BATON ROUGE, La. â Former LSU coach Paul Mainieri was inducted into the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Friday night at the River Oaks Event Center in Lafayette, La.
The Hall of Fame ceremony capped the first day of the LBCA’s annual convention, which continues Saturday at the Rock’n’Bowl in Lafayette.
Other members of the 2022 LBCA Hall of Fame induction class include former Southern University coach Roger Cador, former Tulane coach Joe Brockhoff, former Catholic High School coach- Baton Rouge and LSU player Mel Didier, and former varsity high school coach and LSU player. Burke Broussard.
Mainieri joins the LBCA Hall of Fame, former LSU head coach Skip Bertman and former University of New Orleans coach Ron Maestri, who Mainieri played for in 1978 and 1979 .
Mainieri, who retired as Tigers coach at the end of the 2021 season, finished his 39-season career with a record of 1,505-777-8, including a 641-285-3 mark in 15 seasons at LSU. At the time of his retirement, he was the NCAA Division I leader in career wins among active coaches.
LSU won a remarkable 31 tag team championships during Mainieri’s tenure, including the 2009 College World Series national championship, nine NCAA regional championships, five NCAA super regional championships, four SEC regular season titles, six SEC tournament titles, and six crowns SEC Western Division.
Mainieri finished his career No. 7 all-time among NCAA Division I baseball coaches in wins, and he is one of only five coaches in NCAA Division I baseball history. the NCAA to 1,500 wins and a national championship.
Mainieri has the third-highest career winning percentage in SEC history, behind Bertman, who was 870-330-3 (.724) at LSU from 1984-2001, and the former South Carolina coach Ray Tanner, who posted a 738-316 (.700) mark from 1997 to 2012.
Under Mainieri, the Tigers earned a national Top 8 NCAA Tournament seed in six consecutive seasons (2012-17), making LSU and Stanford (1999-2004) the only schools in NCAA history to capture six consecutive Top 8 national seeds. Since 2008, LSU has earned nine NCAA Tournament national seeds, the second highest in the nation in the past 13 full seasons.
Mainieri’s LSU players have been recognized as first-team All-Americas 13 times, and 21 of his former Tigers have played in Major League Baseball, including DJ LeMahieu, Alex Bregman, Aaron Nola and Kevin Gausman. LSU players have been selected in the MLB Draft 90 times during Mainieri’s tenure, including a first-round selection in seven of the past 13 seasons.
He served as head coach of the United States collegiate national team for its 2018 summer tour, and he led the United States team to a 12-3 record that included series wins over Chinese Taipei, Japan and Cuba.
His sincere commitment to everyday excellence was recognized in a substantial way on January 3, 2014 in Dallas, when he was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Mainieri, a four-time national coach of the year, joined in the Hall of Fame his father, Demie Mainieri, who coached Miami-Dade North Community College to 1,012 wins and a national title during his 30-year career. . Demie and Paul Mainieri are the only father-son combination in the ABCA Hall of Fame.
Mainieri’s focus on academic achievement was exemplified by the Tigers’ performance in the classroom, as 103 LSU baseball players graduated during his tenure. Twenty-five of the graduates were players who signed professional contracts before completing college eligibility and returned to LSU to complete their education.
Mainieri’s LSU players have received SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition 151 times over the past 14 seasons.