June 16, 2016
“I’m extremely pleased that Paul Mainieri is the baseball coach at LSU,” Alleva said. “He has established a consistent record of excellence in all facets of our program, and I’m confident that the Tigers will continue to contend for national championships during his tenure.
“In addition to their accomplishments on the field, our players are actively involved in community service projects, and the team regularly delivers strong academic performances. Coach Mainieri has embraced the high standards inherent in our baseball program, and I look forward to its future under his leadership.”
Mainieri, who just completed his 10th season at LSU, is No. 5 in wins among active NCAA Division I coaches with 1,324 wins in 34 seasons. He is also one of only seven coaches in NCAA history to win 1,300 games and a national championship.
Mainieri directed LSU to the 2009 College World Series title, and he has also guided the Tigers to CWS appearances in 2008, 2013 and 2015. He was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2014, and he was named National Coach of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2015.
“LSU is home to the Mainieri family, and it’s my intention to keep it that way for a long time,” Mainieri said. “Our first 10 years here have been a remarkable experience, and I’m very grateful to all Tiger fans for their tremendous support. Preparation for the 2017 season starts right now, and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone in Alex Box Stadium in February.”
Under Mainieri, the Tigers have won five SEC Tournament titles (2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014), five SEC Western Division titles (2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015) and the 2009, 2012 and 2015 SEC regular-season championships.
This season, Mainieri led LSU to its fifth straight NCAA Tournament National Seed, as LSU became only the second team in NCAA history to earn five consecutive National Seeds. LSU and Florida are also the only schools in the country to earn seven National Seeds in the past nine seasons.