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June 10, 2011

LSU to make Dunn hire official this afternoon

Orioles minor league pitching coordinator Alan Dunn has been hired to serve as the new pitching coach at Louisiana State University. Dunn interviewed yesterday for the job and he was viewed as the clear frontrunner throughout the hiring process.

A press conference officially announcing the hire will take place this afternoon in Baton Rouge, La.

Dunn, a 49-year-old Alabama native, spent the previous three full seasons as the Orioles bullpen coach. Not offered a spot on manager Buck Showalter’s 2011 coaching staff, Dunn instead accepted the minor league pitching coordinator job, which had been formerly held by Dave Schmidt, who is now the coordinator of Sarasota Operations.

Dunn joined the Orioles coaching staff in August 2007 when then manager Dave Trembley hired him as the bullpen coach. Dunn had been the minor league pitching coordinator of the Chicago Cubs at the time, and worked in the Cubs organization for 15 seasons.

LSU head coach Paul Mainieri has extensive ties to the Cubs organization and Dunn was immediately considered one of the frontrunners for the pitching coach job, which opened when David Grewe left after three seasons to pursue other opportunities.

The Orioles aren’t expected to hire a replacement for Dunn until after the season.

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