NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State head baseball coach Bobby Barbier again has reached into his Tuscaloosa pipeline to fill a slot on his Demons’ coaching staff.
For the second straight season, Barbier has added an Alabama baseball alumnus as the NSU volunteer assistant coach. This time it is former Crimson Tide catcher Charley Waldrep who takes the final position on Barbier’s second coaching staff.
Waldrep follows his former Alabama teammate Taylor Dugas, who was promoted to a full-time position in June. Waldrep’s appointment is subject to approval by the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System, which includes Northwestern State.
“Charley will be a tremendous addition to our staff,” said Barbier, who was on the Alabama staff during Waldrep’s playing career. “He has a great work ethic and is a true student of the game. There is no doubt he will make us a better team.”
After completing his four-year career at Alabama, Waldrep spent the past two seasons as the head freshman coach and varsity outfielders coach at McKinney (Texas) Boyd High School. He also coached freshman football and served as a varsity assistant.
Waldrep was a member of the Alabama baseball team from 2010-13, including a season as a student assistant. He was actively involved in the community while with the Crimson Tide, volunteering his time with the Miracle League of Birmingham, the Miracle League of Tuscaloosa and with tornado relief in Tuscaloosa.
A graduate of Celina (Texas) High School, Waldrep was an All-State running back and catcher from 2007-2009 and was named the preseason Class 3A MVP by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football prior to the 2008 season. Waldrep started in both the football and baseball Texas All-Star games for the North.
Waldrep earned his bachelor of science in human environmental sciences from Alabama in December 2013.