LSU to tab Nate Fury as coordinator of baseball operations, promote Dunn to associate head coach – The Advocate
The LSU baseball team has filled its coaching staff, announcing the hiring of former LSU relief pitcher Nate Fury as the coordinator of baseball operations.Â
LSU also announced a promotion for pitching coach Alan Dunn, who will become the associate head coach. The new title will not add to Dunn’s current duties as pitching coach.Â
Fury is taking over for Micah Gibbs, whom coach Paul Mainieri promoted to hitting coach in November to fill Andy Cannizaro’s spot on the staff. As coordinator of baseball operations, Fury will be responsible for coordinating team travel, budget and community relations.Â
âIt will be great to have Nate back with the LSU baseball program,â Mainieri said in a news release. âHe 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.”Â
Fury, who played for LSU in 2013 and 2014, spent the past three years playing minor league baseball, mostly in the Detroit Tigers organization.Â
He emerged as a valuable late-inning reliever for LSU midway through his senior season, going 3-1 with a 2.15 ERA in 29.1 innings, and Detroit selected Fury in the 36th round of the 2014 draft.Â
Fury was released by the Tigers in late March of this year, but signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels in April. He finished the 2016 season with the Angels Double-A affiliate.Â
He becomes the third consecutive former LSU player to fill the role of coordinator of baseball operations. The position was previously held by Gibbs and Nolan Cain, both of whom are now assistants on Mainieri’s staff.Â
Including volunteer assistant Sean Ochinko, LSU has four former players on staff, all of whom have played on College World Series teams.Â
“The obvious value in this is that these former players know how we operate the program, know what it takes to win, love the program and are very loyal to it, and bring so much youthful enthusiasm to our environment with the players,” Mainieri said.
Dunn is entering his sixth season on LSU’s staff, and has developed an excellent reputation in college baseball for his skill in developing young pitchers.Â
In the five years under Dunn, LSU has finished inside the top 20 nationally in earned run average three times and has never finished outside the top 80.
He has also developed a pair of first-round draft picks in Kevin Gausman and Aaron Nola, and LSU is expected to add another name to that list this year in Alex Lange.Â
âI 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 wouldnât trade for anyone,â Mainieri said. âBesides 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.”Â
LSU is scheduled to begin full team practices Jan. 27, three weeks before they begin their season against the Air Force at Alex Box Stadium.Â