Louisiana State University baseball coach Paul Mainieri has announced he will retire after coaching at the university for 15 years.
Mainieri made the official announcement in a statement on Friday informing everyone of his decision.
“I have been the luckiest guy in the world to have lived out a childhood dream of becoming a college baseball coach,” Mainieri said. “I’ve worked at four wonderful institutions, and it’s been the honor of my life to have served as the head coach at LSU for 15 years. To have carried the torch of a program built by Skip Bertman, the greatest college baseball coach of all time, has been a tremendous privilege. It has always been my unwavering goal to sustain the excellence that was created here.”
“I’ve been blessed throughout my career to coach unbelievable young men of great character and skill, and to have worked with talented and dedicated assistant coaches, support staff and administrators. It’s very difficult to leave a profession that I truly love, but I’m so grateful for the amazing opportunities that have been presented to me through the years.”
Mainieri has been coaching college baseball for 39 years now and will continue to lead the Tigers in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. He has a overall 1,501-774-8 coaching record and a 637-282-3 record as the Tigers coach.
The loss of Mainieri, who led the team to a 2009 National Championship, will be a huge loss to the program and school officials have not yet announced who will be the next head coach.