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Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU volunteer assistant coach Will Davis jogs to third base as the Tigers come to bat in the bottom of the third inning against Kentucky, Friday, Mar. 27, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Will Davis, a nine-year member of Paul Mainieri’s LSU baseball staff, will be named the baseball coach at Lamar today, a source confirmed to The Advocate.

Will Davis

Will Davis

Lamar coach Jim Gilligan is retiring after the 2016-17 season.

Davis, who held the coordinator of baseball operations title in 2008 before transitioning to a volunteer assistant coach in 2009, played in Baton Rouge from 2004-07 before joining the staff.

Davis interviewed for the vacant UNO head coaching job last summer, a job that ultimately went to former LSU standout Blake Dean.

An outfield coach who developed first-round picks Jared Mitchell and Mikie Mahtook early in his career, Davis moved to coaching catchers before the 2015 season, executing perhaps his finest work with a little-known Maurepas prospect named Kade Scivicque, who became a Johnny Bench Award finalist, First-Team All-American and fourth round draft pick by the Detroit Tigers.

Off the field, Davis ran all the LSU baseball camps, oversaw the summer league placement of all current LSU players and was head of the Coaches Committee — the team’s booster club.