After a month long search, David Pierce was officially introduced as the University of Texas head baseball coach. He's just the sixth in the last 105 years!
The 53-year-old Pierce is from Houston and spent his entire playing and coaching career in the Lone Star State apart from his recent two year stint at Tulane. He played collegiately at Houston, coached high school ball in his hometown, spent nine years at Rice and three more at Sam Houston State.
Pierce has some big shoes to fill. In the last 49 years Augie Garrido and Cliff Gustafson took the Longhorns to 25 College World Series and won it all four times.
If Pierce's head coach resume is any indication then the Longhorns should be okay.
In Pierce's five years as a head coach his teams have never missed the NCAAs and while he was at Rice he helped take the team to four College World Series trips and the 2003 national title.
Pierce isn't wasting any time. He relinquished his assistant coach duties with the U.S. Collegiate National team and flew in from Los Angeles to get started immediately.