College baseball's most prominent news site says that Nicholls is hunting a big fish in its search for a new head coach.
Kendall Rogers with D1Baseball.com said that Andy Cannizaro has emerged as the frontrunner to be the Colonels' next coach. No hire has been announced, and the Colonels are continuing the process of attempting to replace Seth Thibodeaux who resigned at the end of the 2021 season.
But Cannizaro would be a huge get for Nicholls.
He was widely regarded as one of the bright young coaches in the sport for a lot of the past decade. Cannizaro was LSU's hitting coach from 2014-2016, then parlayed that success into becoming the head coach at Mississippi State.
In one season with the Bulldogs, Cannizaro went 40-27 and led the team to the 2017 Super Regionals.
His star crashed to a halt when just days into the 2018 season, Cannizaro abruptly resigned from his position after reports surfaced that he had an extramarital affair with a female member of Mississippi State's football staff.
After a year hiatus, Cannizaro returned to his native New Orleans and has been the coach at Holy Cross for the past few seasons.
Cannizaro, 42, was regarded as one of the best recruiters in the country during his time at LSU and Mississippi State.
If given the job at Nicholls, he would likely breathe new life into a program that struggled during the back-end of Thibodeaux's tenure. He would also lend offensive expertise to the team – a group that struggled mightily to score runs in 2021.
Rogers said that Nicholls would be a "terrific restart" for the young coach.