Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY -- Tulane interim head coach Jake Gautreau

Tulane welcomed a familiar face into the Wilson Center on Tuesday afternoon.

Several sources told The Advocate that Green Wave interim coach, hitting coach and recruiting coordinator Jake Gautreau interviewed with Tulane Athletic Director Rick Dickson in an attempt to land the full-time job at the top of the baseball program.

The former All-American third baseman, who starred at the school from 1998-2001, joined coach Rick Jones’ coaching staff in 2010 and publicly expressed his desire to earn the position in the wake of the longtime coach’s retirement.

However, Gautreau also interviewed for Louisiana Tech’s vacant coaching spot last week.

He was expected to be preceded in the interview process on Tuesday by Illinois State coach Mark Kingston, but the former Tulane assistant never arrived on campus, despite being scheduled to appear.

Instead, Kingston remained at his Illinois State office after removing himself from the Tulane search, at least temporarily, late Monday night.

Kingston interviewed with South Florida regarding its open position late last week. USF, a fellow American Athletic Conference member, was considered Tulane’s toughest competition in the coaching market.

Tulane has been without a head coach since May 23 when Jones retired due to health concerns.