David Pierce, who guided the Sam Houston State Bearkats to three consecutive trips to the NCAA Regionals from 2012-14, was named the 23rd head coach of the Tulane Green Wave baseball program on June 8, 2014.
"After a very thorough search that created great interest throughout college baseball, it is with great pleasure that we introduce David Pierce as the new head coach of Tulane baseball," said Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson. "David brings a great track record of coaching with energy, enthusiasm and strong history of recruiting while developing some of the country's finest collegiate players, as evidenced by the selection of five student-athletes from his first recruiting class at SHSU being chosen in this week's MLB draft. David's contributions during his tenure at Rice ranked among the nation's best in that decade, which were an important factor as we sought the best fit to lead Tulane baseball back to national prominence. We welcome David, his wife Susan and their two children to the Tulane community."
Pierce becomes just the fourth head coach to man the Green Wave dugout as head skipper since 1967, joining Milt Retif (1967-74), Joe Brockhoff (1975-93) and Pierce's predecessor, Rick Jones (1994-2014).
Sean Allen, one of the premiere assistant baseball coaches in the country, is in his first year with the Tulane Green Wave, coming over from Sam Houston State with head coach David Pierce.
Allen has a plethora of coaching experience, having made stops at both FIU and at his alma mater, Houston, prior to serving as an assistant coach at Sam Houston State for three years.
Allen joined the SHSU staff as assistant coach in August 2011, playing a major role in directing the Bearkats to three consecutive Southland Conference regular season championships while also making three straight NCAA Regional appearances.
Philip Miller is in his first year as an assistant coach with the Tulane Green Wave, bringing a variety of experience along with him from his previous coaching stops, including his most recent stop as an assistant coach from 2012 to 2014 at Sam Houston State.
Miller's last stop at SHSU was his second stint at the school, as he also served as an assistant at the school from 2006-09 before taking a job as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Northwestern State, for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
In all six of his years as an assistant at SHSU, the Bearkats were NCAA Regional participants. During his second stint with the program, Miller was instrumental in leading the Bearkats to three straight Southland Conference regular-season titles.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Phil Haig, a former collegiate pitcher at Illinois and FIU, is in his first year as a volunteer coach with the Tulane Green Wave baseball program.
Haig spent three years as a volunteer coach with the Sam Houston State Bearkats under head coach David Pierce during one of the most successful periods in SHSU baseball history. In all three years with the Bearkats, Haig was a part of three consecutive Southland Conference regular season title-winning teams, while also helping guide the Bearkats to NCAA Regional appearances in all three of those seasons.
Prior to arriving at SHSU, Haig spent the 2011 season as a left-handed starter at FIU. With the Golden Panthers, he made 16 starts, while leading the team with nine wins, 99.1 innings and 72 strikeouts. Haig posted a 9-4 record and a 3.44 ERA while holding hitters to a .257 average and allowed just 38 earned runs. The Panthers went 40-20-1 while making an NCAA Regional appearance in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Haig earned All-Sun Belt second-team honors for his work on the mound in 2011.
Director of Operations
Brian Meyer begins his fourth season with the Green Wave as the programs director of operations. Meyer made coaching stops at Wright State University and Otterbein College, where he was a three-year starter at second base, before assuming his role at Tulane in 2012.
While at Wright State, Meyer helped lead the Raiders to the 2011 NCAA Tournament and win a pair Horizon League titles in 2010 and 2011. Meyer worked with the outfielders, aided with hitting instruction and acted as the bench coach on game day. The Raiders ranked among the national leaders in a slew of offensive categories during Meyers three seasons on campus, including finishing the 2011 campaign ranked second in batting average and 16th in slugging percentage.
Before joining the staff at WSU in 2010, Meyer spent three seasons with his alma mater and worked as the co-recruiting coordinator and hitting coach. The Cardinals ranked among the national leaders in home runs, doubles and fielding percentage during Meyer's time with the program and had 15 players selected to the All-Ohio Athletic Conference teams, five players named to the All-Region squad and one player garnered All-American honors.
Russ Buller II
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Russ Buller enters his fifth season as the strength and conditioning coach at Tulane but begins his first campaign as the Wave's Director of Strength and Conditioning (Olympic Sports). Buller will head up the strength and conditioning efforts for baseball, men's and women's tennis.
Buller has seen the strength and conditioning efforts from the perspective of an athlete and coach, competing in track and field while an undergraduate at LSU while earning his Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Physiology.
The Westlake, La. native enjoyed a very successful career, starting with his time at LSU and finishing in 2008 with a fourth place showing at the USA Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. From 2000-08, Buller was a member of the USA National Team and ranked among the top-10 pole vaulters in the World, reaching the #3 ranking in 2006. That season, he won the USA Outdoor championship with a vault of 5.80-meters (19'1"), defeating reigning Olympic silver medalist Toby Stevenson for the title.