August 29, 1957 |
Morgantown, West Virginia
Miami-Dade North CC
Niagara Falls Pirates
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|St. Thomas (FL)
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Big East: 1999, 2001, 2002, 2006
Big East Tournament: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
SEC: 2009, 2012
SEC Tournament: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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, Michigan State
- Cory Mee, Head Coach, Toledo
- Dave Schrage, Head Coach, South Dakota State
- Eric Campbell, General Manager, Team USA
- Al Avila, Assistant General Manager, Detroit Tigers
- 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
|St. Thomas (Sunshine State Conference) (1983–1988)|
|Air Force Falcons (Western Athletic Conference) (1989–1994)|
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Big East Conference) (1995–2006)|
|1996||Notre Dame||44–18||13–7||6th||NCAA Regional|
|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|
|LSU Tigers (Southeastern Conference) (2007–present)|
|2008||LSU||49–19–1||18–11–1||2nd (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|
|2012||LSU||47–18||19–11||1st (West)||NCAA Super Regional|
|2013||LSU||57–11||23–7||1st (West)||College World Series|
|LSU:||324–135–2 (.705)||119–89–2 (.571)|
|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
|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)
|Totals||45–29||.608||14 Regionals (Won 4)
5 Super Regionals (Won 4)
4 College World Series (1 Championship)
- Mainieri Elected to St. Thomas Hall of Fame
- "SEC Coaches Pick Baseball to Win League". June 26, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06—26.
- "Collegiate Baseball names Mainieri 2009 Coach of the Year". June 26, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06—26.
- "Mainieri named 'Baseball America' Coach of the Year". June 30, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06—30.
- "Mainieri Named National Coach of the Year by Rivals". July 6, 2009. Retrieved July 6, 2009.
- MSU baseball coach leaving for LSU job
- LSU profile
- Notre Dame profile
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)