BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU Baseball Coach Paul MainieriThat led the Tigers to the 2009 National Championships and rank No. 1 among NCAA Division I coaches in career victories, announced Friday he will retire at the end of the 2021 season.
Mainieri, whose college career spans 39 seasons – including 15 years at LSU – will coach the Tigers at the 2021 NCAA tournament if they secure a spot in 64 teams.
“I am the luckiest person in the world to live out my childhood dream of becoming a college baseball coach,” Mainieri said. “I have worked in four great institutions. And it̵7;s been an honor in my life to serve as head coach at LSU for 15 years to hold the torch for a program created by Skip Bertman, college’s greatest baseball coach. countless times It has always been a great privilege, my unwavering goal to preserve the excellence created here.
“I have been blessed throughout my career coaching unbelievable young men with great personality and skill. and working with talented and dedicated assistant coaches It’s been very difficult to leave a career that I really love, but I’m so grateful for the amazing opportunity it has given me over the years.”
“Paul Mainieri It has made a huge impact not only at LSU but throughout college baseball,” the athletics director said. Scott Woodward. “Every day he goes on the field He honored the game he loved with his class. his character and commitment to excellence We are forever grateful for the championship he won. The student athlete he inspires and the memories he received We have been gifting our fans for over 15 seasons.”
The 63-year-old Mainieri has a career record of 1,501-774-8 (.659), which includes six seasons at St Thomas (1983-88), six seasons at the Air Force (1989-94), 12 seasons at Notre Dame (1995). -2006) and 15 seasons at LSU (2007-21). He is 7th all-time among NCAA Division I baseball coaches in career winnings.
He is one of five coaches in NCAA Division I baseball history to win 1,500 games and a national championship. The others include Augie Garrido (Cal State Fullerton/Texas), Gene Stephenson (Wichita State), Jim Morris (Miami, Fla.), and Mark Marquess (Stanford)
During his tenure as LSU at Mainier, Tigers won 30 outstanding team titles, including 2009 NCAA titles, eight NCAA regional championships, five College World Series/C tournaments. Regional AA Championships, four Southeast Championship titles, six SEC tournaments and six SEC Western titles, Crown Division. His six SEC tournament titles tie him to former LSU coach Skip Bertman and former coach. Alabama Jim Wells The most in league history
Mainieri is LSU’s second-winningest coach with a score of 637-282-3 (.693), and he has the third-highest career win percentage in SEC history, behind Bertman, at 870-330-3 (.724). from 1984-2001 and former South Carolina coach Ray Tanner, who posted the 738-316 (.700) mark between 1997-2012.
Under Mainieri, the Tigers earned the top 8 national seed of the NCAA tournament in six consecutive seasons (2012-17), making LSU and Stanford (1999-2004) the only schools in NCAA history to capture a national seed. Direct Top 8 Since 2008, LSU has received nine NCAA Tournament National Seeds, marking the second best in the country over the past 13 seasons.
Mainieri’s LSU players have been recognized for First-Team All-America 13 times, and his 20 former Tigers have played in Major League Baseball, including MLB All-Stars DJ LeMahieu, Alex Bregman and Aaron Nola. Picked in 88 MLB Drafts during Mainieri’s tenure, including seven first-round picks of the past 12 seasons.
He served as head coach of the United States Collegiate National Team on the 2018 Summer Tour, and he led Team USA to a 12-3 record that includes victories in Chinese series Taipei, Japan and Cuba.
His sincere commitment to everyday excellence was greatly recognized January 3, 2014 in Dallas. When he was inducted into the Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, four-time National Coach of the Year, Mainieri joined the Hall of Fame. His father, Demie Mainieri, coaches Miami-Dade North Community College, won 1,012 wins and earned a trophy. a national title in his 30-year career, Demi and Paul Mainieri It’s the only father-son gathering in the ABCA Hall of Fame.
Mainieri’s emphasis on academic achievement was demonstrated by the Tigers’ performance in the classroom, as 103 LSU baseball players earned their degrees during their tenure. 25 graduates are players who sign professional contracts before completing university eligibility and returning to LSU to complete their degree. LSU players are also recognized by the SEC Academic Honor Roll. 141 times over the past 14 seasons
When Mainieri was hired as LSU’s coach in June 2006, he expressed a clear vision for the future of the Fighting Tiger program. Just three years later, LSU reigned supreme in college baseball as Mainieri’s 2009 NCAA National Championship. Directed the ’09 Tigers to the College World Series title by posting 56-17 overall statistics, including a 10-1 score in the NCAA Tournament.
Mainieri served 12 seasons as head coach at Notre Dame when he accepted an offer from LSU athletics director Skip Bertman to take over the LSU Mainieri project to direct Notre Dame to 14. Different team names include the 2002 NCAA Super Regional Championship and berths in the College World Series. Sixty of Mainieri’s Fighting Irish players signed professional contracts and eight arrived in the Major League.
He was the United States Air Force Academy’s first civilian baseball coach from 1989-94, and four of his players earned the rank of general in the Army. One of his former players, Major Mike Kazlausky, retired, is now the head coach of the Air Force.
His college coaching career began in 1983 at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. In March 2013, St. Thomas named a new ballpark in honor of Mainieri, who worked as director. The athletics side of the school for three years.
Minieri attended his first coaching career at his alma mater at Columbus High School in Miami. where he worked as an assistant baseball coach – for head coach Jim Hendry, his close friend and future general manager of the Chicago Cubs – and assistant football coach. He was inducted into the Columbus Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
together with his father He was counted as one of his mentors. Hall of Fame manager and two-time World Series champion Tommy Lazorda of the Los Angeles Dodgers; and legendary former University of New Orleans baseball coach and athletic director Ron Maestri, who led UNO to the College World Series in 1984.
Mainieri was born in Morgantown, W. Va. and raised in Miami. Will achieve his goal of ending a college baseball career in the same place that began 45 years ago. He received a letter in 1976 as a freshman off the field at LSU where he met his future wife, Karen. Then be the cheerleader of Fighting Tiger.
Mainieri played one season for his father at Miami-Dade North Community College and two seasons at UNO, where second baseman helped the Privateers win two Sun Belt Conference titles and enter the NCAA Tournament in 1979.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree at Florida International in 1980, Mainieri received a master’s degree in sports administration from St. Thomas in 1982.
Paul and Karen are proud parents of four children: Nicholas Alexandra, Samantha and Thomas, and four grandchildren – Holden, Jonathan, Ren and Ron. Echo
“I will always be a tiger”
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— LSU Baseball (@LSUbaseball) May 28, 2021
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Paul MainieriCoaching Superlatives at LSU
• 2018 USA Collegiate National Team Coach and recipient of the 2018 USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Award.
• 2017 Stan Musial Award
• National Coach of the Year 2015 (College Baseball Foundation, NCBWA)
• 2014 Inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.
• 2009 National Coach of the Year (ABCA, Baseball America, College Baseball, Rivals.com)
• 2008 National Coach of the Year (Rivals.com, College Baseball Insider).
• 2015 and 2009 SEC Coach of the Year
• Five-time Louisiana Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year.
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at Notre Dame
• 2001, 2002 and 2006 ABCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year.
• 2001 Big East Coach of the Year.
• 2000 Coach of the Year (College Baseball Insider)
• Nine NCAA tournaments in 12 seasons.
• Over 40 Victory Seasons in 11 of 12 years.
• College World Series appearances – 2002
• NCAA Regional and Super Regional Championship – 2002
• Five Conference Tournaments Championships
• Seven Conference Regular Season Championships
at St Thomas
• 1984 Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year
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Career record: 1501-774-8 (.659, 39 seasons)
At LSU: 637-282-3 (.693, 15 seasons)
At Notre Dame: 533-213-3 (.714, 12 seasons)
At the Air Force: 152-158 (.490, six seasons)
At St. Thomas: 179-121-2 (.598, six seasons)
Born: 29 August 1957 in Morgantown, W. Virginia
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Education: 1980 – Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Florida International 1982 – Master’s degree in Sports Administration from St. Thomas (Fla.)
Wife: Former Karen Fejes of Belle Chasse, La.
Children: Nicholas Alexandra, Samantha and Thomas
Descendants: Holden, Jonathan, Wren and Rocco W.