David Pierce (baseball)
|Born||c. 1963 (age 53–54)
|Alma mater||University of Houston|
|1982–83||Wharton County JC|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1996–2000||Dobie HS (TX)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Southland Conference Regular Season
(2012, 2013, 2014)
|Southland Conference Coach of the Year
ABCA Regional Coach of the Year
Assistant coaching history
University of Houston
Having coached at Rice in 1991 and then in the high school ranks, Pierce rejoined the collegiate coaching ranks at his alma mater, the University of Houston. As the Cougars hitting coach, he helped the team to two postseason tournaments. In 2002 – his second year as an assistant coach – Pierce helped UH reach a Super Regional. His hitters finished with almost 700 hits and a .310 team batting average, good for 5th in Cougar history.
Pierce joined the Rice staff as a hitting coach in 2003 and was part of the school's first national championship. After the departure of Zane Curry, Pierce became the team's pitching coach and oversaw one of the most consistent pitching staffs in the nation. From 2007 to 2010, his pitchers ranked in the top 20 nationally in ERA each year. In 2007, the Owls were fourth in the country with a 3.04 ERA. His pitching staff ranked in the top 30 in staff ERA for five years as pitching coach for the Owls.
Head coaching career
Sam Houston State
Pierce was hired as Sam Houston's head coach in 2011 following former coaching legend Mark Johnson's retirement. In his first season as head coach, Pierce coached the Bearkats to their first outright conference title since 1989. In the 40-win season, the team won 13 straight games and was nationally ranked in each of the major national polls at one point in the season. The In conference play, the Bearkats won a Southland record 24 games. His team earned an at-large bid to the Houston Regional, where it matched the program's best regional finish in history, defeating No. 1 seed Rice and reaching the final against Arkansas. That season, Pierce was named Southland Conference Coach of the Year and AMCA Regional Coach of the Year. In his time at Sam Houston State, Pierce's teams won the Southland Conference regular season and appeared in the NCAA Tournament every season.
On June 8, 2014, Tulane University announced it had hired Pierce as its 23rd head baseball coach, following long-time coach Rick Jones' retirement due to health concerns. In his first year at Tulane, David Pierce brought the Greenwave back to postseason play for the first time since 2008. In 2016, he improved on that and brought Tulane its first conference championship since 2005.
Pierce was hired as the head coach of The University of Texas baseball program on June 29, 2016 to replace former head coach Augie Garrido.
Head coaching record
|Sam Houston State Bearkats (Southland Conference) (2012–2014)|
|2012||Sam Houston State||40–22||24–9||1st||NCAA Regional|
|2013||Sam Houston State||38–22||20–7||1st||NCAA Regional|
|2014||Sam Houston State||43–19||22–8||1st||NCAA Regional|
|Sam Houston State:||121–63||66–24|
|Tulane Green Wave (American Athletic Conference) (2015–2016)|
|Texas Longhorns (Big 12 Conference) (2016–Present)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- "Houston Cougars Biography: David Pierce". Houston Cougar Athletics. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
- "Rice Owls Pierce Bio". Rice Owls Athletics. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
- Kat Konnections: 2012 Baseball/Softball Game Day Program. Sam Houston State Athletics. 2012. p. 5.
- Ronnie Turner (June 15, 2011). "Pierce succeeds legend as SHSU baseball coach". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
- "Sam Houston State's Pierce Named ABCA Regional Coach of the Year". Southland Conference. 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
- "Tulane hires Sam Houston State's David Pierce as baseball coach". The New Orleans Advocate. June 9, 2014. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
- Tammy Nunez (April 8, 2014). "Tulane baseball coach Rick Jones talks about stepping down this spring from his lifelong passion". nola.com. Retrieved April 11, 2014.