Hired as Lamar’s new head baseball coach last week, Will Davis will head to Beaumont and will not be a part of LSU coach Paul Mainieri’s staff in 2016.

Nolan Cain, a pitcher on LSU’s 2009 national championship team and current coordinator of baseball operations, will assume Davis’ on-field coaching duties as a volunteer assistant coach, LSU coach Paul Mainieri confirmed Thursday.

Former LSU catcher Micah Gibbs will become coordinator of baseball operations, according to a source.

Cain’s trajectory is similar to Davis, who served as Mainieri’s coordinator of baseball operations for one season in 2008 before being elevated to a coaching position.

Cain will assume all of Davis’ coaching duties — including becoming the Tigers’ third base coach. Mainieri said he and hitting coach Andy Cannizaro briefly discussed having Cannizaro coach third base, but thought Cannizaro would be better served to stay in the dugout so he could more easily communicate with hitters between innings and at-bats.

“He’s got a month to prepare himself for that role and we have a dozen or so preseason scrimmages in which he’ll coach third base,” Mainieri said. “And I’ll be coaching him as far as coaching the coach. He’ll do fine.”

Cain, a catcher throughout his high school days, will coach catchers, baserunning and outfielders while also running the LSU summer camps and acting as the liaison for the baseball alumni and Coaches Committee.

The Cantonment, Florida native focused solely on pitching in Baton Rouge, making 73 career appearances as a relief for the Tigers, including a 5-0 senior season where LSU won a national title. He signed a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers in June 2009 and pitched briefly in the minors.

“I’m excited for Nolan to take on this new role,” Mainieri said. “There was something different about Nolan. He was always a student of the game and when he was a player, he was always keeping a chart, standing next to the coaches. You could tell his wheels were turning whenever we would do things.”

Cain has held the coordinator of operations position since September 2013, overseeing team travel, budgeting and community relations.
Micah Gibbs

Gibbs, the starting catcher for that 2009 team and a Dallas native , was a third round pick of the Cubs in the 2010 MLB Draft.

He played six seasons of minor league ball, reaching Triple-A within the Kansas City Royals organization in 2015.