Mainieri Elected to St. Thomas Hall of Fame

LSU head coach Paul Mainieri
LSU head coach Paul Mainieri
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Bill Franques
Bill Franques
Communications Sr. Associate

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- St. Thomas University will induct LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri as the fourth member of its Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday, November 1.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will serve as the first major fundraiser in the newly-built Fernandez Family Center for Leadership and Wellness on the St. Thomas campus. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. ET, with dinner being served at 6 p.m. ET

In addition to Mainieri being inducted into the Hall of Fame, he will also serve as the keynote speaker for the evening.

During his time as head coach at St. Thomas (1983-88), Mainieri had four of his teams ranked in the NCAA Division II top 10, and 15 of his players entered professional baseball.

After his time in Miami Gardens, Mainieri spent six years coaching Air Force and 12 years at Notre Dame before taking the helm at LSU in June 2006. It took Mainieri just three seasons to lead the Tigers to the 2009 NCAA National Championship.

For his efforts last season, Mainieri was named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, American Baseball Coaches Association and Rivals.com). When interviewed by national media after LSU’s College World Series win, he acknowledged St. Thomas University for preparing him for his current leadership position. Mainieri is also an alum of the St. Thomas graduate sports administration program.

Mainieri will join Ken Stibler, Marinka Bisceglia and John Batule in the St. Thomas Hall of Fame. Stibler, the university’s founding athletic director and the first men’s basketball coach, complied 216 wins as a coach. Bisceglia, a first-team Academic All-American as a member of the softball team, recorded a .400 career batting average and 10 strikeouts per game as a pitcher. Batule, a member of the men’s basketball team was the second leading scorer for Bobcats during the Stibler era with 1698 points and had the most free throws made with 428.

 

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