July 2016

Rock on Coach Gilligan!

Lamar baseball players from teams of 1992-96 surround coach Jim Gilligan and his recently presented rocking chair during Gilligan’s retirement ceremony before Saturday’s game against Sam Houston State. (I.C. Murrell/The News) BEAUMONT — Lamar athletic director Jason Henderson said that longtime baseball coach Jim Gilligan did not want a plaque for his upcoming retirement. So, Henderson did one better: He gave Gilligan a rocking chair made out of baseball bat wood, with bats making up its arms and legs.