Dec. 10, 2012


Mainieri receives contract extension at LSU


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 Regionals.


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 Syndrome.


(photo courtesy of LSU Media Relations Office)