Fresh from finishing his four-year career as a Cardinal pitcher, Matt Gore is staying on with the program this year as a volunteer assistant on coach Jim Gilligan's staff.
Gore's duties include working with the pitchers and assisting the other coaches with field maintenance and the day-to-day operations of the program.
Gore completed his Cardinal playing career last season by going 1-1 in 17 relief appearances. He posted a 4.29 earned run average and recorded 20 strikeouts in 21 innings.
His win came on three innings of hitless work in the Cardinals' season-opening 1-0 decision over Austin Peay. For his career, Gore made one start in 42 appearances and had a 1-2 record, one save and a 4.31 ERA.
He struck out 47 batters in 54.1 innings. Gore accounted for his only career save by striking out the only batter he faced on three pitches in a 6-4 Southland Conference victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi during his junior season. His only start also came in 2008, and he was credited with a no-decision in the game the Cardinals eventually won 5-4 in 11 innings over Southeastern Louisiana.
As a senior, the 23-year-old Gore served as vice president of Lamar's Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and he was also honored on the SLC Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll as a junior and a senior. He received his bachelor's degree in general studies from Lamar in May of 2009.
A 6-foot-2, 195-pounder, Gore was an All-District 20-4A performer as a pitcher and an outfielder during his senior season at Little Cypress-Mauriceville in 2004. He compiled 103 strikeouts and a 1.02 ERA in 71 innings that spring.
"The greatest thing about Matt is that he's already been in our program for five years," said Gilligan. "His outstanding quality as a player was his work ethic. No one, and I mean absolutely no one, was going to outwork Matt.
"He would finish at the head of the pack every time the pitchers ran sprints in the outfield, and he could still finish at the head of the pack now. It's convenient to me and to our entire staff that we're able to add someone to the staff who we won't have to train. We've been training him for five years, and he has a thorough knowledge of the system."