LSU baseball head coach Paul Mainieri named National Coach of the Year
OMAHA, Neb. -- Head coach Paul Mainieri of LSU was named the 2015 National College Baseball Writers Association Coach of the Year by the organization at a national media conference on Saturday morning at TD Ameritrade Park. Mainieri is the eighth recipient of the annual award that is voted upon by the NCBWA Board of Directors.
“Congratulations to coach Mainieri on the NCBWA National Coach of the Year award,” NCBWA executive director Bo Carter said. “He has continued the nationally competitive tradition of LSU baseball and is much deserving of this award.”
The National Coach of the Year designation is the fourth for Mainieri during his career. He has received National Coach of the Year recognition two previous times at LSU (2008, '09) and once at Notre Dame (2000).
Mainieri has directed LSU to a 53-10 record this season and a berth in the College World Series. The Tigers also captured the SEC regular-season championship and have been ranked No. 1 in the nation for 10 consecutive weeks. LSU enters the College World Series unbeaten in NCAA regional and Super Regional action.
The LSU squad features five first-team all-SEC players, and four Tigers have earned all-America recognition. Eight LSU players were selected in the 2015 MLB Draft conducted this week.
Mainieri was named the SEC Coach of the Year for the second time in his career after leading LSU to its league-best 16th SEC regular-season championship. It was the third title during his nine-season tenure. LSU also won the SEC Western Division title for the 18th time in school history and for the fifth time under Mainieri.
During the past four seasons, LSU has won a nation’s-best 203 games, and the Tigers are the only team in the country to earn a national seed in each of the past four NCAA tournaments.