Squad will face Sam Houston State, Texas State and Missouri State
Team opens the season Thurs., Feb. 15
Seven position players and five pitchers to don the Olive and Blue
Green Wave Eye Return to the NCAA Tournament in 2013
Seven Earn All-Conference USA Honors, Five Honored as All-State
E-mail Coach Gautreau
Jake Gautreau was named the interim head baseball coach at Tulane on April 7, 2014, as announced by Tulane Green Wave athletic director Rick Dickson after the announcement that Rick Jones - who helmed the program from 1994 through the first portion of the 2014 season - will miss the remainder of the season because of an illness.
Gautreau, who played under Jones, had served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator since rejoining the program in the summer of 2009.
Before being named the interim head coach, Gautreau served as the program's recruiting coordinator, hitting instructor and infielders coach. Gautreau was an All-American standout for the Green Wave from 1999-2001, earning the Conference USA Player of the Year award in back-to-back seasons, and played eight seasons of professional baseball before returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach in 2010.
One of the most decorated players in the history of Tulane baseball, Gautreau was inducted into the Tulane Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. The McAllen, Texas native earned the distinction of Conference USA's Player of the Decade in 2005 and earned seven All-American honors at third base/designated hitter from a variety of publications while helping Tulane advance to its first ever College World Series in 2001.
Gautreau has worked with the Tulane hitters since his arrival in 2010 and during that time the Green Wave has had its fair share of success at the plate. The 2011 season was one to remember as the Olive and Blue led Conference USA in five offensive categories and found themselves among the top-three on 13 of C-USA `s offensive charts.
In 2010, Rob Segedin boasted a .434 batting average, becoming just the fifth player in school history to top the .400 mark for an entire season, to rank ninth overall in the NCAA and, in 2011, Jeremy Schaffer ranked 18th nationally in doubles, with 23.
Gautreau's recruiting efforts have been noticed on the national level, as the 2014 Tulane baseball signing class was named one of the top-25 classes by both Baseball America and Perfect Game. Gautreau himself was named an `Assistant Ready to Lead' by Perfect Game in the summer of 2013.
A three-year letterwinner while on the Uptown campus, Gautreau assumed the role of recruiting coordinator during the spring of 2011 and promptly signed a nine member class that arrived in the Crescent City during the fall of 2012. That class helped lead the Green Wave to the cusp of an NCAA Tournament berth and a third place showing in one of the toughest conferences in the nation.
During his playing days, Gautreau was named a Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American in 1999 while earning a spot on the Conference USA All-Freshmen Team, the C-USA All-Tournament Team and the Auburn Regional All-Tournament Team. As a sophomore, Gautreau earned his first of two Conference USA Player of the Year awards, was an All-Conference USA First Team pick and earned All-American honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Coaches Association and Collegiate Baseball.
Gautreau earned a spot on the US Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2000, as he hit .348 (32-for-92) with seven doubles and four home runs to go with 20 RBI and a .576 slugging percentage. He was named the Best Hitter Award winner and Home Run King Honors from the 2000 Honkbal Tournament in Haarlem, Netherlands and was named a Summer All-American by Baseball America.
In 2001, Gautreau earned First Team All-American honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association, Baseball America, Baseball Weekly, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, while repeating as C-USA Player of the Year and a First Team All C-USA performer. He was named to the NCAA All-New Orleans Regional Team and helped the Olive and Blue advanced to it's first-ever College World Series.
In his career, Gautreau boasted a .344 career batting average with 58 home runs, 103 walks, 200 runs scored, 233 RBI's and 275 hits. He ranks among the Conference USA leaders in RBI's, home runs, runs scored and total bases. His name appeared in the Tulane career record books eight times and his makes 17 appearances on the single-season charts.
A first round (14th overall) draft selection of the San Diego Padres in the 2001 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, Gautreau climbed through the Padres organization. His.309 average in Single-A earned him a late season promotion to Triple-A Portland. His pro career, however, was set back by an intestinal infection which limited his playing time and development and ultimately forced him to retire. In 2004, Gautreau was traded to the Cleveland Indians organization, which placed him in AAA Buffalo and a season later he was named to International League Midseason All-Star Team.
In 2007, he was acquired by the New York Mets organization and returned to New Orleans as the second baseman for the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs in the Pacific Coast League. After a stint in Independent ball with Fort Worth in 2008, Gautreau joined the Green Wave in the summer of 2009.
Gautreau earned his Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts from Tulane in 2011. He is married to the former Erin Dobyanski, a Tulane volleyball standout from 1998-2001, and they have one child, William Jacob. The Gautreau's reside in New Orleans.