New Orleans, La. - Loyola University New Orleans Head Baseball Coach Doug Faust named Robert “Buddy” Turnage Jr. as assistant baseball coach today. Turnage will serve as the team’s pitching coach and assist with all other aspects of the program.
Turnage comes to Loyola after a successful high school coaching career in the New Orleans area. He was most recently the head coach at Belle Chasse High School from 2007-09 where he had a 47-29 record. His 2009 squad made it to the State Semi-Finals. He was named the 4A State Coach of the Year by LSWA, Metro Coach of the Year, District Coach of the Year, and Westbank Coach of the Year.
From 2004-05, Turnage was the head baseball coach at Chalmette High School before having to relocate to Shreveport, La in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. In 2005, Chalmette High School went 24-12 recording the most wins in school history. They were State Tournament Semi-Finalists and District Runner-up, earning Turnage the St. Bernard Parish Coach of the Year award.
Turnage’s players earned numerous awards including two All-State, one All-Metro, and one as the District MVP. Seven former players were named to the All-District first team, six All-District second team, three All-District Honorable Mention, and nine were tabbed All-Westbank players.
This is the second stint for Turnage at Loyola as he was the pitching coach for the Wolf Pack baseball team from 1999-01. The 2000 squad won 35 games - the most in school history. Turnage’s pitching staff had a nearly 3-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio and ranked second in ERA in the conference in 2000.
“I’m excited that Buddy Turnage has joined our staff. He is a passionate young coach, who excels in getting results from pitchers. As a former college player, Buddy was a great competitor and successful on the mound. He has continued that success during his coaching career. He will be an asset to our program and the University,” stated Faust.
Collegiately, Turnage played at the University of New Orleans for two seasons from 1998-99. As a Privateer, he set the record for most appearances in back-to-back seasons (56 total appearances). He was named to the Winn-Dixie Showdown Tournament Team and the Sun Belt Conference Tournament Team in 1999. He was 4-1 record with four saves in his junior season and led UNO in ERA his senior season. Prior to joining the Privateers, the Meraux native pitched at Delgado Community College where he was the Friday night starter and led all starters in ERA, ranking fourth in the nation, before transferring to UNO.
“I’m so excited to be back at Loyola and working at the collegiate level. My two seasons here were some of the most enjoyable of my career. I look forward to working with Coach Faust in developing our student athletes as baseball players and young men. I can’t wait to get on the field and start the process of preparing for the upcoming season,” said Turnage.