Tulane coach Rick Jones out rest of season

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 8, 2014 at 5:49 am •  Published: April 8, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An illness that has sidelined Tulane baseball coach Rick Jones for 10 games now will keep him off the field for the rest of the 2014 season.

Director of Athletics Rick Dickson said Monday that doctors ordered Jones to miss the remainder of the season. He says Jones' illness is not considered life-threatening and his situation will be re-evaluated at the end of the year.

Dr. Greg Stewart says they believe it's in Jones' best interest to take a break from baseball.

Meanwhile, Dickson has named Jake Gautreau, assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, as interim head coach.

Jones has not been in the dugout for the Green Wave since March 19.

In 21 years at Tulane, Jones has compiled a record of 818-445-2, making him the longest-tenured baseball coach in Tulane history and the winningest. Jones has taken the Green Wave to 12 NCAA Regional appearances, three NCAA Super Regional s and the program's only two appearances in the College World Series in 2001 and 2005.

Gautreau has been on the coaching staff at Tulane since the 2010 season, and was named the recruiting coordinator in September 2011.