Tulane’s baseball coaching search once again stayed close to home.
On Wednesday, several sources close to Green Wave program told The Advocate that Southeastern Louisiana coach Matt Riser interviewed with Athletic Director Rick Dickson.
Riser played under former Green Wave coach Rick Jones in 2005 and 2006, helping Tulane reach the College World Series as a junior and the NCAA tournament as a senior, playing in 108 games.
At just 29 years old, Riser was one of the youngest head coaches in Division I, leading the Lions to Southland Conference tournament title and an automatic berth in last week’s Baton Rouge regional. SLU went 1-2 in the regional as the No. 4 seed, sandwiching losses to LSU and Houston around a 2-1 victory over Bryant.
After serving one season as a volunteer assistant at Tulane in 2007, Riser spent the next six years under Lions coach Jay Artigues and was named interim coach last summer when Artigues moved into the athletic director position last summer.
Riser earned the full-time label in January and less than six months later was in the dugout for the school’s first NCAA tournament game since 1994.
He is the second former Green Wave standout to interview for the position, joining current Tulane assistant Jake Gautreau, who spoke with the Tulane administration on Tuesday afternoon.
Illinois State coach Mark Kingston, who was scheduled to interview on Tuesday, backed out of the process late Monday night and accepted the open position at South Florida.
Another candidate still in the search is Sam Houston State coach and former Rice assistant David Pierce.