Mainieri announces changes to staff

LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri announced changes to his staff Thursday, including the hiring of Michigan State head coach David Grewe as the Tigers' associate head coach.

Mainieri also announced Thursday that volunteer coach Javi Sanchez, 26, has been promoted to full-time assistant coach; coordinator of baseball operations Will Davis has been promoted to volunteer assistant coach; and former LSU pitcher Kyle Beerbohm has been appointed undergraduate student assistant coach.


Sanchez will serve as the Tigers’ primary hitting coach and supervise the baserunning, and he will work extensively with the LSU catchers.


Davis, 24, will coach the LSU outfielders, as well as handling several other on-the-field duties yet to be determined, and he will continue to serve as director of the Paul Mainieri/LSU Baseball Camps. In addition, Davis will continue to serve as the staff liaison with the LSU Baseball Coaches’ Committee (booster club) and as the staff liaison with all former LSU baseball players.


Beerbohm, a senior on LSU’s 2008 College World Series squad, will assist Grewe in working with the Tiger pitchers, as well as provide a valuable left-handed throwing arm for batting practice.


Mainieri said he is in the process of accepting applications for Davis’ former position of coordinator of operations.


All of the hirings are pending approval of the LSU Board of Supervisors and must be in compliance with the university’s employment policies.


Grewe’s hiring not only reunites him with Mainieri, but also with Sanchez, who played catcher at Notre Dame under Grewe’s supervision in 2003 and 2004.


“I believe this is a very positive step for our program,” Mainieri said, “because we will continue to have the same great chemistry on our staff that we had this season during our run to the College World Series. We’ve all worked together, we’re familiar with one another and we share the same views on how to manage a successful program.


“It says a lot about David that he is willing to leave a head coaching job to come to LSU. He is a very talented coach and recruiter, and our pitchers are going to love him.  David has a close relationship with Javi, and they will combine with Will to give us an outstanding staff.”


During Grewe’s three-year tenure at Michigan State, the Spartans compiled a 75-85 record, including a 42-53 mark in Big Ten play. The Spartan baseball program was in contention for postseason play on the final day of each of Grewe’s three seasons, and the program compiled the Big Ten’s top recruiting class for the 2009 season, according to Baseball America.


In 2008, MSU recorded victories over traditional powers Stetson and Western Carolina while also winning a game against College World Series participant Rice. In 2007, the Spartans defeated South Florida, Oklahoma and won three of four at Ohio State.


During Grewe’s three seasons, seven MSU players were selected in the MLB draft. Three players were taken in the 2008 draft, topping each of the previous two years when two players were selected. The Spartans also enjoyed notable achievements in the classroom under Grewe. Thirty MSU baseball players have been named Academic All-Big Ten over the past three seasons, including 12 student-athletes in 2006.


Grewe arrived in East Lansing following three years at Notre Dame (2003-05) where he served as the recruiting coordinator and the hitting and catching instructor under Mainieri. During his tenure, the Irish compiled a combined record of 134-54-1 (.712), including three-straight BIG EAST Tournament championships and three-consecutive NCAA Regional appearances. Over his three-year period with Notre Dame, Grewe helped the squad to the fourth-most wins in all of NCAA Division I.


At Notre Dame, Grewe established himself as one of the nation's top recruiters. He helped attract two top-10 recruiting classes to South Bend, Ind., including the 2004 Class (ranked No. 6 by Baseball America) and the 2006 Class (ranked No. 7 by Team One Baseball).


While on the Notre Dame coaching staff, Grewe also supervised the transformation of Sanchez, from starting shortstop (2002) to all-star catcher. With no catching experience prior to 2003, Sanchez emerged as a polished catcher and clutch hitter, earning 2003 BIG EAST Tournament MVP honors and a spot on the NCAA Fullerton Regional All-Tournament team. His steady development and refined defensive skills prompted the Minnesota Twins to select Sanchez in the 14th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft.


Grewe coached 13 players at Notre Dame that were drafted or played professional baseball. He also recruited five players that were drafted out of high school and continued their playing career at Notre Dame.


Grewe spent two years as an assistant coach at Central Michigan (2001-02), where he coached the infielders and catchers and served as hitting instructor under Judd Folske. He was also extremely involved with the pitchers and called pitches for CMU pitchers during the games. Grewe coached five CMU players who went on to professional baseball.


In 2001, the Chippewas set single-season records for runs scored (470) and RBI (422). The 626 hits (second), 988 total bases (second) and 69 home runs (third) all ranked among the top single-season totals in CMU history.


Grewe spent two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Chicago (1999-2000) under Brian Baldea, serving as hitting instructor, infield coach and recruiting coordinator. In 2000, the Maroons ranked No. 19 in NCAA Division III in batting average (.347) while averaging 8.47 runs per game.


Grewe earned three letters at Dayton (1996-98) while starting games at catcher, first base and third base. He started at third base for the 1996 team that set the Dayton record for wins, including an upset victory in Alex Box Stadium over eventual national champion LSU.


The Royal Oak, Mich., native graduated from Dayton in 1998 as a sports management major, with a double minor in marketing and public relations. While coaching at Central Michigan, he served as a graduate teaching assistant while studying towards a master's degree in athletic administration.


Grewe married the former Annie Brammer, a native of South Bend, Ind., in the fall of 2006. The Grewe family welcomed Charlie David Grewe into the world on Nov. 28, 2007.

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