LSU has a new pitching coach and Paul Mainieri went to a familiar well to fill out his staff.
Baltimore Orioles minor league pitching coordinator Alan Dunn will be officially introduced as the Tigers' new pitching coach Friday.
The 49-year-old Dunn has spent the last 3½ years with the Orioles organization, 2007-10 as the bullpen coach and the first three months this season as the roving instructor for the franchise's minor league system.
Before that, Dunn spent 14 full seasons in the Chicago Cubs organization, headed by General Manager Jim Hendry – one of Mainieri's closest friends.
Dunn also has strong ties to the SEC. He spent four seasons at Alabama, culminating with the 1983 season when the Crimson Tide finished as the national runnerup after losing the College World Series championship game to Texas, 4-3.
He was drafted by Detroit in 1983 and spent parts of three seasons in the minors, climbing as high as Triple-A before an arm injury halted his hope of moving up.
After his pro career ended, Dunn was a Vanderbilt assistant coach for three seasons before embarking on a 22-year run in pro ball.
In his tenure with the Cubs, Dunn spent three seasons as a scout and then worked at every level as a pitching coach, anchored by an eight-year stint with the Double-A West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx, followed by one season with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs.
Dunn was the minor league pitching instructor for the Cubs in 2007 before latching on with Baltimore when Dave Trembley was named the Orioles' manager.
LSU's pitching staff is anchored by a trio of returning sophomore starters: Kurt McCune, Kevin Gausman and Ryan Eades. McCune and Gausman were weekend starters all season and led the Tigers in most major categories. Eades emerged as the third-game starter in the final two weeks.
The incoming cast of pitchers potentially includes another freshman contributor in Catholic High graduate Aaron Nola and Nick Goody, regarded as one of the top junior-college pitchers in the country. Both were drafted this week.
Dunn will be Tigers' new pitching coach
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