The Monroe community had lost faith in ULM baseball after back-to-back last place finishes in the Sun Belt that led to the firing of Bruce Peddie. It would take a big step to bring excitement back to the program.
That may have happened today with the press conference of new baseball coach Mike Federico.
There's always a level of excitement when a new coach is hired with the expectation of change. Federico laid out his plan and vision to get the Warhawk baseball program back to relevance.
Coach Fed described his plan as "wanting my players to walk across the stage with a diploma in one hand and a championship ring on the other."
Federico will have his players "play hard and smart while winning in the classroom, on the field, and in the community."
Perhaps the most exciting part for Monroe fans was Federico saying that it was "time to re-engage the past."
While Federico may have won the press conference, he still steps into a tough job that will need time to return to the top.
That job was made a little easier with the hiring of Matt Collins as Assistant Coach. Collins comes from Stephen F. Austin where the Lumberjacks were 34th in the country in hitting last season.
Collins is no stranger to Monroe. He played at ULM in 2008 and 2009 where he hit .344 in his two-year career.
Collins is also the son of ULM Football Defensive Coordinator Mike Collins.
Getting the community excited about ULM Baseball again is step one.
Winning games to keep Monroe excited is a big step two.