By Mike Moore
The Madison Southern Eagles baseball team will have a new skipper when the 2020 season rolls around as former Eastern Kentucky University standout Jayson Langfels will take the helm.
“Coach Langfels has a proven track record both on and off the field,” school athletics director James Simmons said in a media release. “He has a true passion for the game of baseball, education, and positively impacting young lives. We are very excited to have him lead these young student-athletes on and off the field.”
Langfels, who has been at Southern for four years teaching science foundations, brings to the program a wealth of experience. He was the three-year starter for EKU (2008-2010). After his junior year, the Colorado Rockies took him in the 16th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft.
Lanfels spent six years in Colorado’s minor league system, where his best professional season came in 2012 when he hit .280 with four home runs, 51 RBIs and 44 runs scored for the Class A Advanced Modesto Nuts. A year later Langfels belted 14 home runs for AA Tulsa.
In 2014, Langfels was recognized as having the best infield arm in the Texas League AA and was also rated as the best defensive third baseman. While at EKU, Langfels was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball after his first season in maroon and white when he hit .304, with four home runs, 37 RBIs and a school single-season record eight triples. He was a second-team All-American after hitting .441 with 12 home runs, 72 RBIs, 45 runs and 15 stolen bases as a sophomore in 2009. Langfels posted a .353 batting average with 16 home runs and 52 RBIs as a junior.
Less than a year after his collegiate career ended, Langfels was chosen to the EKU All-Century Team in February 2011.
Langfels finished his EKU career with 203 hits, 32 home runs, 161 runs batted in and a .364 batting average. He completed his degree in general studies in health sciences at EKU in December 2014. His high-school career was equally as impressive as he was a second team all-state selection after hitting .469 with 33 runs scored and 14 doubles as a senior at Lafayette High School in Lexington.
His wife, Courtney, also works at Madison Southern where she teaches U.S. History. Jayson and Courtney have a 3-year-old daughter named Kennedy and an 8-month-old son named Wyatt.
Langfels takes over the Eagles’ program from Gene Combs who unexpectedly resigned a few games into the 2019 season.
In 2019, the Southern baseball team finished 16-15 and lost in the second round of the 11th Region tournament to Lafayette (12-7).