New Tulane baseball head coach David Pierce has brought Sean Allen, Philip Miller and Phil Haig over from Sam Houston State with him to serve as assistant coaches
June 30, 2014
All three will join the Green Wave program as assistant coaches after serving under Pierce at Sam Houston State since the 2012 season. In addition, Pierce has retained Brian Meyer as the director of baseball operations. Meyer has been with the Green Wave baseball program since the 2012 campaign.
"It's a unique situation in college baseball to have an entire staff move together in a coaching change," said Pierce. "I like this staff and I trust this staff. All three of these men will bring a great deal of energy, passion and knowledge to Tulane Baseball. Anytime you can set aside personal agendas and egos for the benefit of the team you have a chance to do great things collectively. This staff has these traits"
In addition to the three coaches brought over from SHSU, Pierce has retained Brian Meyer as the director of baseball operations. Meyer has been with the Green Wave baseball program since shortly before the start of the 2012 campaign.
Allen has a plethora of coaching experience, having made stops at both Florida International and at his alma mater, Houston, prior to serving as an assistant coach at Sam Houston State for three years. He played a major role in directing the Bearkats to three consecutive Southland Conference regular season championships while also making three straight NCAA Regional appearances.
During his time as an assistant at FIU, Allen helped the Panthers put together a 130-103-1 record over four years while earning NCAA Division I Regional berths in 2010 and 2011.
Allen served as recruiting coordinator, pitching coach and infield coach at FIU, helping build a program that went from a 20-36 record his first year as an assistant in 2008 to a 40-20-1 mark his final season. FIU won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship in 2010 and participated in the NCAA Division I Regional in Coral Gables, Florida. In 2011 FIU earned an at-large NCAA berth and appeared in the Chapel Hill, North Carolina, regional.
FIU was ranked as high as 20th in the national rankings during the 2011 season. Allen coached the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year (Pablo Bermudez) and four All-Conference players.
From 2002-07 the Carlsbad, New Mexico, native was an assistant coach at the University of Houston, where he worked with the Cougar infielders and as the hitting coach. He helped lead the Cougars to NCAA Tournament berths in 2002, 2003 and 2006 while advancing to the NCAA Super Regionals in 2002 and 2003.
Under Allen's direction, Houston was nationally ranked in fielding percentage in 2003, 2004 and 2006. He also played a major role in the offensive development of consensus All-American and Major League pitcher, Brad Lincoln, who was named the National Player of the Year by four different entities in 2006.
In 2006, Allen's lineup hit 71 home runs -- the fifth-highest total in UH history -- with All-Conference USA first-team performer Matt Weston leading the way with 16 homers. The Cougars batted .314 and had a slugging percentage of .544 that season.
Allen began his coaching career as a student assistant in 2002, working with the UH infield and serving as the team's first base coach.
A four-year letterman with the Cougars from 1998-2001, Allen ended his playing career as UH's all-time leader with 542 assists. In addition, his 192 assists in 2000 was the second-highest total in Cougar single-season history. During his playing days, the Cougars competed in an NCAA Super Regional and advanced to NCAA postseason play in three consecutive seasons. Allen earned his bachelor's degree in sports administration in 2001.
"Sean Allen has great knowledge in all phases of the game," added Pierce. "Sean will serve as the recruiting coordinator and work directly with the hitters and infielders."
Miller's most recent stop at SHSU was his second stint at the school, as he also served as an assistant at the school from 2006-09 before taking a job as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Northwestern State, for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
In six of his seven years as an assistant at SHSU, the Bearkats were NCAA Regional participants, in addition to winning the Southland Conference regular season titles during each of the last three seasons.
Prior to his second stint at SHSU, Miller was an assistant at Northwestern State in Nachitoches, La. where he served as the Demons' infield and defensive coach while also coaching first base. Miller assisted with the Demon hitters during his time with the program in addition to taking on recruiting responsibilities and field maintenance.
The 2010 Demons finished second in the SLC in batting average (.322) and tied for fourth in fielding percentage (.963) while placing a league-best seven student-athletes on the All-Southland Conference honor squad. Two Northwestern State position players - Oscar Garcia and Chase Lyles - were drafted in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the first time in NSU history that two position players were taken in the same draft.
During his first stint with the Bearkats from 2007-09 under former Bearkat skipper Mark Johnson, Miller was the outfield and first base coach while assisting with hitters, infielders and catchers. He coached three All-Americans, six All-Southland Conference outfielders and four Southland All-Tournament selections.
The Kats made NCAA regional appearances at the University of Mississippi (2007) and Rice University (2008, 2009).
Miller played at Northwestern State from 2002-05. In those four years he was a member of two regular- season conference championship teams (2002, 2005). During his senior year, the Demons won the Southland Conference regular-season title with 22 conference wins while making an NCAA Regional appearance as an at-large team in the Baton Rouge Regional.
A native of Clinton, Louisiana, Miller earned his bachelor's in business administration from Northwestern State in 2005 and his Master's in Education from Sam Houston State in 2010.
"Philip Miller is a tireless worker and does an exceptional job with the catchers and outfielders," said Pierce. "Philip will assist with the hitters as well."
Haig is a former collegiate pitcher at Illinois and FIU. For the last three seasons, the Inner Grove Heights, Minnesota native has worked as a volunteer coach with the Bearkats during one of the most successful periods in that program's history.
Prior to arriving at SHSU, Haig spent the 2011 season as a left-handed starter at FIU in Miami. With the Panthers, he made 16 starts, while leading the team with nine wins, 99.1 innings and 72 strikeouts. Haig posted a 9-4 record and a 3.44 ERA while holding hitters to a .257 average, and he allowed just 38 earned runs. The Panthers went 40-20-1 while making an NCAA Regional appearance in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Haig earned All-Sun Belt second-team honors for his work on the mound in 2011.
Haig spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons at Illinois where he was a dual-sport athlete competing in both football and baseball.
During his sophomore campaign with the Fighting Illini, Haig went 7-3 with a 4.92 ERA over 82.1 innings, leading the team in wins, while placing third in strikeouts with 44. As a freshman in 2008, Haig came on strong late, finishing the season with a 2-3 record in 36.1 innings. He earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors during the final week of the regular season after tossing a two-hit shutout against Purdue on May 17.
Haig was a backup quarterback for the 2008 Fighting Illini football squad that rose to the ranks of No. 13 and competed in the school's first Rose Bowl since 1984.
Haig was a five-sport athlete at Henry Sibley High School, earning a total of 10 All-Conference honors: three in baseball, three in tennis, two in football and one each in wrestling and basketball. He earned three All-State baseball selections, while also earning high national rankings from major recruiting services for his work as a signal caller on the gridiron.
"Phil Haig continues to grow as a pitching coach," stated Pierce. "He did an outstanding job with SHSU's staff in 2014. He will continue to run the day-to-day operations with pitchers and assist me on game day."
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