Paul Mainieri

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Paul Mainieri
Sport(s) Baseball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team LSU
Conference SEC
Record 315–133–2(.702)
Biographical details
Born (1957-08-29) August 29, 1957 (age 57)
Morgantown, West Virginia
Playing career
1976
1977
1978–1979
1979
LSU
Miami-Dade North CC
UNO
Niagara Falls Pirates
Position(s) Second base
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1983–1988
1989–1994
1995–2006
2007–present
St. Thomas (FL)
Air Force
Notre Dame
LSU
Head coaching record
Overall 1179–625–7 (.654)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
NCAA: 2009
Big East: 1999, 2001, 2002, 2006
Big East Tournament: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
SEC: 2009, 2012
SEC Tournament: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014
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
Big East Coach of the Year: 2001

Paul Mainieri (born August 29, 1957) is the head coach of the LSU Tigers 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. Mainieri coached LSU to the 2009 College World Series championship.

Playing career[edit]

Mainieri graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, Florida. He 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[edit]

St. Thomas[edit]

Mainieri began his coaching career in Florida as the head coach of St. Thomas University in 1983. In six seasons, his team went 179–121–2, and Mainieri became the winningest coach in St. Thomas History. His No. 1 jersey was retired by the university in February 2012. In 2013, the new field at St. Thomas University was named in his honor. The Bobcats' new field is called Paul Demie Mainieri Field at Frank R. Esposito Stadium. Paul Mainieri asked the university to include his middle name, Demie, in the naming of the field because it is the same name as his father's first name. Both Mainieris have deep roots with St. Thomas, and recently became the first father-son duo to be elected to the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

St. Thomas Hall of Fame[edit]

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, Manny Mantrana, Laura Courtley-Todd and John Batule.[1]

Air Force[edit]

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[edit]

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. He won the 2001 Big East Coach of the Year award. In total, Mainieri posted a .714 winning percentage going 533–213–3 in twelve seasons.

LSU[edit]

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 and moved on to claim the 2008 SEC Tournament Championship. Under Mainieri's leadership, the team swept the Baton Rouge Regional bracket of the NCAA baseball post-season and won their first Super-Regional since 2004UC 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 No. 1 team in some national polls.[2] 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 No. 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.[3][4][5]

The 2009 title was the sixth in LSU baseball history, tying Texas 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[edit]

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[edit]

Former players[edit]

  • 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, Head Coach, Air Force
  • J.J. Brock, Assistant Coach, Georgetown

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
St. Thomas (Sunshine State Conference) (1983–1988)
1983 St. Thomas 19–25–1
1984 St. Thomas 37–14
1985 St. Thomas 32–21
1986 St. Thomas 23–24
1987 St. Thomas 35–21
1988 St. Thomas 33–16-1
St. Thomas: 179–121–2
Air Force Falcons (Western Athletic Conference) (1989–1994)
1989 Air Force 27–27 13–13 5th
1990 Air Force 26–34 7–21 7th
1991 Air Force 22–27 1–20 8th
1992 Air Force 23–24 5–20 7th
1993 Air Force 28–22 5–16 10th
1994 Air Force 26–24 7–15 10th
Air Force: 152–158 38–105
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Big East Conference) (1995–2006)
1995 Notre Dame 40–21 11–4 2nd
1996 Notre Dame 44–18 13–7 6th NCAA Regional
1997 Notre Dame 41–19 15–6 3rd
1998 Notre Dame 41–17 15–4 2nd
1999 Notre Dame 43–18 20–5 1st NCAA Regional
2000 Notre Dame 46–18 18–7 2nd NCAA Regional
2001 Notre Dame 49–13–1 22–4 1st NCAA Regional
2002 Notre Dame 50–18 18–8 1st College World Series
2003 Notre Dame 45–18 16–7 3rd NCAA Regional
2004 Notre Dame 51–12 20–6 1st NCAA Regional
2005 Notre Dame 38–24–1 14–9–1 3rd NCAA Regional
2006 Notre Dame 45–17–1 14–9–1 3rd NCAA Regional
Notre Dame: 533–213–3 196–76–2
LSU Tigers (Southeastern Conference) (2007–present)
2007 LSU 29–26–1 12–17–1 5th (West)
2008 LSU 49–19–1 18–11–1 1st (West) College World Series
2009 LSU 56–17 20–10 1st (West) College World Series Champions
2010 LSU 41–22 14–16 5th (West) NCAA Regional
2011 LSU 36–20 13–17 T–5th (West)
2012 LSU 47–18 19–11 1st (West) NCAA Super Regional
2013 LSU 57–11 23–7 1st (West) College World Series
2014 LSU 46–16–1 17–11–1 2nd (West) NCAA Regional
LSU: 360–149–3 (.706) 136–100–3 (.575)
Total: 1224–641–8 (.656)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

NCAA tournament[edit]

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 (5th 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
2010 LSU 1–2 .333 Eliminated by UC Irvine in Los Angeles Regional
2012 LSU 4–2 .667 Won Baton Rouge Regional. Eliminated by Stony Brook in Baton Rouge Super Regional
2013 LSU 5–2 .714 Won Baton Rouge Regional & Super Regional
College World Series (7th Place)
2014 LSU 2–2 .500 Eliminated by University of Houston in Baton Rouge Regional
Totals 47–31 .600 15 Regionals (Won 4)
5 Super Regionals (Won 4)
4 College World Series (1 Championship)

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