Grambling State Univ. - Baseball



James Darrell Cooper is in his seventh season at the helm of the Tigers baseball program. The 2010 SWAC Baseball Coach of the Year has long time been a staple of the Grambling community having also served as an assistant coach on the Tigers baseball staff and recruiter in the Grambling Office of Admissions.
Cooper, who led the Tigers to a SWAC championship in his first season as head coach, is a graduate of Grambling State with a bachelors of science in marketing (2004) and masters in sport administration (2008). During his playing days at GSU, Cooper was twice named second team all-conference and following his senior campaign received first-team All-SWAC honors.

Cooper was a 33rd round draft pick to the Houston Astros organization. Cooper followed up his playing career at Grambling with a brief stint in the Houston Astros organization, before playing a year with the Sussex Skyhawks.

Notable draft picks under Cooper’s helm:

  • Jeremy Shelby OF 38th round Baltimore Orioles
  • Eldred Barnett OF 29th round San Francisco Giants
  • Chris Wolfe SS 30th round Oakland A’s
  • Cory Jordan RHP 35th round Tampa Bay Rays

A native of Cullen, La, Cooper and his son, Zavier, reside in Grambling, La. Historically, he noted as only the fifth head baseball coach in school history.