Dec. 10, 2012
receives contract extension at LSU
head coach Paul Mainieri has earned a three-year contract
extension through the 2017 season.
Mainieri, a three-time National Coach of the Year
and second-winningest coach in program history, has posted a
mark of 258-122-2 in six seasons with the Tigers. He trails only
Skip Bertman (870 victories from 1984-2001) in victories.
In 2009, Mainieri led LSU to the national
championship, registering a record of 56-17 overall and 10-1 in
the NCAA Tournament.
During his six seasons in Baton Rouge, Mainieri
has guided the Tigers to three SEC Western Division titles,
three SEC Tournament crowns, three NCAA Regional championships
and two College World Series appearances. This past season, LSU
won the SEC regular season crown and was the No. 7 National
Seed. The Tigers fell at home to Stony Brook in the Super
Under Mainieri, there have been 34 LSU players
selected in the MLB Draft, including a first-round pick in each
of the past four years (Jared Mitchell in 2009, Anthony Ranaudo
in 2010, Mikie Mahtook in 2011 and Kevin Gausman in 2012).
The Tigers have been successful in the classroom
as well. Over the past six seasons, LSU has had 64 players on
the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Mainieri has been involved in many community
service projects, including Cancer Services of Baton Rouge, the
ALS Association, the Mental Health Association of Greater Baton
Rouge, Prevent Child Abuse and the McMains Development Center
for Children. The members of the baseball program visit local
hospitals and schools, as well as participating in the ALS Walk
to promote the treatment of Lou Gehrig’s Disease and the Buddy
Walk to encourage acceptance and inclusion of people with Down
(photo courtesy of LSU Media