About three weeks after Rick Jones retired for health reasons, Tulane announced Monday that it has hired David Pierce as its new head coach.
Pierce, who led Sam Houston State to regionals in each of the last three years, was the pick over candidates such as Tulane interim coach Jake Gautreau and Southeastern Louisiana coach Matt Riser, who both played and coached under Jones.
Pierce is just the fourth head coach of the Green Wave since 1967, following Milt Retif (1967-74), Joe Brockhoff (1975-93) and Jones (1994-2014).
“I’d really like to thank the Sam Houston State community, university and athletic department, especially the baseball coaches, players and support staff,” Pierce said in a statement. ” I know we have a lot to do in the next few days to secure and communicate to recruits and returning players that good times are ahead of us. Our intent is to come in and win now, and we are not only going to win on the playing field, but also in the community and in the classroom. I would like to finish my statement with one thing: Roll Wave.”
Pierce was an assistant at Houston and Rice before taking the job at Sam Houston State in 2011. During his nine years on Wayne Graham’s staff at Rice, Pierce proved he can recruit effectively and win at a private school with a profile similar to Tulane’s, in the same conference. He has succeeded as both a hitting coach and a pitching coach, making him a very well rounded and accomplished instructor. He’ll be a perfect fit for Tulane.
Scott Norwood, who in 2011 led Arkansas Little Rock to its only NCAA regionals appearance, resigned Monday following a 25-29 season.
"I appreciate the opportunities that I have been given at UALR," Norwood said in a statement. "I wish UALR success in the future."
Norwood had a 148-178 record and led UALR to two Sun Belt tournament appearances in six seasons as head coach of the Trojans. Assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Chris Marx will serve as interim head coach while a national search begins immediately.
Norwood led UALR to its first-ever Sun Belt tournament championship and NCAA regional in 2011.
Norwood came to UALR after four years at Ouachita Baptist. In 2008, he led OBU to a runner-up finish at the Division II College World Series and was named the NCAA Division II ABCA South Central Region Coach of the Year.