Tulane expanded its search for a new baseball coach beyond its alumni Thursday.

Sources told The Advocate that Sam Houston State coach David Pierce interviewed with the Green Wave’s athletic administration, the third candidate to do so this week.

He joins a three-man race which also includes Southeastern Louisiana coach Matt Riser and Tulane interim coach Jake Gautreau.

All are candidates to replace Rick Jones, who recently retired from his post with the Green Wave after 21 seasons due to health concerns.

Sources also said Tulane Athletic Director Rick Dickson would like to conclude the search before Sunday but has yet to make a formal offer.

Pierce, a former Rice and Houston assistant, has been the coach at SHSU the past three seasons, leading the Bearkats to the Southland Conference regular-season title each year and going 121-63. The Bearkats reached an NCAA tournament regional final this season for the second time in the past three years. They went 2-2 in the Fort Worth regional, a run that included a 3-2, 22-inning loss to host TCU in their second regional game.

Before Pierce arrived, the school last won the SLC regular-season title in 1989. He was named the SLC’s coach of the year after both of his first two seasons.

Pierce played for and graduated from Houston.