A leader in the field of athletic training, Jack Marucci enters his 20th season as director of athletic training at LSU. Since joining the Tigers, Marucci’s leadership and vision has moved LSU to the forefront of athletic training at the collegiate level.
As director of athletic training, Marucci oversees the athletic training operation for all 21 varsity sports, which includes supervising a staff of six full-time trainers and 10 graduate assistants.
An experienced trainer with a strong background in collegiate athletics, Marucci helped design the Broussard Center for Athletic Training at Tiger Stadium as well as the one located in the Football Operations Building, which the football team operates out of on a daily basis.
Marucci served as an assistant athletic trainer at Florida State from 1988-96, a stint that included eight bowl trips with the Seminoles. While in Tallahassee, he also served as the host trainer for two NCAA regional baseball tournaments.
Marucci graduated from West Virginia in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and then gained his master’s from Alabama in 1988, serving as a graduate assistant trainer for the Crimson Tide from 1986-88. He also worked with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1987 and the Cleveland Browns in 1985.
Off the field, Marucci has mastered the art of crafting wooden baseball bats and founded his own company, the Marucci Bat Company. The bat company, which originally started with a workshop in his backyard, now has hundreds of Major Leaguers swinging its bats, including Albert Pujols and the 2006 NL MVP and home run champion Ryan Howard. Marucci’s bats, which now include a line of aluminum bats for both baseball and softball, are the fastest-growing bat in baseball. The Marucci Bat Company has also been represented in both the Major League All-Star Game and the World Series in recent years with numerous Major Leaguers swinging the Marucci Bat.
Marucci is married to the former Leah Gaines and they have a son, Gino, and a daughter, Sarah. Gino is a member of the University of Houston baseball team.