LSU's Paul Mainieri takes Skip Bertman Award

LSU's Paul Mainieri received the Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year Award.

LSU's Paul Mainieri was named Monday the winner of the Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year Award. He'll receive the honor during a ceremony Monday night in Lubbock, Texas.

This is the second National Coach of the Year distinction this season for Mainieri. He also received that distinction from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Mainieri also picked up Coach of the Year honors from the SEC and Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Mainieri has now received 17 Coach of the Year awards while at LSU, and has been named National Coach of the Year by at least one outlet in three seasons with the Tigers. Mainieri was previously a finalist in 2009 for the Skip Bertman award, named after the legendary LSU coach from 1984-2001.

“I am so honored as this award means more to me than any award that I have ever received,” Mainieri said in a press release. “I say this because of the respect I have for Skip Bertman and all he has done for college baseball. In addition to that fact, he is my dear friend, and he brought me to LSU when he was the athletic director. When he hired me, I told him my only goal at LSU was to make him proud of me.”

Mainieri has led LSU to a nation's best 204 wins over the last four seasons, the only team in the country to receive a national seed in each of the last four NCAA Tournaments.

LSU's 2015 season ended at the College World Series for the second time in three years. The Tigers went 1-2 in Omaha, dropping both losses to TCU resulting in elimination for the championship series.

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