Jayson Langfels, who starred at Lafayette and Eastern Kentucky before playing in the minor leagues for the Colorado Rockies, was hired by the Colonels' baseball program as director of operations.
Langfels was a three-year starter at third base for EKU from 2008 to 2010. He was drafted after his junior season in the 16th round by the Rockies and played six seasons in their minor league system.
Langfels' best professional season came in 2012 when he hit .280 with four home runs, 51 RBI and 44 runs scored for Class A Advanced Modesto. A year later he hit 14 home runs for Double-A Tulsa.
"Jayson is one of the all-time great players to ever put on a Colonel uniform," EKU Coach Edwin Thompson said. "We are so lucky to have him come back into our program."
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Langfels was a two-time first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference selection. He broke the league record for career triples by two, finishing with 18.
"I am humbled to get the opportunity to work in Eastern athletics," Langfels said. "I am very grateful for Coach Thompson and his staff for welcoming me into their program. Eastern Kentucky has done so much for me. It feels great to be back and be a part of this special program."
Langfels was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball after his first season, when he hit .304 with four home runs, 37 RBI and a school single-season record eight triples. He was chosen as a second-team All-American after hitting .441 with 12 home runs, 72 RBI, 45 runs and 15 stolen bases as a sophomore in 2009. Langfels posted a .353 batting average with 16 home runs and 52 RBI as a junior.
"Jayson's experience as a player at EKU and during his time in professional baseball will benefit our players on many levels," Thompson said.