New Texas NCAA college baseball head coach David Pierce answers a question during a news conference where he was introduced, Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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David Pierce completes Texas baseball coaching staff with Phil Haig

Posted July 20th, 2016

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David Pierce has completed his baseball coaching staff at Texas, and it looks exactly like the staffs Pierce had at his last two coaching stops.

Phil Haig will be the Longhorns’ volunteer assistant and help Pierce out with the pitchers, the program announced on Wednesday. It’s the same title Haig, 27, held under Pierce for the last five seasons at Tulane and Sam Houston State.

Haig, a former dual-sport athlete at Illinois, follows Pierce’s hirings of assistant coaches Sean Allen and Philip Miller, both of whom have also been with Pierce since 2012.

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At Tulane, Haig was essentially Pierce’s pitching coach and helped mold a staff that led the nation with 13 shutouts this past season. Additionally, the Green Wave tied for fourth nationally with 17 saves.

At Texas, Haig inherits a solid group of arms led by weekend starters Morgan Cooper and Kyle Johnston and young relievers Nolan Kingham and Chase Shugart.

Before joining Pierce at Sam Houston State in 2012, Haig spent one season at Florida International and registered a 9-4 record with 99 1/3 innings pitches. The lefty was named second-team Sun Belt.

Haig began college at Illinois where he lettered in baseball and also as reserve quarterback with the Illini football team.

 

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