LSU announces baseball coach Paul Mainieri will retire at the end of the season
After 15 years leading the LSU baseball program, Paul Mainieri is calling it a career in Baton Rouge.
Mainieri currently has a 603-260-3 (.698) overall record at LSU. Mainieri is currently No. 1 among active NCAA Division I coaches in career victories.
The 63-year-old Mainieri has a 1,501-774-8 (.659) career record that includes six seasons at St. Thomas (1983-88), six seasons at Air Force (1989-94), 12 seasons at Notre Dame (1995-2006) and 15 seasons at LSU (2007-21). He is No. 7 all-time among NCAA Division I Baseball coaches in career wins.
He has twice been named SEC Coach of the Year (2009, 2015), and led the Tigers to the 2009 national championship and finished as the national runner-up in 2017.
“I have been the luckiest guy in the world to have lived out a childhood dream of becoming a college baseball coach,” Mainieri said. “I’ve worked at four wonderful institutions, and it’s been the honor of my life to have served as the head coach at LSU for 15 years. To have carried the torch of a program built by Skip Bertman, the greatest college baseball coach of all time, has been a tremendous privilege. It has always been my unwavering goal to sustain the excellence that was created here.
“I’ve been blessed throughout my career to coach unbelievable young men of great character and skill, and to have worked with talented and dedicated assistant coaches, support staff and administrators. It’s very difficult to leave a profession that I truly love, but I’m so grateful for the amazing opportunities that have been presented to me through the years.
LSU was eliminated in the first round of the 2021 SEC Baseball Tournament by Georgia. If LSU does not make the NCAA Tournament, Mainieri has coached his last game in Baton Rouge.