Longtime New Orleans baseball coach Ron Maestri announces retirement
NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Privateer baseball head coach Ron Maestri has officially retired after two seasons during his second stint with the program.
Maestri informed university president Dr. Peter Fos of his intentions in a meeting on Monday morning. His retirement is effective July 1, 2015.
"We are grateful to coach Maestri for his service and loyalty to our university," Director of Athletics Derek Morel said. "He stepped up to accept the leadership of Privateers baseball at a critical time in our program's history. Just as he did during his first tenure with the Privateers, Maestri truly made a difference. His positive impact on his student-athletes, coaches and colleagues in the department is undeniable."
Maestri re-joined the Privateers prior to the 2014 campaign after turning the program into a national power from 1972-85, a tenure that included a trip to the College World Series in 1984.
Along with his coaching prowess, Maestri served as the school's Director of Athletics from 1979-2000, helping usher in a wave of success for New Orleans athletics.
Maestri finishes his illustrious career with an overall record of 543-315-1, including nine NCAA Tournament appearances, two College World Series berths, 42 MLB Draft selections and two conference championships.
An announcement addressing the process to identify Maestri's successor will be made later this week.