Longtime LSU assistant coach Will Davis would be a “tremendous selection” to take over at UNO, coach Paul Mainieri said Monday at the Baton Rouge Press Club luncheon.
UNO coach Ron Maestri is reportedly retiring after a two-year second stint with the program. Mainieri is pushing for his eight-year assistant Davis and, also, current UNO and former LSU player Blake Dean to get the open Southland Conference gig.
“I think he’s ready for a head coaching job,” Mainieri said of Davis. “I think he would be a tremendous selection. Another candidate is Blake Dean, who’s on the (UNO) staff. I think there’s two phenomenal candidates right there.”
Davis, a former LSU catcher under Mainieri and former coach Smoke Laval, has served as LSU’s volunteer assistant coach for the last eight seasons after a one-year stint as the team’s director of baseball operations.
“I think he’s an outstanding candidate,” Mainieri said. “Will has been an amazingly loyal, hard-working, competent coach. I’ve watched him grow with each passing year. He possess all of the qualities that it takes to be successful. I hope they give him the strongest consideration. I think he’d do a tremendous job for a school I love dearly.”
Davis has tutored outfielders, catchers and taught base running for the Tigers. He’s coached third base, too. Davis has been instrumental this season in developing former junior college player and current LSU starting catcher Kade Scivicque.
Scivicque made the 20-man cut for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation’s best college catcher, and is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, an award for the top college baseball player.
Dean, a former All-SEC first baseman for the Tigers, just completed his first season as a full-time assistant coach at UNO. He was a volunteer coach last season and served as an undergraduate assistant at LSU in 2013.