- He isn’t a fast talker. David Pierce has spent nearly all of his career coaching in his home state of Texas. His upbringing lead to burnt orange dreams and spurred him to warn the crowd at today’s press conference: “I hope you can handle a slow-talking Texan, because that’s what you got.” Pierce started coaching when he was 25 in Houston, rising in rank before serving as assistant coach at Rice and head coach at both Sam Houston State and Tulane.
- Augie has faith. Beloved former coach, and the most winningest coach in college baseball history, Augie Garrido called Pierce “a very fine choice.” Garrido knew Pierce when he was still an assistant at Rice and said he’s both “knowledgeable and passionate about what he’s doing.”
- He has yet to advance beyond a regional tournament. While Pierce’s resume looks pretty good, it isn’t perfect. The new hire has had a noticeable lack of postseason success and has never advanced beyond a regional tournament. Although Pierce wasn’t asked about this specifically during today’s press conference, we assume his answer might sound something like the one he gave when he was asked whether or not he was UT’s top choice: “It doesn’t matter to me. It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish.”
- It took the school 31 days to land on Pierce. It took Texas 31 days to land on Pierce, who AD Mike Perrin insists was his top choice for the job. The American-Statesman, however, identified 11 different candidates the school approached prior offering Pierce the job.
- He’s a glad-to-be-here guy who’s eager to please. Pierce made sure to clarify one major thing before ending his introductory press conference: His reason for showing up without a tie. Although short, the conference gives you a glimpse into Pierce’s personality, who called Texas “the greatest university in the country, and I truly believe that” and was noticeably surprised and moved when he recognized his mom in the crowd: “Stand up. I didn’t even know you were coming!”
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