BATON ROUGE -- LSU director of athletics Skip Bertman was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame during the recently completed 2003 ABCA convention in San Diego.
Bertman, who directed LSU to five NCAA championships during his 18-year tenure (1984-2001) as head coach, joined six other inductees in the ABCA class of 2003 -- Robert Braddy of Jackson State, Hank Burbridge of Spring Arbor (Mich). University, Norm DeBriyn of Arkansas, Dick Naylor of Hanover (Ind.) College, Bob Warn of Indiana State and Oklahoma high school coach John Schwartz.
Bertman guided the Tigers to a 870-330-3 (.724) record, including the 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 2000 NCAA titles, 11 College World Series appearances and seven Southeastern Conference championships. He was named National Coach of the Year on six occasions, and he served as head coach of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team that captured the bronze medal in Atlanta.
His teams drew huge crowds to venerable Alex Box Stadium, as LSU led the nation in attendance in each of his final six seasons (1996-2001).
In a Baseball America poll released in January 1999, Bertman was voted the second greatest college baseball coach of the 20th century, trailing only Rod Dedeaux of Southern California. LSU was voted No. 3 in a poll of the greatest college baseball programs of the century.
Bertman came to LSU in 1983 from Miami (Fla.), where he served as pitching coach for eight seasons, helping the Hurricanes win the 1982 NCAA title.
Prior to joining the collegiate coaching ranks, Bertman served 11 seasons at head coach at Miami Beach High School, where he directed his teams to a state championship and two runners-up finishes. He was named Florida's Coach of the Year on three occasions.
Bertman played catcher and outfielder at Miami from 1958-60, earning his B.A. in health and physical education in 1961. He received his master's degree from UM in 1964.
Bertman and his wife Sandy are the parents of four daughters -- Jan, Jodi, Lisa and Lori -- and they have two grandchildren -- Sophie Faith and Isaac Stanley.