Howard College has named Jake Carlson as the new head coach for the Hawk’s baseball program. Carlson is replacing previous head coach Jack Giese and will start his official duties immediately.

            Carlson was previously on staff with the Hawks from 2012-2015 as an assistant coach under Britt Smith. He now returns to the Hawks from the University of Louisiana Monroe where he has served as an assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator since 2018. 

            “We are excited to have Coach Carlson back in our program,” said Dr. Amy Burchett, Executive Vice President. “His experience on the field and in the recruiting world, as well as his character and leadership, will be a tremendous asset for the Hawks.”

Carlson has accumulated over 19 years of coaching experience including time at the University of Texas in San Antonio, Texas A&M University, Blinn College, Odessa College, Coffeyville Community College, and Nicholls State University. 

“I am so excited to be returning to Howard College and taking over the Hawk baseball program,” said Carlson. “I have a high level of respect for the history and tradition of the program and am looking forward to putting my stamp on things and having a winning program.”

Throughout his coaching stints within the junior college realms, Carlson has coached 60 players who went on to play at the NCAA Division 1 level, has had 6 All-Americans, and has had over 40 players that have been selected in the MLB draft.

After playing baseball and earning his bachelor’s degree at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA, Carlson went straight into coaching and hasn’t looked back. As an outfielder himself, Carlson has worked with teams as a hitting and outfield coach, recruiting coordinator, base running coach and most recently worked as the infield coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Louisiana Monroe.  

Additionally, Carlson was able to gain valuable experience while at Texas A&M University being a part of the SEC Tournament Championship, two regional championships, two super regional appearances and a trip to the college world series while serving as the volunteer assistant coach. 

            Jake, along with his wife Jessica and their 3-year-old daughter Callie Rene Carlson, will quickly be relocating to the Howard County area. “We have fond memories of our time in Howard County and look forward to coming back and making our new home here,” said Carlson.