OMAHA, Neb. — LSU’s Paul Mainieri received Saturday the NCBWA National Coach of the Year award, as voted on by the National College Baseball Writers Association board of directors.
Mainieri is the eighth recipient of the award and has been honored by it four times in his coaching career, twice while at LSU (2008, 09) and once at Notre Dame (2000).
“Nothing would be possible if the players hadn’t gone out there and just played terrific the entire year,” Mainieri said. “I’m honored and flattered, but I accept the award on behalf of the university, the state and especially the wonderful coaching staff and a great group of kids.”
Mainieri adds this to the SEC Coach of the Year award he won earlier this season after leading the Tigers to their 16th regular season conference title. He’s led LSU to a 53-10 record this season and another berth in the College World Series.
LSU’s 203 wins over the last four years are the most in the nation, and the Tigers are the only team to be named a national seed in each of the last four NCAA Tournaments.
Mainieri is also one of eight finalists for the Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year award.
Mainieri wanted to also give recognition to pitching coach Alan Dunn, hitting coach Andy Cannizaro, assistant Will Davis and the rest of the coaching staff.
“When you’re the head coach, you get a certain amount of attention that comes with the job,” Mainieri said. “But it’s embarrassing to me because that type of award shouldn’t just be given to the head coach. It’s earned by the entire staff. Those guys are the unsung heroes.”
Paul Mainieri the National Coach of the Year
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