Mainieri and his coaches toured the campus Thursday and were introduced to university administrators and athletics personnel.
"I'm very excited to have these
three outstanding coaches on our staff at LSU," Mainieri said. "They are
first-rate young men who will represent LSU with great dignity and class, and
they will bring tremendous energy and enthusiasm to our
Rooney, Notre Dame's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator, will serve in the same capacity at LSU. Godwin, the Irish hitting coach in 2006, will supervise the Tigers' offense and work with the LSU catchers.
Barbier, a member of LSU's 1997 and
2000 national championship teams, joins Mainieri's staff after one season at
Rooney, 32, arrived in the fall of 2003 at Notre Dame, where his primary role centered on instructing the program's highly-regarded pitching staff while also serving as the program's recruiting coordinator. His earlier eight seasons as a Division I assistant included serving as pitching coach with four programs - George Washington, James Madison, Old Dominion and Stetson - with additional recruiting coordinator responsibilities in four of those seasons.
Rooney's recruiting skills and
guidance as a pitching coach have combined to yield several noteworthy success
stories. In each of the past nine seasons, at least one of his former pitchers
has gone on to sign a professional contract despite not being drafted out of
high school. Sixteen of his former pitchers have been MLB draft picks,
with seven selected in the first 10 rounds.
Upon his arrival at Notre Dame,
Rooney set about educating the Irish pitchers on the concept of "offensive
pitching" that focuses on aspects that the staff can control - being
mechanically sound, working to advantage counts, high first-pitch strike
percentages and controlling the running game.
Rooney's 2006 staff set or tied four Notre Dame records -- strikeouts thrown (504), saves (18), staff strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.95; 504/171) and fewest wild pitches (0.38/gm).
The 2006 Irish staff also allowed
just 18 home runs all season for the best HR average by Notre Dame in the
12-season Mainieri era (0.29 HR allowed/gm). The '06 staff ranked third-best in
the Mainieri era in ERA (3.52; 27th in the nation for '06) and opponent batting
Rooney supervised the development in 2006 of right-hander Kyle Weiland, who was third in the nation in with 16 saves and earned first-team Freshman all-America recognition.
The 2006 Major League Baseball
Draft marked the first time three Irish pitchers were selected by MLB clubs –
righthander Jeff Samardzija (fifth round, Chicago Cubs), righthander Jeff Manship (14th round, Minnesota Twins) and lefthander Tom Thornton
(21st round, Detroit Tigers).
A 1996 Radford graduate with a
degree in social science, Rooney ranks second in Radford history with 79
appearances and posted an 8-2 career record. He played one season at Davis &
Godwin, a former a standout catcher
Under Godwin's direction, the 2006 Notre Dame hitters compiled the program's best plate discipline ratio (BB + HBP - Ks) since 1990, finishing at +66 with 247 walks, 100 times hit-by-pitch and just 281 strikeouts (4.5 per game).
The ‘06 Irish squad totaled the
second-most sacrifice bunts in school history (65, one shy of the team record)
while finishing with the program's third-best totals in two other categories:
10.81 hits per game and 100 times hit-by-pitch.
Prior to serving as director of baseball operations at Vanderbilt during the 2004-05 academic year, Godwin spent one season as a volunteer assistant coach at UNC Wilmington ('03-'04). His duties at Vanderbilt included helping organize daily activities associated with the baseball program and serving as liaison to the Bullpen Club support group.
Godwin was part of the historic
UNCW season in 2004, as the Seahawks claimed their first Colonial Athletic
Association conference title and advanced to the final game of the NCAA regional
An all-region catcher and two-time
Academic All-American at
Godwin - who spent 2003 as an
assistant coach at Kinston (N.C.) High School - played two seasons of
professional baseball (2001-02) for the Frontier League's Gateway Grizzlies
(based in Sauget, Ill.).
The Snow Hill, N.C., native was a
three-sport standout at
Godwin graduated magna cum laude
Barbier joins Mainieri's staff as
volunteer coach after one season at
The 28-year-old New Orleans native
was a four-year letterman for the Tigers and started for the 1997 LSU national
championship team as a second baseman and for the 2000 NCAA championship squad
as a third baseman. He was the driving force behind the Tigers' drive to the
World Series title in 2000, as he was named to the CWS all-tournament
Following his collegiate career, Barbier played four years of professional baseball in the Chicago Cubs organization.
A 2002 graduate of LSU with a
degree in finance, Barbier was a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
He played both second and third base during his LSU career and was named
Freshman all-America and all-SEC in 1997. He posted a .307 career batting
average with 46 home runs, 62 doubles, 260 runs and 199 RBI in 259
He was a four-year letterman at
Barbier is married to Lacie
Callais, a former LSU Golden Girl.
The Terry Rooney File
Education: 1996 - B.A. in social science (Radford)
Davis & Elkins (
Notre Dame assistant (2004-06)
Stetson assistant (2002-03)
Old Dominion assistant (2000-01)
James Madison assistant (1998-99)
George Washington assistant
The Cliff Godwin File
Education: 2000 –
B.S. in management information systems (
2002 – Master's in business
Notre Dame assistant (2006)
Vanderbilt director of operations (2005)
UNC-Wilmington assistant (2004)
Kinston (N.C.) High School assistant (2003)
The Blair Barbier File
Education: 2002 – B.S.
in finance (LSU)