HEAD COACH RICK FREMIN
The 2019 Lady Lion's were once again the Division I leaders in stolen bases for a single season with 227. Senior Jaquelyn Ramon led the nation with a record of 63 in a single season, earning the Golden Shoe Award.
Southeastern also had four athletes represented on the All-Louisiana team, Rebecca Skains earned second team honors while Jacquelyn Ramon, Alley McDonald, and Ella Manzer earned honorable mention.
SLU not only competed on the field but they also competed in the classroom as well having three student-athletes named to the All-Academic team. Madison Blackford was selected as a first team choice while Rebecca Skains and Ella Manzer were selected for the second team.
Rick Fremin is in his fifth season as the Southeastern Louisiana University head softball coach. Fremin became the sixth head coach in program history on July 22, 2015.
Fremin's 2018 Southeastern squad was the most successful in school history, finishing 38-21 overall and 18-9 in conference play on the way to finishing tied for second in the standings. The Lady Lions not only set school records for wins - both overall and in league games - but they also set new single-season school standards for runs (319), triples (20) and RBI (253).
For the second time in Fremin's tenure, SLU led the nation in stolen bases, finishing with a single-season school record 184. Southeastern also placed a single-season school record six student-athletes - senior Kinsey Nichols, senior Rachel Hayes, senior Mahalia Gibson, sophomore Ali McCoy, junior Jaquelyn Ramon and senior Alli Daigle - on the All-Southland Conference teams.
The 2017 Lions finished tied for the national lead with 162 stolen bases and ranked second in Division I with 2.95 stolen bases per game. Ramon led the Southland Conference and ranked fifth nationally with 54 stolen bases.
Gibson became the first Lady Lion to earn Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year honors. Gibson and Nichols were both named to the All-Southland Conference and All-Louisiana teams. Southeastern also placed a school-record five student-athletes on the NFCA All-American Scholar Team, as junior Grace DeLee, senior Mychal Truxillo, senior Kasey Nielson, junior Maddie Edmonston and Daigle.
In his first season with Southeastern, Fremin’s 2016 squad finished atop NCAA Division I with 172 stolen bases, breaking the previous school record by over a 100 steals. Senior Katie Lacour was the national leader with 58 stolen bases, earning the Golden Shoe Award, All-Louisiana and All-Southland honors. Lacour was joined on the All-Southland team by sophomore Kinsey Nichols.
Lacour batted .423 as a senior under Fremin. Her .425 career batting average was a Southland Conference career record.
Fremin, a Belle Chasse, Louisiana native came to Hammond after spending the previous five seasons at Jackson State.
Fremin led JSU to three Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) East Division championships – the first three in school history. During his five years in Jackson, Fremin has led the Tigers to 137 victories, including a 67-16 record in league contests. In his first season at Jackson State, he led his team to the first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
He was named the 2014 SWAC Coach of the Year and helped JSU set 70 school records during his five years at JSU. Fremin’s squad led the nation with 163 stolen bases in 2012. During his tenure, Fremin’s teams won games over Ole Miss, Arkansas, Houston and Texas Tech among others. Fremin was also a member of the NCAA Central Regional Advisory Committee from 2012-14.
Prior to his time at Jackson State, Fremin spent five seasons at Belhaven University, accumulating a 186-95 record. His 2010 squad made the program’s first NAIA National Tournament appearance and finished the season ranked sixth in the final national poll. During his time with the Blazers, he coached eight NAIA All-Americans.
Fremin was an assistant coach at Millsaps in 2005, helping the Majors to a SCAC West Division championship. Fremin’s teams have also consistently excelled in the classroom, being recognized by the NFCA with Academic All-American team honors on eight different occasions.
Fremin started his coaching career at his alma mater Belle Chasse High School, where he was named District 11-3A Coach of the Year twice after leading BCHS to district titles in each of his two seasons at the helm. The 1995 Belle Chasse graduate was a four-year letterman in football, baseball, and golf at BCHS.
A 2007 inductee in the Belhaven Sports Hall of Fame, Fremin was a three-year team captain and quarterback for the Blazers. Fremin earned his bachelor’s degree in sport administration from Belhaven in 1999 and earned his master’s in sports science from Jackson State in 2013.
Fremin and his wife, Alana, are the parents of two daughters, Brelan and Cambre.