July 2, 2013
2013 Coaching Changes
Returns to New Orleans
Former head coach Ron Maestri has returned to
lead the program at New Orleans as it begins membership in the
Maestri was head coach of the Privateers from
1972-85, posting a record of 518-247-1. The win total and
winning percentage of .677 are tops in program history. UNO
never had a losing season under Maestri and reached the NCAA
Tournament nine times.
The Privateers finished second in the 1974 NCAA
Division II College World Series. Ten years later, New Orleans
became the first team from the state of Louisiana to reach the
NCAA Division I College World Series in Omaha.
Several of Maestri’s players became head coaches,
including Paul Mainieri of LSU, Tim Jamieson of Missouri and
former Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade.
As well as being a coach with the Privateers,
Maestri was Director of Athletics at UNO from 1979-2000.
Over the past eight years, Maestri has served as
the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the
Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs.
Maestri is a 1963 graduate of Bradley and coach
both baseball and football at his alma mater.
New Orleans will open the 2014 season on Feb. 14
at Alex Box Stadium against Mainieri’s LSU Tigers. The first
home game for the Privateers will occur one day later at the
renovated field named after Maestri. The World Series teams of
1974 and 1984 will be honored prior to the game.