BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU baseball assistant coach Will Davis will become Lamar University's head coach following the conclusion of the 2016 season.
Davis will take over for head coach Jim Gilligan, who is retiring at the conclusion of this season. Davis will be formally introduced as the new head coach following the end of the 2016 season for both teams.
"Will impressed several people during his interview with his baseball acumen, belief in academics and plans for the Lamar University baseball program," Director of Athletics Jason Henderson said. "I believe he will come in and immediately put us in a place to be successful and challenge for league titles and postseason play."
Davis, an LSU catcher from 2004-07, has been a member of the Tigers coaching staff since 2008. He has helped lead LSU to the 2009 NCAA Championship, four College World Series appearances, three Southeastern Conference championships, five SEC Western Division titles and five SEC Tournament crowns.
"I am honored and thankful to be named the next head baseball coach at Lamar University," Davis said. "When Jason called me to tell me the wonderful news, I couldn't help but think how blessed and lucky I am. Today is the day I have dreamed about ever since I was a young boy watching my dad impact young men's lives in the dugout as a head coach at a Division I university."
Davis worked as LSU third-base coach while tutoring the catchers and outfielders defensively, and he assisted in the development of the LSU position players. While coaching the Tiger outfielders since 2009, Davis has consistently engineered one of the nation's top defensive units. His outfielders were routinely featured on ESPN's top plays, and the 2013 LSU outfield committed just one error in 68 games.
"I am so happy for Will to have received this tremendous opportunity," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, "and he is ready for it. To have the challenge of following in the footsteps of one of the giants of college baseball, Jim Gilligan, is a great honor and responsibility that Will Davis embrace. Will has been an integral part of our staff since I arrived at LSU nine-and-a-half years ago. In fact, I literally have not coached a game at LSU without Will by my side in the dugout. I have watched him grow as a coach and have no doubt he will prove to be a great selection by Lamar University."