Tulane’s baseball coach continued through Thursday afternoon and could make it into the weekend before a decision is made.
Vanderbilt associate head coach Travis Jewett interviewed for the position on Thursday afternoon, multiple sources told The Advocate.
On Wednesday, a pair of former Green Wave standouts and current Louisiana fixtures took their opportunity to interview for the job. LSU assistant Andy Cannizaro and Southeastern Louisiana coach Matt Riser met separately with Tulane athletic director Troy Dannen in New Orleans, according to multiple sources.
It’s unclear if any other candidates are involved at this time. Various media reports have also linked UC-Santa Barbara coach Andrew Checketts to the Tulane opening although his interest is unclear.
All are vying to replace David Pierce, who left the Green Wave after reaching a pair of NCAA tournaments in two seasons. He accepted a job to lead the Texas Longhorns on June 29, starting the Tulane’s second baseball coaching search in three years.
Jewett has served as a hitting coach and recruiting coordinator under Tim Corbin at Vanderbilt for the past four seasons, helping the Commodores become one of the most consistent winners in the sport. He was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2016 season.
Two College World Series appearances, including the 2014 national championship, highlight Jewett’s tenure in Nashville. While he lacks experience and familiarity in the region and at Tulane, Jewett’s time at Vanderbilt does provide him a private school background.
Prior to joining Corbin, Jewett spent 10 seasons as assistant at West Coast schools, starting with three years at Gonzaga, then three at Washington, before a five-year tenure with Washington State. His final Pac-12 stint was as the associate head coach at Arizona State from 2010 through 2012.
The 45-year old Jewett’s last head coaching experience came in 1998 at Edmonds (Wash.) Community College, where he earned National Junior College Coach of the Year honors.
Meanwhile, Checketts burst onto the national scene this season by leading UCSB on an underdog bid to the College World Series in June. Checketts has reached the NCAA tournament in three of his five seasons with the Gauchos, ringing up a 108-107-2 record, including an 83-37-2 record in the past two years.
The former Oregon State standout served as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator when the Ducks re-launched their program in 2008. Checketts is considered a logical candidate to replace 62-year old Oregon coach (and former national champion) George Horton, who enters 2017 on the final year of his contract.
It’s unclear what direction Dannen will go in at this time or when he will make his decision.
It is the fourth coaching search Dannen has spearheaded since taking over the Green Wave athletic department in December. In the past eight months, Dannen hired Willie Fritz (football), Mike Dunleavy, Sr. (men’s basketball) and Jim Barnes (volleyball), all of whom have head coaching experience.