Former University of Houston standout David Pierce begins his third season as an assistant coach under Rayner Noble.
Pierce serves as the teamís hitting instructor and assists with recruiting. His influence on the 2002 Cougar squad was easy to see.
In 2002, UH advanced to the NCAA Super Regional for the second time in a three-year span with the Cougar offense making tremendous contributions. UH sluggers pounded out nearly 700 hits and finished the season with a .310 batting average, the fifth-best performance in team single-season history.
Pierce also tutored a trio of Cougar hitters, who established themselves as one of the finest groups of sluggers in school history. Brett Cooley (18) and Chris Snyder (15) tied a school record with 33 home runs by a Cougar duo. Add in Jesse Crainís 11 home runs and that group posted the greatest home run totals by a Cougar trio in school history.
A two-year letterman for Houston baseball (1984-85), Pierce helped lead the Cougars to a then-school-record 44 wins and NCAA Regional bid as a senior. He hit nearly .300 for his career, playing more than 90 games as a centerfielder.
Pierce joined the UH coaching staff in January 2001, after serving five years as the head coach at J. Frank Dobie High School in Houston, one of the top prep programs in the state of Texas. He coached Dobie to three District 23-5A championships and three berths to the Region III semifinals.
He was named the district Coach of the Year three times and in 1997 his peers selected him as coach for the Houston Area High School All-Star series. In the summer of 2000, he was selected as a coach for the USA Junior Olympic Trials.
In his five years at Dobie Pierce coached three players to all-state honors as well as 36 to all-district accolades. No less than ten Pierce-coached players at Dobie went on to play at the Division I or junior college level, including Houston Shane Nance and Nathan Mitchell.
Prior to taking the helm of the Dobie program, Pierce served in coaching roles at Episcopal and St. Pius X high schools.
He also spent one season as an assistant baseball coach across town at Rice University in 1991. Since 1994 the Houston native has been a volunteer batting practice pitcher for the Houston Astros.
After completing an outstanding playing career at St. Pius X High School, Pierce played two years at Wharton Junior College (1982-83) prior to enrolling at Houston.
He and his wife, the former Susan Kubiak, have two children, Chelsea and Shea. The family lives in Pearland.
His brother-in-law, Gary Kubiak, currently serves as the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos and was a quarterback in the NFL for nine seasons.