LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette Jeff baseball is officially under new leadership. Former McCutcheon Mr. Baseball and MLB pitcher Clayton Richard will coach the Broncho baseball team this upcoming spring.
Richard replaces longtime head coach Scott McTagertt, who was fired earlier this summer.
Jefferson High School principal Mark Preston released a statement confirming Richard's new role. The release reads, in part:
"Clayton is Lafayette born and raised. He brings a strong work ethic, unique experiences and a wealth of knowledge of the game. More importantly, Clayton is high in integrity and a great role model. He certainly checks all of the boxes for what we look for to lead our student-athletes."
Richard was named Mr. Football in 2002 and Mr. Baseball in 2003 during his time at McCutcheon high school. The Lafayette native played for the University of Michigan before being drafted by the Chicago White Sox.
He was a pitcher in the MLB from 2008-2019. After being traded by the White Sox, Richard spent time with the Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs, and San Diego Padres. Richard closed out the 2019 season with a 4.51 Career ERA and a (69-84) record on the mound. The former Maverick played in 275 games in the majors.
He was named Lafayette Jeff's quarterbacks coach in late May.
The Broncho baseball team finished the 2021 season with an (18-11) overall record.