"A New Diamond Era At LC" (From The Franklin Times)

July 26, 2012

morton & laneve

Louisburg College's baseball history book will feature a brief-but-thrillling chapter on the work of Mike McGuire as head coach. McGuire spent only one season at LC - but what a year it would prove to be. With McGuire at the helm, Louisburg set a school single-season record for victories with 52. The Hurricanes also started the campaign with 27 straight conquests and were ranked No. 1 nationally for several weeks.

Louisburg's excellence drew the attention of four-year colleges, and McGuire would accept the head coaching spot at Division I Morehead State University. The star of the next chapter will be Keith Shumate, who has the task of keeping up Louisburg's recent diamond momentum.

Shumate brings a wealth of experience - and ideas - to the LC baseball program. For 15 years, he was the head coach at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro before taking last season off to watch his son compete on the high school level.

As a lifelong resident of the Tar Heel State, Shumate knows all about LC's lofty tradition - from its long list of future pros to the likes of coaching legends Russ Frazier and Billy Godwin. "The biggest thing was that I've known about the work Coach Frazier has done - I always had a lot of respect for him," Shumate said. "The Louisburg name speaks for himself."

"We know there will be some holes to fill, but I am fortunate because the program is in great shape," Shumate said. "I would rather follow somebody who has been successful than to have to start from scratch. At Louisburg, there is definitely a realistic opportunity to win..."

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