Have yourself an offseason, David Pierce.
After the worst performance of Pierce’s coaching career, the Texas Longhorns head coach has been on a mission over the last several months to overhaul his program, from landing key junior college prospects to long-term pledges to hiring former Major League Baseball star Troy Tulowitzki to his latest blockbuster hire on Thursday — the addition of former Texas standout reliever Huston Street as a student assistant.
Back to where it all began, y’all.— Texas Baseball (@TexasBaseball) August 15, 2019
Three-time All-American and ‘05 AL Rookie of the Year @HustonStreet will return to the squad as a student assistant coach this season.#HookEm pic.twitter.com/PwkSFDdJQY
“Huston Street has a passion for The University of Texas, especially Texas Baseball, and will be an asset for the program in many capacities during the 2020 season,” Pierce said.
“Obviously Huston has exhausted his eligibility, but he is planning to return to campus to complete his degree and give back to the program that he helped win a National Championship. He loves competition, has so much to offer, and his presence will be awesome for our players. The bottom line is he’s a winner.”
There’s certainly no doubt about Pierce’s last statement — Street had a 1.31 ERA in his career at Texas, the second best in program history, as well as 41 saves, the best in the distinguished legacy of Longhorns baseball. He was also the MVP of the 2002 College World Series won by the Horns, and a three-time All-American.
Now he’ll have a chance to jump start his coaching career at his alma mater, where he should be an impactful presence on the current pitching staff and an extremely effective ambassador selling the winning tradition on the Forty Acres.
Welcome home, Huston.