Tulane notebook: Football adds three to staff

The Tulane football directory is growing.

The Green Wave added positions to its coaching staff this offseason, including two directors of player personnel.

Former St. Augustine High School head coach Wayne Cordova comes to Tulane after serving as director of football operations at Grambling and as an assistant coach at Brother Martin. Cordova helped restart the Purple Knights program after Hurricane Katrina but was relieved of his duties in 2008 after compiling a 9-20 record.

He’s joined by Detrick Belvin, who played at Long Island University until 2009 and coached at Manatee High in Bradenton, Fla., starting in 2011.

Belvin, whose hire has been officially confirmed by Tulane, will work on the defensive side. Cordova, who is still being processed by the university, will serve on the offensive side.

Lindy Wertz also has been added as a director of on-campus recruiting, a new position in the department. The LSU graduate and former professional golfer previously served as a program coordinator for the men’s basketball team.

Baseball

ON FIVE-GAME SKID, WAVE HOSTS McNEESE: The Tulane baseball team hosts McNeese State at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Turchin Stadium, the first time the teams have met since 2009. The game will be broadcast on WRBH-FM, 88.3.

Tulane (14-20) is on a five-game losing streak. This past weekend, it was swept at home for the first time since 2013 against Notre Dame. Rice took all three games over the weekend, including two by one run.

The Cowboys (20-14) dropped two of three to fellow Southland Conference opponent Northwestern State, losing their first weekend series of the season. Of their 14 losses, three have come in the past four contests.

At the dish, Tulane now boasts just one .300 hitter: freshman second baseman Jake Willsey, who is hitting .301 in 20 starts. Everyday sophomore outfielder Richard Carthon is batting .298 and is tied for the team-lead in hits with 37 with freshman third baseman Hunter Hope.

McNeese State is batting .289 as a team and is led by Jackson Gooch’s .362. Gooch also leads the team in RBIs with 29. Andrew Guillotte is batting .344 and leads the Cowboys with 13 doubles. Matt Williams (.316) and Chayse Marion (.313) are also batting over .300.

Tulane will send sophomore righty Emerson Gibbs to the mound to face the Cowboys. Gibbs has made two starts this season, one at San Francisco on March 9 and another against Middle Tennessee on March 23. The Jesuit product is 1-2 with a 6.46 ERA.

Gibbs’ counterpart will be senior righty Michael Desabrais. The transfer from Mesa Community College is 0-1 with a 5.47 ERA in 24.2 innings, including six starts.

Basketball

AMERICAN MEN’S TOURNEY SET FOR HARTFORD: Tulane’s first American Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament experience will come in the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.

The league, which the Green Wave joins effective July 1, made the announcement about its 2015 tournament Monday.

In its days as the Big East, the conference tournament always was held at Madison Square Garden. This year, after realignment split the league, the tournament was played at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.

Sites and dates for the other 2014-15 American championships will be announced in May.