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Coaching Staff

Laura Heberling
Assistant Coach

Laura Heberling is in her 2nd season with Utah State. In her position, Heberling oversees the Utah State pitchers and catchers.

She comes to Utah State from the University of South Carolina Beaufort, where she spent five seasons as the head coach. Prior to that, she was an assistant coach for the Sand Sharks for three seasons. In her time as head coach, Heberling posted a record of 177-92. She was named the Sun Conference Coach of the Year in 2015 and led the team to Sun Conference Tournament championships in 2013 and 2015. In her time at USCB, she coached multiple players to NAIA All-American honors, while 30 earned all-Sun Conference accolades.

Heberling also had coaching stops as an assistant coach at Iowa Wesleyan and a graduate assistant at Williams Woods. As a player, she started her career at Young Harris College, followed by one year at Virginia Intermont College before playing her final season under Johnson at UNC Pembroke. Heberling holds a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from UNC Pembroke and a master's in athletics/activities administration from William Woods. She and her husband, Ed, have a son, Hollis.


 

Bailey Thomas
Assistant Coach

Bailey Thomas is in his first season as an assistant coach at Utah State, having joined the staff in October, 2019.  Thomas works with the outfielders as well as assisting with the hitters.

A 2016 graduate of Utah State, Thomas previously spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach and team manager for the Aggies. In his role, Thomas assisted in practice and field preparations, travel logistics and game and practice film.

Since graduating from USU, Thomas has completed an internship with the Idaho Falls Chukars, a Minor League Baseball Rookie Advanced League team. He also spent one season as a volunteer assistant coach with the University of Mary baseball team. Most recently, Thomas worked as an underwriter for EMC Insurance, and was a supervisor for Premier Cleaning Services, both in Bismarck, N.D.

Thomas started his collegiate career at USU Eastern, where he played baseball. He then played on the Utah State club baseball team. Thomas and his wife, Heather, have a 2-year-old son, Brooks, and are expecting their second baby this spring.