Pierre promoted to GSU interim head coach

Grambling State University associate head baseball coach Davin Pierre was promoted on Wednesday to the role of interim head baseball coach. 

Pierre moves into the head role following the resignation of longtime head baseball coach and Grambling State alum, James Cooper. 

“I’m humbled and ready for the challenge at hand. It’s a blessing to be named the head baseball coach at an institution where I played baseball and have the opportunity of developing the program under Coach James Cooper,” Pierre said. “I’m a firm believer in things happening for a reason and to whom much is given, much is required. I plan to continue building this illustrious baseball program and provide a place where excellent baseball talent is developed both on and off the field. The goal is to win on the field, to win in the classroom and most of all, win in life with our student-athletes. I thank God for this opportunity because this is more than a job. It is my assignment.” 

Pierre is no stranger to GSU baseball, having served as an assistant coach and associate head coach under Cooper for the past 12 seasons. In 2010, he helped lead the Tigers to their first Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championship in 25 years. 

While at GSU’s, Pierre has helped craft one the SWAC’s most competitive programs, having won the SWAC West crown in 2017 and earning a spot in the 2018 conference championship game. Since 2017, the Tigers have finished no worse than second in the western division.  

During his time at Grambling State, he has overseen the duties of the Tigers’ infield play and sharing the hitting duties with Cooper. In his eleven years, Pierre has helped guide the Tigers to be one of the top offensive and defensive teams in the SWAC yearly. Pierre also played a key role in recruiting as he has been the Recruiting Coordinator for the program since 2012. 

He’s been instrumental in developing some of the SWAC’s top talent, helping produce 21 All-Conference selections and seven MLB Draft picks.  

Pierre was recognized as one of the top recruiters in the country and the best recruiter in the SWAC in 2016. He also administered associate scouting for the Tampa Rays for four years (2012-2016). Pierre and the Grambling State baseball program were also recognized by Baseball America in 2018 for having one of the top under-radar recruiting classes heading into the 2019 season. 

Pierre earned his first bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Grambling State University in 2005 and also his master’s degree from Grambling two years later in Sport Administration. Some of Pierre’s off the field activities included being an ordained minister and being very active in ministry at his church. 

Before coaching, Pierre worked for two years with the Grambling State Department of Athletics as the Director of Athletic Operations, overseeing practices and game day operations for the department’s 18 sports on a daily basis. In addition, Pierre also served as the athletics’ liaison to campus facilities as he worked directly with the department to ensure the daily maintenance of the department’s athletic facilities in addition to purchasing the necessary equipment needed. 

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