LETU Athletic Communications
LeTourneau University baseball has added Ross Skipper to its coaching staff, head coach Paul Phillips announced Thursday.
“Ross is the perfect guy for this role,” Phillips said. “I’ve had the pleasure of training daily alongside him and seeing him evolve over the past six years. He loves Christ. He brings a lot of energy and is committed to walking alongside college student-athletes. I am delighted to see what he is doing for this program and this institution. He brings a wealth of pitching and baseball knowledge beyond his years, as well as a proven record of developing pitchers. His commitment to learning, thinking outside the box and his work ethic will undoubtedly set him up for success here and beyond.
Skipper spent the 2021-22 college year as a pitching coach at Covenant, guiding the pitching staff to the lowest ERA and throwing more shutouts than any season in the previous five years. Under his tutelage, Jackson Rau became the first relief pitcher in program history to earn all-conference honors.
“I am absolutely thrilled to join the Coach Phillips staff at LeTourneau,” Skipper said. “The opportunity to help lead a collegiate program that emphasizes both on-field excellence and discipleship is exactly something I want to be a part of.”
Skipper’s coaching experience includes the past two seasons as head coach of the 17 U team with famed travel baseball organization, California Baseball Academy. His team stole 194 sacks in 42 games during that span.
Skipper, who graduated from Covenant in 2021, has amassed the fourth-most career appearances by a Scottish pitcher, tallying 57 over his five years. He went 5-2 with a 4.42 ERA, 50 strikeouts and 77.1 innings of work. Skipper trailed his team with 16 outings during his rookie campaign with the most relief appearances in his sophomore year with 17.
He received his bachelor’s degree in sports administration and graduated with honors, concluding his college career with his Capstone article exploring the use of data and analytics in baseball.
BASKETBALLFormer LETU women’s basketball player Ashley Crockett has returned to the YellowJackets bench as an assistant coach, head coach Scot MacAllister said Thursday.
“This is a home run of a rental for our program,” MacAllister said. “Coach Crockett returns to his alma mater after working with the NBA G League Texas Legends and two local high schools! His affection for LeTourneau, his basketball experiences, his enthusiastic personality and his sincere love for making young people disciples for the Christ make him the perfect recruit. We’re thrilled to have Coach Crockett coming home!
Before returning to his alma mater, Crockett was a social studies and history teacher at Longview High School from 2021 to 2022.
“I am truly grateful and blessed to have the offer from Coach Scot MacAllister, Dr. Tim Sceggel and Robin Harris,” Crockett said. “They see and believe in me and what I am capable of adding to the program, the department and the university on and off the field and the love of God that I exemplify through my daily life. “
During the 2021-2022 school year, she served as an assistant coach for the basketball and track and field programs, in charge of high jumpers at Hallsville High School.
She helped help the basketball team win the 2021 District 5A Championship at Hallsville High School. She has coached a pair of high jumpers to championships at district and regional levels, while qualifying for the regional meet in 2021.
“I’m excited and grateful to be back at my alma mater,” Crockett said. “Being here for my four years as a student and on the basketball team has been a blessing. Being able to improve my education and grow in my faith through Church on Purpose (Pastor Eric Love) has been a total blessing. Very excited to rebuild and grow the women’s basketball program and be part of a very supportive and loving community towards all members.
After graduating from LeTourneau, Crockett articled for the Texas Legends, the G-League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks in 2017-20, as a member of the game day operations staff. His duties included, but were not limited to, assisting with pre-game preparation, in-game promotions, game day entertainment, fan experience and community outreach functions.
During her four years as a member of the YellowJackets women’s basketball team, Crockett appeared in 104 games, averaging 4.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. She dropped a career-high 20 points, knocking down six buckets and eight boards against ETBU in her senior campaign.
Crockett earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management and a master’s degree in business administration from LeTourneau.
“I’m ready to work the hardwood and serve students and student-athletes who love to hear about the good works of Jesus Christ,” Crockett said. “I am forever grateful for the love and support of my family and friends throughout this process and I know everyone is thrilled to have an elder to come back and bring back the tradition, the culture of the school and the community as a whole. Very excited to be a YellowJacket again.