LSU coach Paul Mainieri promoted pitching coach Alan Dunn to associate head coach and the Tigers are bringing back former pitcher Nate Fury as the coordinator of baseball ops, the school announced Wednesday.
Dunn has served as LSU’s pitching coach since 2012 while Fury replaces Micah Gibbs, who was named the Tigers’ volunteer assistant coach in December.
“I am proud to announce a new title for the man who I consider to be the very best pitching coach in all of baseball and a guy I wouldn’t trade for anyone,” Mainieri said in a press release. “Besides being the pitching coach, Alan Dunn will now be referred to as the Associate Head Coach for the LSU Baseball program. This is a title that best describes his value to our team as my right-hand man. As pitching coach of the team, he basically coaches half of the team on a daily basis and his influence on their performance cannot be overstated.”
During his time with LSU, 14 Tigers pitchers have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft. Four players have played in the big leagues – Kevin Gausman (Baltimore), Aaron Nola (Philadelphia), Nick Rumbelow (N.Y. Yankees) and Nick Goody (N.Y. Yankees).
Fury, who graduated from Rummel, played for LSU in 2013 and 2014. He made 46 career relief appearances for the Tigers, posting a 5-2 record and a 2.45 ERA in 47.2 innings with 38 strikeouts. He made 20 relief appearances in 2013, helping LSU to a College World Series appearance, and he made 26 appearances in 2014, recording a 3-1 mark with a 2.15 ERA.
“It will be great to have Nate back with the LSU baseball program,” Mainieri said in the press release. “He once contributed in a big way as a vital relief pitcher on a College World Series team. He then pursued his dream of playing professional baseball and now will make significant contributions to our program once again, albeit in a different way. I know Nate loves the LSU baseball program and would do anything to serve it. He will handle a multitude of tasks and will represent the program in a first-class way.”