Lake-Sumter Community College


Baseball Coaching Staff 

Rich Billings

Rich Billings

Head Coach

billingr@lssc.edu 

Rich Billings returned to Lake-Sumter State College in June of 2015 as the Head Baseball Coach.  He returns after one year as the Head Baseball Coach at Leesburg High School where he also taught 10th grade World History and led the Yellow Jackets to a 12-12 record following an 8-16 mark in 2014.

Prior to his stint at LHS he was an assistant coach in 2013 and 2014 at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.  While at FAU, he worked with outfielders and assisted with hitters while also serving as the Owls first base coach and Coordinator of Baseball Camps.  He helped the Owls to a 2013 Sun Belt Conference Championship and an appearance in the Chapel Hill Regional.  FAU just missed out on a Super Regional appearance losing in the championship game in 13 innings to the #1 nationally ranked, North Carolina Tarheels.  The Owls finished the 2013 season ranked 20th nationally.

Billings is no stranger to Lake-Sumter State College however.  He spent five seasons (2008-2012) as the head coach before moving on to FAU.  Billings also spent two seasons (2006-2007) as an assistant coach at LSSC before becoming the youngest college head coach in the country in 2008 at age 23.

During his 5-year head coaching stint at LSSC Billings saw his 2009 team break the school record for team batting average finishing the year right at .300.  He also saw 4 of his teams earn spots in the top five in all time fielding percentage while his 2012 team has the 3rd best ERA in program history.  He also led the 2011 squad in their first trip to the FCSAA State Tournament after a 2nd place finish in the Mid-Florida Conference.  While at the tournament they also earned the school’s first ever state tournament victory when they eliminated the State College of Florida Manatees 8-3 in game two.

Billings has sent over 40 players to the 4-year level, 16 of those to the Division I level.  He has coached twelve Academic All Americans with two teams finishing in the top 15 nationally in team GPA.  In 2008 he coached the Florida Defensive Player of the Year (Nick DelGuidice) while also seeing his first player drafted (RHP John Michael Blake – 32nd Round – San Francisco Giants).

Billings also has coaching experience with the Leesburg Lightning of the Florida Collegiate Summer League.  He spent the 2007 and 2012 seasons as the hitting coach for the Lightning and took over as the head coach in 2015.  In three of his four seasons with the Lightning he has helped them to the FCSL championship game at Tropicana Field winning the title in 2007.  He also served as the hitting coach for the Wilson Tobs of the Coastal Plain League in Wilson, NC in 2014.  He helped the Tobs earn their first playoff berth since 2009 before being eliminated in the second round of the 2014 CPL Playoffs.

Billings played for current Athletic Director, Mike Matulia, at Lake-Sumter State College in 2002 and 2003 after graduating in 2001 from Leesburg High School.  He earned All Mid-Florida Conference honors as an outfielder after his freshmen season.  He was an All-Academic Team selection for both the conference and state both years and was also chosen as a member of the USA Today All-Academic Team in 2003.  Following his sophomore season he was named the Bob & Merrill Westrick Male Student Athlete of the Year.  He started every game at LSSC in his two years and earned his Associate in Arts Degree in 2003.  Billings continued his baseball career at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN where he played for head coach Tony Skole.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History from ETSU with a minor in Geography in 2005 and went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Phoenix in 2007.

Billings lives in Mount Dora with his wife Betsy.


Chandler Jagodzinski

Chandler Jagodzinski

Pitching Coach 
 

Coach Jagodzinski joined the LSSC coaching staff in July of 2015 as the program’s pitching coach. He begins his coaching career after a 3-year professional career in the Frontier League as a relief pitcher. 

Jagodzinksi played at Lake-Sumter State College in 2009 and 2010 under current Head Coach, Rich Billings.  While at LSSC he broke the saves record after his freshman year finishing with seven.  He then broke his own record in 2010 finishing the year with nine saves.  He currently holds the career saves record with 16.  He also is among the leaders in ERA and appearances for a single season finishing the 2010 season with a 2.11 ERA and 29 appearances.  He was chosen to the All-Conference team both years and was the Bob & Merrill Westrick Male Student Athlete of the Year in 2010.  Following his sophomore season at LSSC, Jagodzinski became the only LSSC player ever to be chosen to compete at the Honkbal Games in Amsterdam for Team USA.  He earned is Associate in Arts Degree in 2010 from LSSC.

Jagodzinski went on to complete his college baseball career at the University of North Florida where he played for legendary head coach, Smoke Laval in 2011 and 2012.  In 2011 he made 25 appearances and finished with a 2-1 record and a 2.64 ERA.  In 2012 he led the team in appearances with 25 and earned a 1.86 ERA while going 3-0 for the Ospreys.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from UNF in 2012.

Following his college career he was drafted in the 2013 Frontier League tryout where he played for the River City Rascals and the Normal Cornbelters.

Jagodzinski graduated in 2008 from Boone High School in Orlando, FL where he played for Pete Post.

His responsibilities with LSSC include managing the pitching staff, assisting with recruiting, assisting in coordinating youth and high school camps, and throwing BP.

Jagodzinski lives in Orlando.


 

Doug Teegarden

Assistant Coach - Infielders 
 

Doug Teegarden, a Kentucky native, joined the LSSC coaching staff in July of 2016. Teegarden is serving as the team’s infield/hitting coach. This will be his first year coaching after his graduation from Eastern Kentucky University in the spring of 2016.

Teegarden just recently finished a stellar playing career at EKU under the direction of Head Coach Edwin Thompson. While at EKU, Teegarden was a four-year starter while being named an All-American his freshman year and making the Ohio Valley Conference All-Freshman Team.  Teegarden started 180 games in his career and compiled a .280 career average and a .419 on base percentage. Teegarden’s best year was his senior year but was halted due to a knee injury. Teegarden was hitting .320 and was leading the country in walks before the injury.

Teegarden and Head Coach Rich Billings have history together. Billings was Teegarden’s coach for two summers in a row. The summer of 2014 was spent in Wilson, NC with the Wilson Tobs of the Coastal Plains League. During the summer of 2015, Teegarden played right here in Leesburg with the Leesburg Lightning of the Florida Collegiate League.

Teegarden graduated from Boone County High School in Florence, KY.

His responsibilities with LSSC include managing the infielders, assisting with recruiting, assisting in coordinating youth and high school camps, throwing BP, and coaching first base.