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Paul Mainieri
Title Head Coach
College Louisiana State University
Sport Baseball
Conference Southeastern Conference
Team record 134-62-2
Born August 29, 1957 (1957-08-29) (age 52)
Place of birth Morgantown, WV
Career highlights
Overall 998-554-6
Championships
NCAA: 2009
Big East: 1999, 2001, 2002, 2006
Big East Tournament: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
SEC: 2009
SEC Tournament: 2008, 2009
Awards
National Coach of the Year (CBI): 1999, 2008
National Coach of the Year (Rivals): 2008, 2009
SEC Coach of the Year: 2009
Coach of the Year (Collegiate Baseball Newspaper): 2009
Coach of the Year (Baseball America): 2009
Playing career
1976
1977
1978-1979
LSU
Miami-Dade North CC
UNO
Position Second base
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1983-1988
1989-1994
1995-2006
2007-Present
St. Thomas University
Air Force
Notre Dame
LSU

Paul Mainieri (born 29 August 1957 in Morgantown, WV) is the current head coach of the LSU baseball team. Prior to that position he was the head coach of the Notre Dame baseball team from 1995-2006, the United States Air Force Academy baseball team from 1989-1994 and the St. Thomas University baseball team from 1983-1988.

He graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, Florida.

His cumulative record in 27 years of coaching is 998-554-6. His Division I coaching record is 819-433-5.

He coached LSU to the 2009 College World Series championship.

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Playing career

Mainieri started his college baseball playing career in 1976 at LSU. He played for one season, earning a letter, before transferring to Miami-Dade North Community College to play for his father, Demie Mainieri. After one year he transferred to the University of New Orleans where he played for two years and helped the team win two Sun Belt Conference titles and earn an appearance in the 1979 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

Mainieri completed his undergraduate degree requirement at Florida International University in 1980, earning a B.S. in physical education. He played two years of minor league baseball and earned a M.S. in sports administration from St. Thomas University in 1982.

Coaching career

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St. Thomas

Mainieri began his coaching career in Florida as the head coach of St. Thomas University in 1983. In six seasons, his team went 179-121-1, and Mainieri became the winningest coach in St. Thomas History.

Induction into the Hall of Fame

It was announced that Mainieri will be inducted into the St. Thomas Hall of Fame on November 1, 2009. Mainnieri becomes just the fourth person to be inducted into the St. Thomas Hall of Fame joining Ken Stibler, Marinka Bisceglia and John Batule.[1]

Air Force

He moved on to the United States Air Force Academy in 1989, where he would also remain for six seasons. He became the second-winningest coach in Air Force history posting a mark of 152-158.

Notre Dame

Moving to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 1995, Mainieri turned the Fighting Irish into a perennial postseason contender winning the Big East tournament an unprecedented 5 straight seasons, making the NCAA Tournament 9 out of 12 seasons, and leading the Irish to one College World Series appearance in 2002. In total, Mainieri posted a .714 winning percentage going 533-213-3 in twelve seasons.

LSU

Mainieri replaced Smoke Laval at the end of the LSU Tigers' 2006 season. In the 2007 season, LSU finished 29-26-1 and did not reach the NCAA Tournament.

40 games into the 2008 season, the Tigers were again struggling with a 23-16-1 record. However, the team then went on a Southeastern Conference record 23-game win streak. Under Mainieri's leadership, the team swept the Baton Rouge Regional bracket of the NCAA baseball post-season and won their first Super-Regional in years.[2] UC Irvine ended the streak in the first game of the Super Regional, defeating LSU 11-5, but LSU won the next two games and reached the 2008 College World Series. It was LSU's first College World Series appearance since 2004 and they recorded their first win since their CWS championship in 2000.

Mainieri's Tigers entered the 2009 season as the favorites to win the SEC, and were the preseason #1 team in some national polls.[3] During the season, the Tigers won the SEC regular season title, the 2009 SEC Tournament championship, and reached the 2009 College World Series as the #3 national seed. Mainieri then led LSU to the CWS Finals against Texas. The Tigers won the first game 7-6 in 11 innings, lost the second 5-1, but won the national championship defeating the Longhorns 11-4 in the final game. The Tigers finished the season with a 56-17 record. Mainieri received the 2009 Coach of the Year award from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and the 2009 Coach of the Year award by Baseball America. Rivals.com also named Mainieri the 2009 National Coach of the Year.[4][5][6]

The 2009 title was the sixth in LSU baseball history, tying LSU for the second most national championships in college baseball history, and Mainieri joined Skip Bertman as the only LSU baseball coaches to win a national championship.

Coaching Tree

Paul Mainieri's influence extends throughout the game of baseball, as seven of his former assistant coaches and six of his former players presently work as coaches or administrators.

Former Assistant Coaches

  • Terry Rooney, Head Coach, Central Florida
  • Brian O'Connor, Head Coach, Virginia
  • David Grewe, Former Head Coach[7], Michigan State
  • Cory Mee, Head Coach, Toledo
  • Dave Schrage, Head Coach, Notre Dame
  • Eric Campbell, General Manager, Team USA
  • Al Avila, Assistant General Manager, Detroit Tigers

Former Players

  • Javier Sanchez, Assistant Coach, LSU
  • Eddie Smith, Assistant Coach, University of Virginia
  • Marty Smith, Head Coach, Central Florida CC
  • Rick Hitt, Head Coach, South Florida CC
  • Elvis Dominguez, Head Coach, Bradley
  • John Corbin, Assistant Coach, Bradley
  • Mike Kazlausky, Assistant Coach, Air Force
  • J.J. Brock, Assistant Coach, Georgetown

Year-by-Year Coaching Record

Year School Overall Winning % Conference Winning % Conf. Finish
1983 St. Thomas 19-25-1 .445
1984 St. Thomas 37-14 .725
1985 St. Thomas 31-21 .596
1986 St. Thomas 23-24 .489
1987 St. Thomas 35-21 .625
1988 St. Thomas 33-16-1 .670
St. Thomas Totals 179-121-1 .596 -
1989 Air Force 27-27 .500 13-13 .500 5th
1990 Air Force 26-34 .443 7-21 .250 7th
1991 Air Force 22-27 .449 1-20 .048 8th
1992 Air Force 23-24 .489 5-20 .200 7th
1993 Air Force 28-22 .560 5-16 .238 10th
1994 Air Force 26-24 .520 7-15 .318 10th
Air Force Totals 152-158-0 .490 38-105 .266 -
1995 Notre Dame 40-21 .656 11-4 .733 2nd
1996 Notre Dame 44-18 .710 13-7 .650 6th
1997 Notre Dame 41-19 .683 15-6 .714 3rd
1998 Notre Dame 41-17 .707 15-4 .789 2nd
1999 Notre Dame 43-18 .705 20-5 .800 1st
2000 Notre Dame 46-18 .719 18-7 .720 2nd
2001 Notre Dame 49-13-1 .786 22-4 .846 1st
2002 Notre Dame 50-18 .735 18-8 .692 1st
2003 Notre Dame 45-18 .714 16-7 .696 3rd
2004 Notre Dame 51-12 .809 20-6 .769 1st
2005 Notre Dame 38-24-1 .611 14-9-1 .604 3rd
2006 Notre Dame 45-17-1 .722 14-9-1 .604 3rd
Notre Dame Totals 533-213-3 .714 196-76-2 .719 -
2007 LSU 29-26-1 .527 12-17-1 .417 10th
2008 LSU 49-19-1 .717 18-11-1 .617 2nd
2009 LSU 56-17 .767 20-10 .667 1st
LSU Totals 134-62-2 .682 50-38-2 .567 -
Division I Totals 819-433-5 .654 284-219-4 .570 -
Overall Totals 998-554-6 .642 -

NCAA Tournament Coaching Record

Year School Record Winning % Notes
1996 Notre Dame 1-2 .333 Eliminated by Virginia in South I Regional
1999 Notre Dame 1-2 .333 Eliminated by Michigan in South Bend Regional
2000 Notre Dame 3-2 .600 Eliminated by Mississippi St. in Starkville Regional Finals
2001 Notre Dame 3-2 .600 Eliminated by Florida International in South Bend Regional Finals
2002 Notre Dame 5-3 .625 Won South Bend Regional & Tallahassee Super Regional
College World Series (7th Place)
2003 Notre Dame 2-2 .500 Eliminated by Cal St. Fullerton in Fullerton Regional Finals
2004 Notre Dame 2-2 .500 Eliminated by Arizona in South Bend Regional Finals
2005 Notre Dame 2-2 .500 Eliminated by Florida in Gainesville Regional Finals
2006 Notre Dame 0-2 .000 Eliminated by Kentucky in Lexington Regional
2008 LSU 6-3 .667 Won Baton Rouge Regional & Super Regional
College World Series (5th Place)
2009 LSU 10-1 .909 Won Baton Rouge Regional & Super Regional
College World Series Champions
Totals 35-23 .603 11 Reigionals (Won 3)
3 Super Regionals (Won 3)
3 College World Series (1 Championship)

References

Preceded by
Raymond "Smoke" Laval
Louisiana State University Head Baseball Coach
2007-
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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