Lakeshore High Principal April Jarrell announced on June 5 that Brother Martin assistant Jacob Seward has taken the reins of the Titans’ baseball program.
“We are so excited for Coach Seward to join the Titan family,” Jarrell said. “This was a highly sought-after job with some incredible candidates. The knowledge he brings coming from such a great program coupled with his philosophy of discipline and hard work will surely guarantee another successful season. Our boys deserve the best, and that’s what we found.”
Seward replaces Boomer Nunez, who was terminated on May 14 after guiding Lakeshore to a 23-13 record, culminating in the program’s first state championship appearance.
“It’s a great opportunity, and I feel like I’m going to fit in well at Lakeshore,” Seward said. “Being at Brother Martin the last few years, I’ve coached a number of games against Lakeshore, and I’ve always liked the makeup of the young men they put out on the field. I think they play extremely hard. They’re an extremely tough group, and I’m looking forward to getting to know them and getting to work with them.”
Seward, 28, has been an assistant football and baseball coach for the Crusaders since 2017. A 2013 Brother Martin graduate, Seward was a four-year starter at Southeastern from 2014-2017, earning Southland Conference Player of the Year honors in 2015. He started 231 games as an outfielder and posted a career .278 batting average with 103 RBIs.
This will be Seward’s first head coaching position.
“I just felt like I was ready to take that next step in my career,” Seward said. “I think I’m a good leader of young men. I feel like I’m prepared for the next step. I’ve learned a lot of good stuff from the coaches I’ve played under at the high school level and the collegiate level, and then I’ve worked under some really good guys at Brother Martin who have taught me a lot. I just felt like I was ready to take that jump.”
The Titans graduated 12 seniors from this past season’s state runner-up squad. Seward said he’s looking forward to continuing to build on that success.
“We’re going to be an aggressive group,” he said. “We’re going to be a confident bunch, and we’re going to play hard. Personally, as a coach, I do my best to relate to the players as much as I can. I really believe I have some good insight, and I can help build skill sets for players individually and as teammates in general. We’re just really going to play hard every day. I’m excited about this opportunity.”
Seward is Lakeshore's fifth head coach in the past seven seasons. Despite the constant changes, Lakeshore has made back-to-back state tournament appearances.