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Sources: Troy Tulowitzki to join Longhorn baseball program

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Five-time MLB All-Star Troy Tulowitzki is slated to join David Pierce’s coaching staff as volunteer assistant, multiple sources tell Inside Texas.

Texas has since officially announced the hire.

Tulowitzki fills an opening created by the departure of Phil Haig, who served as volunteer assistant and pitching coach for Pierce in his first three seasons at Texas.

A two-time Gold Glove winner, Tulowitzki will join the coaching ranks after retiring from the New York Yankees on July 25.

Tulowitzki missed the entire 2018 season with the Toronto Blue Jays due to injury. He appeared in five games this season with the Yankees, but was placed on the 10-day injured list on April 4. He decided to rehab his injury at home per a June 5 update, and was transferred to the 60-day injured list June 7, according to Yankees.com.

A graduate of Long Beach State, Tulowitzki was picked in the first round of the 2005 MLB Draft. He made his major league debut on August 30, 2006 for the Colorado Rockies. He spent time with the Toronto Blue Jays before finishing his career with the Yankees.

In his collegiate career, Tulowitzki’s LBSU teams appeared in the NCAA Tournament three times, including two super regionals and three top 20 finishes.

Assistant coach Sean Allen will assume responsibilities as pitching coach.

The 2020 season will be Pierce’s fourth season as head coach in Austin. The Longhorns were 27-27 in 2019 after winning the Big 12 regular season title and reaching the College World Series in 2018.

This story was updated at 6:17 p.m. on July 25 to note Texas had confirmed the report, and that Sean Allen will assume responsibilities as pitching coach.