Tulane interim baseball coach Jake Gautreau will interview with Louisiana Tech this week, several sources confirmed to The Advocate.
Gautreau, who is a candidate for the Green Wave’s vacant coaching position, took over for coach Rick Jones on March 21 after he was forced to step down due to health concerns. Jones officially retired last Friday after 21 seasons with Tulane, opening the school’s first nationwide baseball coaching search since 1993.
Following the Green Wave’s final game this season, Gautreau publicly stated he wants the Tulane head-coaching position. The former Green Wave All-American third baseman and Conference USA Player of the Decade served as Jones’ hitting coach since 2010 and recruiting coordinator since 2012.
“This is home for me,” Gautreau said. “This is a place I take a lot of pride in the way I go about my business and I want to stay.”
Louisiana Tech, meanwhile, is replacing Wade Simoneaux, who was fired on May 19 after three losing seasons with the Bulldogs.
VAN HOOSER SIGNS WITH PATRIOTS: Former Tulane receiver Wilson Van Hooser signed a rookie free agent contract with the New England Patriots on Tuesday.
The 6-foot, 197-pound wide receiver graduated from Tulane in 2012 after hauling in 55 catches for 805 yards and nine touchdowns in three seasons. He transferred to Troy to be closer to his family during the final year of his college career.
Despite being less a month into his professional career, Van Hooser is already on his second NFL team. He attended rookie mini-camp with the Green Bay Packers before quietly signing with the Patriots just hours before the team’s first organized team activities commenced.
He impressed scouts by making an acrobatic catch behind his back during Tulane’s pro day in April, where he also recorded 40-yard dash times of 4.45 and 4.48 seconds.
Van Hooser’s brother, Walker, is currently a wide receiver for the Green Wave but has missed the last two season’s due to injury. He is expected to full y participate when Tulane opens fall camp this summer.