Aug. 19, 2009

Courtesy of LSU Athletics

BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU coach Paul Mainieri has been named the 2009 National Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association. The honor is the fourth National Coach of the Year designation this season for Mainieri, who has also been recognized by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, Baseball America magazine and Rivals.com.

Mainieri will be presented with the award on January 8 in Dallas at the annual ABCA national convention.

Mainieri’s 2009 national championship club 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. LSU also captured the SEC regular-season title – the school’s first since 2003 -- and won the league tournament for the second year in a row.

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.

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.