University of Texas New Head baseball coach David Pierce speaks during a press conference at the Centennial Room of Bellmont Hall. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman)

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New Texas baseball coach David Pierce welcomed in Austin

Posted June 30th, 2016

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New Texas baseball coach David Pierce has spent almost his entire professional career in his home state. Now, he’s following the all-time winningest coach in Division I history.

Pierce was introduced on Thursday as just the fourth UT baseball coach since 1911.

“I hope you can handle a slow-talking Texan, because that’s what you got,” said Pierce, who then gave the Hook ‘em hand signal.

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Pierce, who started his high school coaching career at age 25 in Houston, rose through the ranks and learned the college baseball ropes during nine years at Wayne Graham’s assistant at Rice. During that time, the Owls won the 2003 national championship and reached the College World Series from 2006-08.

As the head coach at Sam Houston State and Tulane, Pierce has yet to win an NCAA regional. However, he’s won four conference titles over the last five seasons.

“The thing I want you to understand is I coach baseball, but I really coach people,” Pierce said. “Baseball is my platform. It’s my opportunity to see young men grow as the day they walk in and become first-rounders in all aspects of life.It’s not about baseball first-rounders. It’s about all aspects of life.”

Texas Athletic Director Mike Perrin said, “He has an outstanding record as coach, and when we had a chance to meet, he impressed me mightily.”

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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