TCU associate head coach Bill Mosiello is reportedly a candidate for Rice’s vacant coaching job.
Mosiello, who has multiple years of experience as a college and minor-league coach, received a glowing endorsement from TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle.
“Quite simply, and I mean this wholeheartedly, Bill Mosiello is the best pure baseball person I’ve ever been around in 28 years of college coaching,” Schlossnagle said in a statement obtained by Fox 26 sports director Mark Berman.
“He’s incredibly well-versed in every possible area of baseball. He’s a phenomenal teacher. He’s coached all over the country. For Rice, which obviously is going to base their recruiting first and foremost in Houston and Texas, but it’s also a national school. His experience at TCU and his experience at USC has specifically prepared him to be an outstanding head coach at Rice.”
Rice ended its 2018 campaign with a 26-31-2 record, losing back-to-back games to Florida Atlantic in the C-USA Tournament to close the season.
The Owls have a rich tradition in baseball, but the program missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 24 years this season.
Rice’s next coach will follow Wayne Graham, who is the winningest coach in program history. Graham hadn’t led the Owls to a regional championship since 2013, however, and the team hasn’t made the College World Series since 2008.
It would be a tall order for Mosiello, but Schlossnagle seems confident his associate head coach can turn the program around.