LSU's head coach of the baseball program, Paul Mainieri, will be inducted to the ABCA Hall of Fame on Friday, January 2, 2014 in Dallas, Tx.
Mainieri, who took over after Skip Bertman's retirement in 2007 as the head coach of the LSU baseball team, has been highly effective in leading the program to three World Series appearances and capturing the College World Series title in 2009. Mainieri has led the Tigers to four NCAA regional titles, two Southeastern Conference championships, four SEC tournament titles, and four SEC Western Division championships. Mainieri is also a three time Coach of the Year.
Mainieri was also successful in coaching before he came to LSU. He led St. Thomas University, Air Force and Notre Dame to a collective record of 1,179-625-7 over a total of 31 seasons.
Mainieri will rank as 10th of the active NCAA coaches for the most wins in his collegiate career. He will be one of six active coaches to have one 1,000 games or more and the fourth coach from Louisiana to enter the ABCA Hall of Fame.
Mainieri will be following in his father's footsteps (Dermie Mainieri), previous and legendary LSU head coach Skip Bertman, and Mainieri's college coach from UNO, Ron Maestri in being inducted to the ABCA Hall of Fame.
Coach Mainieri had this to say about his nomination and upcoming induction to the ABCA Hall of Fame, “To be thought of in the same category as so many of my heroes growing up is just overwhelming. To be in the same fraternity with my idol, who happens to also be my father, as well as my phenomenal college coach Ron Maestri and the great Skip Bertman is incomprehensible to me. These people have always been bigger than life to me and I am just humbled by this selection.”
The induction ceremony for the ABCA Hall of Fame will be held on Friday night, January 2, 2014 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, in Dallas, Tx. in conjunction with the annual convention.