Many men before David Pierce could have had one of the premiere college baseball jobs in the nation.
But one by one, the nation’s highest regarded coaches at Louisville and Florida and LSU and Virginia and, yes, TCU, too, accepted contract extensions and raises with their own schools. And so after 31 days, Texas, according to the Austin American-Statesman’s Kirk Bohls and Ryan Autullo, finally sealed the deal Wednesday morning with Pierce, a Texas native and graduate of the University of Houston.
No one will remember that Pierce was way down on Texas’ wish list if he can lift a program that has dropped off in recent seasons, but still has College World Series appearances as recently as 2014 and 2011.
Pierce becomes just the third Texas baseball coach since Cliff Gustafson took over the program in 1968. Augie Garrido succeeded Gustafson in 1997. Those two combined to win four of Texas’ six national championships – while adding five runner-up finishes.
Pierce’s coaching record is 197-109. He led the Green Wave to the NCAA tournament in each of the last five years, however his teams have never advanced beyond the regional round.
Tulane went 41-21 this season and won the American Athletic Conference regular-season championship. In March, Pierce’s club took two of three games from the Longhorns in Austin.
According to the Statesman, Texas reached out to 10 coaches, and received one last rebuff Tuesday when Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock took to Twitter to take himself out of the running.
It left Pierce as the last man standing, almost literally.
But no one will remember that little detail if Pierce ends up being the right man for the job after all.