Mainieri Announces Changes to Coaching Staff

Javi Sanchez, David Grewe, Paul Mainieri and Will Davis
Javi Sanchez, David Grewe, Paul Mainieri and Will Davis (@LSUsports) (@LSUsports)
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BATON ROUGE -- LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri announced changes to his staff Thursday, including the hiring of Michigan State head coach David Grewe (GREW-ee) as the Tigers’ associate head coach. Grewe, 32,  a former assistant under Mainieri at Notre Dame, will serve as LSU’s pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.

Mainieri also announced Thursday that volunteer coach Javi Sanchez, 26, has been promoted to full-time assistant coach; coordinator of baseball operations Will Davis has been promoted to volunteer assistant coach; and former LSU pitcher Kyle Beerbohm has been appointed undergraduate student assistant coach.

Sanchez will serve as the Tigers’ primary hitting coach and supervise the baserunning, and he will work extensively with the LSU catchers.

Davis, 24, will coach the LSU outfielders, as well as handling several other on-the-field duties yet to be determined, and he will continue to serve as director of the Paul Mainieri/LSU Baseball Camps. In addition, Davis will continue to serve as the staff liaison with the LSU Baseball Coaches’ Committee (booster club) and as the staff liaison with all former LSU baseball players.

Beerbohm, a senior on LSU’s 2008 College World Series squad, will assist Grewe in working with the Tiger pitchers, as well as provide a valuable left-handed throwing arm for batting practice.

Mainieri said he is in the process of accepting applications for Davis’ former position of coordinator of operations.

All of the hirings are pending approval of the LSU Board of Supervisors and must be in compliance with the university’s employment policies.

Grewe’s hiring not only reunites him with Mainieri, but also with Sanchez, who played catcher at Notre Dame under Grewe’s supervision in 2003 and 2004.

“I believe this is a very positive step for our program,” Mainieri said, “because we will continue to have the same great chemistry on our staff that we had this season during our run to the College World Series. We’ve all worked together, we’re familiar with one another and we share the same views on how to manage a successful program.

“It says a lot about David that he is willing to leave a head coaching job to come to LSU. He is a very talented coach and recruiter, and our pitchers are going to love him.  David has a close relationship with Javi, and they will combine with Will to give us an outstanding staff.”

During Grewe’s three-year tenure at Michigan State, the Spartans compiled a 75-85 record, including a 42-53 mark in Big Ten play. The Spartan baseball program was in contention for postseason play on the final day of each of Grewe’s three seasons, and the program compiled the Big Ten’s top recruiting class for the 2009 season, according to Baseball America.

In 2008, MSU recorded victories over traditional powers Stetson and Western Carolina while also winning a game against College World Series participant Rice. In 2007, the Spartans defeated South Florida, Oklahoma and won three of four at Ohio State.

During Grewe’s three seasons, seven MSU players were selected in the MLB draft. Three players were taken in the 2008 draft, topping each of the previous two years when two players were selected. The Spartans also enjoyed notable achievements in the classroom under Grewe. Thirty MSU baseball players have been named Academic All-Big Ten over the past three seasons, including 12 student-athletes in 2006.

Grewe arrived in East Lansing following three years at Notre Dame (2003-05) where he served as the recruiting coordinator and the hitting and catching instructor under Mainieri. During his tenure, the Irish compiled a combined record of 134-54-1 (.712), including three-straight BIG EAST Tournament championships and three-consecutive NCAA Regional appearances. Over his three-year period with Notre Dame, Grewe helped the squad to the fourth-most wins in all of NCAA Division I.

At Notre Dame, Grewe established himself as one of the nation's top recruiters. He helped attract two top-10 recruiting classes to South Bend, Ind., including the 2004 Class (ranked No. 6 by Baseball America) and the 2006 Class (ranked No. 7 by Team One Baseball).

While on the Notre Dame coaching staff, Grewe also supervised the transformation of Sanchez, from starting shortstop (2002) to all-star catcher. With no catching experience prior to 2003, Sanchez emerged as a polished catcher and clutch hitter, earning 2003 BIG EAST Tournament MVP honors and a spot on the NCAA Fullerton Regional All-Tournament team. His steady development and refined defensive skills prompted the Minnesota Twins to select Sanchez in the 14th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft.

Grewe coached 13 players at Notre Dame that were drafted or played professional baseball. He also recruited five players that were drafted out of high school and continued their playing career at Notre Dame.

Grewe spent two years as an assistant coach at Central Michigan (2001-02), where he coached the infielders and catchers and served as hitting instructor under Judd Folske. He was also extremely involved with the pitchers and called pitches for CMU pitchers during the games. Grewe coached five CMU players who went on to professional baseball.

In 2001, the Chippewas set single-season records for runs scored (470) and RBI (422). The 626 hits (second), 988 total bases (second) and 69 home runs (third) all ranked among the top single-season totals in CMU history.

Grewe spent two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Chicago (1999-2000) under Brian Baldea, serving as hitting instructor, infield coach and recruiting coordinator. In 2000, the Maroons ranked No. 19 in NCAA Division III in batting average (.347) while averaging 8.47 runs per game.

Grewe earned three letters at Dayton (1996-98) while starting games at catcher, first base and third base. He started at third base for the 1996 team that set the Dayton record for wins, including an upset victory in Alex Box Stadium over eventual national champion LSU.

The Royal Oak, Mich., native graduated from Dayton in 1998 as a sports management major, with a double minor in marketing and public relations. While coaching at Central Michigan, he served as a graduate teaching assistant while studying towards a master's degree in athletic administration.

Grewe married the former Annie Brammer, a native of South Bend, Ind., in the fall of 2006. The Grewe family welcomed Charlie David Grewe into the world on Nov. 28, 2007.


Opening statement...

“I just wanted to express my excitement for being here and being a part of this program. I’m thrilled to be a part of LSU baseball, this university and the great success of the LSU athletic department. I will be moving here with my wife and seven-month old son here in a couple of months and we can’t wait to start this next chapter in our lives. For some, it is a hard transition to go from head coach at a great place to an assistant coach at premier program. For me, it wasn’t. The reason for that is because of the person I am going to work with, the people I am going to work for and the community I am going to be involved in. I have so much respect and loyalty for Coach [Paul] Mainieri. It is really off the charts. He sent my child a gift after he was born. He bought a nice new baseball hat for Charlie. I actually think Karen [Mainieri] bought it, but Charlie has been wearing that hat as LSU played in Omaha. My excitement in being here leaves behind the past three years of great memories at Michigan State.

“We have great athletic director [Mark Hollis] there that I have a lot of respect for and it was hard to leave him. He was a tremendous person and they have a great athletic department there. One of the most difficult things for me was the players that I have recruited. It’s a building process going on in that program and I hope that in a small way I can look back at the program and say that I was a small part of that having success over the next couple of years.

“I’m excited about this opportunity. I’m excited about having a role for Paul [Mainieri] as a pitching coach, which he alluded to earlier. There have been many different times in my career that I have focused on pitchers. I’ve called pitches at Central Michigan. I made a decision last year on my staff to hire my volunteer assistant and take over the leading role working with our pitchers. That was very refreshing for me. Working with our pitchers on a daily basis, being in the bull pen and calling the games was exciting. I’m looking forward to that opportunity here. I also can’t wait to get on the road, wear a [LSU shirt] and represent a great program to recruit the best players in the country.

“I really look forward to working with Javi [Sanchez] and Will [Davis]. This opportunity came about and I jumped at the opportunity because my past experiences with LSU have been nothing but special. I played here in college at the University of Dayton. Our team got to come here and play. I’ll never forget.  I actually have the newspaper clipping. I carry that with me in my personal binder and I brought that with me as a reminder for this special moment. [LSU] was an awesome environment for that series. I played third base and I hit a mammoth home run, maybe 600 ft. Actually, I think it just went over the left fielder’s head. It just barely scraped the wall. I’ll never forget my roommate walking off the mound, in the fifth or sixth game and the fans giving him a standing ovation for what he did on the field. That stuck with me and told me that this was a unique place. There is no other place in the country that the fans have as much loyalty that this place has for college baseball.

"When I was in college, as a junior, I went to hear Skip [Bertman] talk at the Michigan High School Baseball Association in January.  I had my dad drive me up there, I believe it was in 1998, to hear what he had to say and talk about the game because of the respect I had for LSU.

"I’m thrilled to be standing here today and I have Paul to thank. I have so much loyalty and trust in this staff. It is going to be hard to replace Terry [Rooney] and Cliff [Godwin] and the great work they did, but I’m very confident that the cohesiveness of our staff will make that transition very smooth.”

June 26, 2008
Coach Paul Mainieri

Opening Statement...
“This is an exciting day for me, bitter sweet too. Terry Rooney after 12 years as an assistant coach five of which he worked with me has earned an opportunity to become a head coach at the University of Central Florida. I’m very happy and proud for him. He will do a fundamental job. After he was offered the job I sat down with him and asked what he was going to do with his staff. He (Rooney) asked how I would feel if he were to offer Cliff Godwin a position on his coaching staff. I told Terry (Rooney) whatever is best for you, don’t worry about me. I knew as a first time head coach of 34 years old there is a lot more to that position than an assistant. I felt very strongly that Terry needed to have someone on a confront level and someone who could do the job. I went to visit with Cliff (Godwin) and it was decided by mutual agreement that he would go with Terry to Central Florida. That put me into motion that I needed to restructure my staff and we have been able to do that. I’m sorry to see Terry and Cliff go; they have made their mark here at LSU. I’m equally excited about the future of this program and more so in many ways.   We’ve put together a coaching staff that I have great confront and great familiarity with. I believe that all three of these assistants will work in an exemplary way that will help us continue the progress and make us better. I know each of these guys very well. Each of them will be a tremendous part of the program. ”
On Kyle Beerbohm... 
“Kyle has exhausted his four years of eligibility; he has used his play time. But, he has not graduated yet, NCAA rules allow for a player who is still within his five year window to come back as an undergrad assistant. Kyle will help us primarily because his pitches left handed and help out David Grewe in the bullpen. I’m pleased to say that Kyle will remain with the program for another year.”

On Will Davis...
“Talk about an unsung hero the work that he (Davis) did behind the scenes was a tremendous job. I have changed his duties slightly. He will still retain all his duties as a liaison and coordinator for camps. I am now making him an on the field coach and I’m excited about that. I knew Will has the desire to become a coach and I think he will be a very hard working guy. He will work primarily with the outfield but then will be available for other special assignments I have.”

On Javi Sanchez...
“I’m especially excited to announce that Javi will be promoted to full time assistant coach. Javi was a volunteer last year. I think everyone knows his background. He was four year player for me at Notre Dame. He is one the smartest baseball players I’ve coached in 26 years. He understood the game far beyond his years. I always felt that Javi would make at tremendous coach, not only for his knowledge of the game but his personality and ability to teach. I now have the opportunity to put him on full time. There will be a learning curve because of recruiting but he will pick that up in no time. So I’m really excited about Javi taking over the role as hitting coach, working with our catchers and will continue to coach the bases. We are not sure which base he will coach that will be determined later.”

On David Grewe...
“The biggest news of the day is the addition of David Grewe as associate head coach. David was recently the head coach of Michigan State in the Big 10. During the three years David coached with me at Notre Dame him and I created a bond beyond a friendship. I think his vision and knowledge of the game to recruit players and coach players is something that is off the charts. We have remained very close after he left Norte Dame and took the head coaching job. I’m so proud of the job he did at Michigan State, I thought the job he has done with recruiting and building the program is outstanding. I have zero doubt that he will be a tremendous pitching coach.  The knowledge that he has of the game is greater knowledge than anyone I know. I know he will take to the pitching coach extremely well. The main thing about David is he will be a tremendous recruiter. He knows the right way and the way I like it to be done.  What he is going to do here at LSU is going to be extraordinary from a recruiting stand point. I’m tremendously excited to introduce David Grewe as our new associate head coach.”  




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