Mainieri Named National Coach of the Year by Rivals
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BATON ROUGE -- LSU coach Paul Mainieri has been named the 2009 National Coach of the Year by Rivals.com. The honor is the third National Coach of the Year designation this season for Mainieri, who has also been recognized by Collegiate Baseball newspaper and Baseball America magazine.
Mainieri, who directed LSU to the 2009 College World Series title, was also the Rivals.com National Coach of the Year in 2008.
Mainieri’s 2009 National Champions completed the season with a 56-17 record, marking the second-highest wins total in LSU history. The CWS title was the sixth for LSU and its first since 2000, when Skip Bertman led the Tigers to their fifth NCAA championship.
The ’09 Tigers, who began the year ranked No. 1 in the nation, culminated the season with a 2-1 series victory over Texas in the CWS Championship Finals.
Mainieri has a 134-62-2 (.682) record in three seasons at LSU, including the ’09 national championship, two CWS appearances, one SEC regular-season title, two SEC Tournament titles and two SEC Western Division crowns.
He has a 998-554-6 (.642) career record in 27 collegiate seasons, including tenures at St. Thomas (Fla.), Air Force, Notre Dame and LSU.
“Winning a national title is just a very special moment for me and I’ve thought about all the players I’ve coached at St. Thomas, Air Force, Notre Dame and now LSU,” Mainieri said. “They’re all a part of this with me. I’m just such a lucky man to be the coach of this outstanding program.”
Mainieri guided LSU to an SEC-record 23-game win streak near the end of the 2008 season, as the Tigers won 26 of their final 29 games. LSU won 28 of its final 33 games in 2009, including a 14-game win streak during the postseason. Since April 22, 2008, LSU has a remarkable 82-20 (.804) record.