Tulane names Daniel Latham pitching coach

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NEW ORLEANS – Former Tulane baseball standout Daniel Latham is returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach/pitching coach, head coach Travis Jewett announced Monday.

Daniel LathamLatham, who holds the Green Wave career record for saves, spent the last seven years in the same position at Southeastern Louisiana. Under his tutelage, the SLU pitching staffs have ranked in the top 100 nationally in ERA and strikeout-to-walk ratio in each of the last five seasons. In 2018, Latham’s staff ranked 38th with a 3.62 team ERA and sixth nationally with a 3.08 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

“We are thrilled to welcome Daniel back to Tulane as a member of our coaching staff,” Jewett said. “Daniel brings with him a wealth of experience and success, not only as an alumnus of Tulane, but also as a highly regarded pitching coach and developer of young talent. His success at previous institutions speaks for itself, and we are looking forward to having him back home.”

At Southeastern, Latham built one of the most efficient pitching staffs in the nation, earning the distinction as one of only five programs in the nation to finish in the top 30 in ERA from 2014-16. In 2016 the Lions finished eighth in the nation with a 3.01 ERA, 38th with a 2.42 strike-to-walk ratio and 22nd in WHIP. In 2014 and 2015 SLU ranked 27th and 28th in ERA, respectively, and the 2015 squad ranked seventh with a 3.27 strike-to-walk ratio.

With Latham as pitching coach, SLU won two Southland Conference Championships and played in three NCAA Tournaments. His pitchers totaled 15 All-Southland Conference honors in seven seasons, including two SLC Relief Pitchers of the Year and a conference Freshman of the Year. In addition, Stefan Lopez earned All-America honors in 2012. Nine Lion pitchers tutored by Latham have been drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft.

Prior to his time at SLU, Latham spent a year as pitching coach at VMI in 2011, where he guided the Keydets pitching staff to the fourth-lowest team ERA in program history. He served as volunteer assistant coach at High Point in 2009-10. He was a member of the 2007 Appalachian League Champion Elizabethton Twins after being drafted in the 15th-round of the MLB Draft out of Tulane.

“It’s a really exciting time for me and my family,” Latham said. “Tulane is a place that has always meant a lot to us, going back to when I played here. I’ve seen what this program is capable of and seen it at the pinnacle, going to the College World Series and being ranked No. 1. Tulane has always felt like home, and even coaching against them was always fun. I’m excited about the opportunity that Coach Jewett has given me to come take the reins of the pitching staff and build this place back to where it belongs, and to where we all feel like it will get to very quickly. I look forward to building a relationship further with Coach Jewett and (assistant) Coach (Eddie) Smith, and I know they’re excellent coaches and excellent men. Hopefully we can slide in and make this as seamless as possible and get this program back to the top again.”

As a player at Tulane from 2004-07, the Covington, La., native compiled 43 saves, which still ranks ninth in NCAA history. He was the closer on Tulane’s 2005 Conference USA Championship and College World Series team, as well as the 2004 Super Regional and 2006 NCAA Regional squads.

Latham still ranks second all-time at Tulane with 122 pitching appearances and third with 1.77 walks per nine innings. He compiled a career-high 14 saves in 35 appearances in 2006, 13 saves in 31 appearances in 2005 and 10 saves in 299 appearances in 2007, all of which rank among the top 10 single seasons in program history.

He was named to the 2004 C-USA All-Freshman Team, earned All-Star honors in the Cape Cod League in 2006, was a 2007 preseason All-American third team by the NCBWA and was placed on the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll all four seasons. Latham received his bachelor’s degree in communication from Tulane in 2007.

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