Tulane baseball head coach takes job with Texas

Tulane baseball head coach takes job with Texas

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Tulane's head baseball coach is taking the same position at the University of Texas.

David Pierce announced his resignation Wednesday. The school will begin a national search for a new coach immediately.

"The city of New Orleans and the Tulane community have been incredible supporters of my family over the past two years," Pierce said. "I want to especially thank our baseball coaches, support staff and teams for the great memories that we have shared together."

Tulane is coming off of two consecutive appearances in the NCAA Regionals and a 2016 regular season AAC championship. Pierce has a 76-46 record since taking over the program.

"We thank David for the commitment to success he brought to Tulane baseball the past two years," Tulane Director of Athletics Troy Dannen said.  "He leaves our program in tremendous position to continue its growth.  I've long understood Texas was David's dream job and wish him and his family a great future in Austin."

The university plans more than $1 million in stadium improvements.

"Tulane baseball will attract strong coaching candidates who share our expectations for success not only competitively, but academically and socially as well," Dannen said.

Pierce said he is proud of his accomplishments at Tulane.

"I know they will continue to strive for excellence. Roll Wave!"

Dannen, hired in December, has already hired football coach Willie Fritz and basketball coach Mike Dunleavy. Earlier this summer, Dannen appeared on FOX 8's Final Play and spoke about the potential of Pierce's success garnering interest from bigger programs.

"That's the price you pay for success and I had the same thing at Northern Iowa. Everybody comes after your coaches and it's a whole lot better than paying your coaches to go away. If that happens, if something comes along that's better for David, more power to him. He has taken the program to a place well beyond where it was when he came in. Right now I want to keep him and we'll do whatever we can to keep him. But as you have success, losing coaches to other programs is not necessarily a failure. It's really what you aspire to at our level. You hope though that you can keep those coaches and that they can win at the same level here as they can any place else and I think baseball is a sport where we can win national championships here and hope we are able to keep David here to do just that," he said.

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