Texas)
2003 Southland Conference Champions
2003 NCAA Regional Appearance Austin (Texas)
2002 Southland Conference Tournament Champion
2002 NCAA Houston (Rice) Regional Appearance
In his time at McNeese and Lamar he recruited and coached:
• 106 players selected in the MLB Entry Draft
• 10 major league baseball players
• 21 All Americans
• 166 All-Conference players
• Seven SLC Hitters of the Year
• Six SLC launchers of the year
• Newcomers of the year in six leagues
• Nine players in the 90’s Southland Conference team of the decade and 11 players in the ’00 team.
Ricklefsen graduated from McNeese in 1986 and served as an assistant coach under the late legendary Tony Robichaux from 1987 to 1994, helping the Cowboys to their first-ever Southland Conference championship in 1988 and two NCAA Regionals appearances (1988, 1993).
After spending seven seasons as an assistant coach under Robichaux (1988-94) and one as a graduate assistant under Nolan Viator (1987), Ricklefsen was named McNeese’s head coach before the 1995 season. He posted an 81-79 record , including tying the school record for single-season wins with 41 in the 1995 campaign. The Cowboys’ 41-16 record and .719 winning percentage in a year is a school record.
As a Cowboys player from 1984 to 1986, he played in both the infield and outfield and hit .333 in his senior season. He also led the Cowboys in stolen bases for two seasons and hit 11 career homers.
He played for Wayne Graham, a member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame and former Rice University baseball head coach, at San Jacinto Junior College before transferring to McNeese.
Ricklefsen, a Houston native, served for three years on the NCAA Southern Region At-Large Baseball Advisory Committee, which recommends general teams for selection to play in NCAA regionals.
He is set to become one of 450 coaches nationwide to be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) as a life member, with the induction ceremony scheduled for January 7, 2022. He is member for 35 years of the organization.
Ricklefsen and his wife Andrea have one daughter, Lauren. Lauren is married to Garrett Buller and the couple have two children, son Hudson and daughter Adalynn Grace.
The Rickelfsen File:
McNeese – Assistant Coach (2016–present)
Lamar – Associate Head Coach (2010-2015)
Lamar – Assistant Coach (1998-2010)
McNeese – Head Coach (1995-1997)
McNeese – Assistant Coach (1988-1994)
McNeese – Graduate Assistant (1987)