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Baseball: B.J. Ryan heard the call to stand up and can't wait to work with Deggs, Cajuns baseball

Kevin Foote, The Advocate, July 28, 2019


B.J. Ryan, shown here with the Toronto Blue Jays during his pitching career, is now hoping to honor the memory of his former college coach Tony Robichaux by being the Ragin' Cajuns' new pitching coach.   

Like so many of coach Tony Robichaux’s former UL Ragin’ Cajuns, B.J. Ryan heard the call.

New head coach Matt Deggs made it clear in his introductory press conference two weeks after Robichaux’s death and 25 years of running UL’s baseball program.

It was time to stand up.

That will obviously take place in a lot of different ways for those who were burdened by those words.

New UL baseball coach Matt Deggs adds former Major Leaguer B.J. Ryan, retains rest of staff

For former UL outfielder and pitcher and two-time Major League Baseball All-Star closer Ryan, that meant letting Deggs know he was interested in being the program’s new volunteer pitching coach.

“I’m sure I’m not the only person that felt that,” said Ryan, who was officially announced Friday. “I’m sure a lot of guys felt that urge to want to stand up and want to help. It’s kind of built into you when you’re part of that program. Guys are intertwined. From the guys who played back then to the guys who play now, we all kind of share the same emotions and the same thoughts.”