CBI honors Mainieri, Marquess
LSU and Stanford have built college baseball
programs worthy of elite status. Yet, the Cardinal and Tigers
had fallen on rather pedestrian times the past few seasons when
compared to their traditions and expectations.
LSU and Stanford didn’t take a back seat for
long, and both will be playing for another
College World Series title in Omaha.
CollegeBaseballInsider.com, in its seventh year
of covering college baseball on a national level, today
announces that LSU’s Paul Mainieri and Stanford’s Mark Marquess
(right, photo by David Gonzales, Stanford Athletics)
share national coach-of-the-year honors. The duo was selected
from a group of five finalists, which included North Carolina’s
Mike Fox, Nebraska’s Mike Anderson and Georgia’s David Perno,
the CollegeBaseballInsider.com 2004 coach of the year.
LSU had missed the NCAA postseason the past two
seasons but made huge strides in Mainieri’s second season. The
Tigers (48-17) enter the College World Series with 19 more wins
than they totaled last season and were picked to finish fifth in
the SEC’s West Division (and ninth overall). Stanford took a
season off from NCAA tournament play and was picked to finish
sixth in the loaded Pac-10 by his coaching peers in the
preseason. All the Cardinal (39-22) has done is won 11 more
games than last year and made its 16th College World Series
“While there were many exceptional coaches again
this year, we take special interest in coaches who exceed
expectations,” said Phil Stanton, co-founder of
CollegeBaseballInsider.com. “Not many thought at the beginning
of the season that LSU could overcome the likes of Vanderbilt,
South Carolina and Ole Miss or that Stanford could battle UCLA,
Arizona State, Arizona and Oregon State. All we can say is
welcome back LSU and Stanford. We congratulate Paul Mainieri,
Mark Marquess, their staffs and their clubs on a fantastic
After finishing as national runner-up the past
two seasons, expectations again were high for North Carolina.
Fox and his Tar Heels have welcomed the challenge and are back
in Omaha for a third straight year. Nebraska’s Anderson endured
a rough 2007 on and off the field but led the Cornhuskers to
nine more wins and is a finalist for this award for the third
time (2003, 2005). All Perno did was lead Georgia to 19 more
wins than in 2007 and has the Bulldogs in Omaha for the second
time in three years.
Honorable mentions and tips of the cap this year
go to: Canisius’ Mike McRae (21-win improvement); Coastal
Carolina’s Gary Gilmore; Michigan’s Rich Maloney; Rice’s Wayne
Graham; and Fresno State’s Mike Batesole.