Jayson Langfels, a former All-American at Eastern Kentucky University, has been named the baseball coach at Madison Southern.
He will be formally introduced on Monday, June 10 at 6 p.m. during a ceremony in the school's auditorium.
"Madison Southern would like to announce the hiring of their new baseball coach, Mr. Jayson Langfels," Southern athletic director Jay Simmons said in a release on Tuesday afternoon. "Coach Langfels has a proven track record both on and off the field. He has a true passion for the game of baseball, education, and impacting young lives in a positive way. We are very excited to have him lead these young students athletes on and off the field."
Langfels already has very deep ties to Madison Southern.
The Lexington native has worked at the school for the past four years, teaching science foundations. He was also an assistant baseball coach at Southern in 2017.
His wife, Courtney, also works at Madison Southern, where she teaches U.S. History. Jayson and Courtney have a three-year-old daughter, Kennedy, and an eight-month-old son, Wyatt.
Langfels played three seasons at EKU (2008-2010) before being drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 16th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.
Following his playing career, Langfels served as EKU's director of baseball operations in 2016. He returned to the staff in 2018 as a graduate assistant and director of player development.
This past season, Langfels was a volunteer assistant coach at EKU. In that role, he served as hitting coach, catching coach and camp coordinator.
Langfels played six years in the minor leagues. His best professional season came in 2012 when he hit .280 with four home runs, 51 RBI and 44 runs scored for the Class A Advanced Modesto Nuts.
A year later, he hit 14 home runs for Class AA Tulsa.
The two-time first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference selection broke the league record for career triples (18).
Langfels was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball after he hit .304 with four home runs, 37 RBI and a school single-season record eight triples.
He was chosen as a Second-Team All-American after hitting .441 with 12 home runs, 72 RBI, 45 runs and 15 stolen bases as a sophomore in 2009.
Langfels posted a .353 batting average with 16 home runs and 52 RBI as a junior.
His .441 batting average in 2009 is the sixth-best in a single-season ever by a Colonel. His 16 home runs in 2010 are the 10th-most and his 72 RBI in 2009 are the fourth-most in program history.
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.
In 2014, Langfels was recognized as having the best infield arm in the Texas League and was also rated as the best defensive third baseman.
Langfels was a second-team all-state selection after hitting .469 with 33 runs scored and 14 doubles as a senior at Lafayette High School.
The Lexington native is the third person to serve as the head baseball coach at Southern in the past four months.
In March, Gene Combs unexpectedly quit after four seasons at the school.
He left just three days before the start of the season.
Travis Frith was named the interim head coach and led the Eagles to a 16-15 record.
Southern finished as the 44th District Tournament runner-up, falling to Madison Central in the championship game.
The Eagles moved into the semifinals of the 11th Region Tournament for the first time in six years after they defeated Franklin County, 12-7, on May 26 in Frankfort.
Southern is set to graduate just one senior from its line-up.