NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - An eventual decision to hire by Tulane could have ramifications on, not one, but two Southeast Louisiana schools.
Wednesday, the Greenies will interview Southeastern Head Baseball Coach Matt Riser, who's a Green Wave alum, and a third-year head coach of a Lions program that he just took to an NCAA Regional. In fact, all Riser has done since he stepped foot on the Hammond campus, is win.
A conference title this past season led to Riser being named the Southland Coach of the Year. The Tulane job would be an obvious step-up in everyday competition and conference stature.
Riser was on the 2005 squad that went to Omaha. Andrew Lopez from the NOLA.com | Times-Picayune is reporting that the Wave will also interview Andy Cannizaro, who's the hitting coach at LSU and, like Riser, is also a Tulane alum.
The other thing these two guys have in common. They both played under Rick Jones, who knows their leadership abilities as well as anyone does.
"He was a captain on the '06 team the spring after Katrina, we were in a regional final that year at Ole Miss, the final 32 in the country, so that didn't surprise me at all," said Jones. "And it certainly didn't surprise me with Andy, what he's done because when Andy got called up to the big leagues, I flew to New York and was there for his first game at Yankee Stadium and then he did such a great job with the Yankees organization and they loved him there and they should have because he was such a confident guy as a scout, above and beyond and then obviously he's done a wonderful job for LSU in the short time that he's been there."