Jack Byerley | ASSISTANT COACH
Armed with over two decades of collegiate coaching experience, Jack Byerley joined the Southeastern Louisiana softball staff as an assistant coach in June 2019. Byerley will primarily work with the Lady Lion hitters and infielders.
Byerley spent the 2019 season as a volunteer assistant at Spring Hill College under legendary former South Alabama baseball coach Steve Kittrell. Prior to that, he spent 11 seasons as the head coach at Northwest Florida State College, where he led the Raiders to 378 wins, 10 FCSAA tournament appearances and three Panhandle Conference championships.
Prior to taking over in Niceville, he was an assistant at Auburn for three seasons and twice helped the Tigers to NCAA Regional appearances. His time at Auburn followed a two-year stint at Francis-Marion, where as head coach he led the Patriots to a 73-26 record and the school’s first-ever Division II national ranking.
Byerley’s first Division I experience came as an assistant at Florida from 2000-02. During his time with the Gators, UF advanced to the NCAA Regional in 2001.
Byerley came to Florida after starting the softball program at Central Alabama Community College. He posted a 205-47 record and led the team to four consecutive conference championships, twice earning Alabama Junior College Athletic Association Coach of the Year honors.
Byerley got his coaching start at Robertsdale High School in Alabama, where he led the program to a 107-9 record and back-to-back state championships in his final two seasons.
A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Byerley received his bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from South Alabama in 1981.
KATIE LACOUR | ASSISTANT COACH
One of the most decorated softball student-athletes in program history, Katie Lacour joined the Southeastern Louisiana softball staff as an assistant coach in August 2018.
A 2016 graduate of Southeastern, Lacour is the only three-time first team All-Southland Conference performer in school history. The Port St. Joe, Florida native was named to the All-Southland and All-Louisiana teams in each of her four seasons in Hammond.
She was named to the All-South Region team as a junior, after ranking among the national leaders with a single-season school record .484 batting average. In her lone season under Fremin, Lacour received the NFCA Golden Shoe Award after leading Division I with 58 stolen bases and setting a single-season school record with 49 runs scored.
Lacour’s .425 career batting average is the highest in the history of the Southland Conference. She is still the program’s career leader with 277 hits and 148 runs scored.
Lacour will work with the team’s outfielders and hitters. Following graduation, she moved back to her home state with coaching stints at Port St. Joe High School and Apalachicola Bay Charter School.
ALANA FREMIN | VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT
Alana Fremin is in her fifth season with the Southeastern Louisiana softball coaching staff. The veteran coach is in charge of player development and coaches first base during the games.
Fremin, the wife of fifth-year head coach Rick Fremin, has been on her husband’s coaching staff for both of his previous collegiate head coaching experiences at Belhaven and Jackson State. Fremin, who primarily worked with the outfielders at JSU, helped both Jackson State and Belhaven reach new heights on and off the field.
Fremin played collegiately at Belhaven and Florida Community College in Jacksonville, where she was a four-time All-Conference centerfielder. In 2012, Alana was inducted into the Belhaven University's Sports Hall of Fame for her leadership and accomplishments on the softball field.
The Fremins are the parents of two daughters, Brelan and Cambre.
April Byerley | Player Development & Camp Coordinator
April Byerley joined Southeastern Louisiana University softball coaching staff in July 2019 as the
player development and camp coordinator. Byerley was previously a volunteer assistant at Spring Hill College who worked with the pitching staff and outfielders. Prior to that, Byerley was an assistant varsity coach at Niceville High School who helped lead the team to back-to-back state runner-up in 2017 and 2018. Byerley played collegiately as a pitcher and an outfielder at the University of South Carolina where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in experimental psychology in 2011 and two years at Northwest Florida State College previous to that. A native of Prior Lake, Minnesota, Byerley is married to Jack Byerley and resides in Hammond, Louisiana.