OMAHA, Neb. — Longtime LSU baseball assistant coach Will Davis will interview for the vacant head coaching job at UNO on Monday, a source told The Advocate.
Davis, 31, is set to interview with UNO Athletic Director Derek Morel in person. Ron Maestri’s second stint with the school ended this year when he announced his retirement.
Davis has expressed heavy interest in the position, and LSU head coach Paul Mainieri has lobbied for him and former LSU standout Blake Dean for the job. Dean, a UNO assistant the past two seasons, was named interim coach.
Davis, a former catcher under former LSU coach Smoke Laval and Mainieri, has been the team’s volunteer assistant for the past seven seasons. He was the director of baseball operations in 2008.
Davis, a volunteer assistant, has tutored outfielders and catchers and taught base running for the Tigers. He has coached third base, too. Davis was instrumental this season in developing former junior-college player and current LSU starting catcher Kade Scivicque, an All-American.
LSU finished the 2015 season at 54-12, losing to TCU 8-4 in a College World Series elimination game Thursday night. The team arrived in Baton Rouge on Friday afternoon.
A host of LSU baseball players ended their careers on hitting skids. None had a rougher go at it than Conner Hale.
LSU’s cleanup hitter for the past few games, Hale went hitless at the College World Series (0-for-12), and he ended his career 3 for his final 27, dating to the NCAA regional opener against Lehigh.
His stood, red-eyed, in a somber postgame locker room Thursday night, unsure of an explanation for the drought.
“I don’t really know,” said Hale, a junior-college transfer from Florida. “Just wasn’t able to get the job done. They’re good pitchers, but I still have to get the job done.”
Chris Chinea, a junior who is expected to forgo his senior season, finished his career 1 for his last 20 and went 1-for-11 at the CWS. Jared Foster, a senior second baseman, finished his career 3-for-24 and was 2-for-11 in Omaha.
Foster had three strikeouts in his last two games, swinging and missing on Thursday’s final pitch with two runners on base.
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