BATON ROUGE, La. – 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 concluded the first day of the annual LBCA convention, which continues Saturday at Rock’n’Bowl in Lafayette.
Among the other members of the 2022 LBCA Hall of Fame induction class are former Southern University coach Roger Cador, former Tulane coach Joe Brockhoff, former Catholic-Baton Rouge High School coach and LSU player Mel Didier, and former University 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, for whom Mainieri played in 1978 and 1979.
Mainieri, who retired as coach of the Tigers at the end of the 2021 season, completed his 39-season career with a record 1,505-777-8, including a record 641-285-3 in 15 seasons with LSU. At the time of his retirement, he was the NCAA Division I leader in career wins under active coaches.
LSU won a remarkable 31 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 SEC Western Division crowns.
Mainieri completed his all-time No. 7 career among NCAA Baseball Division I coaches in wins, and he is one of only five coaches in NCAA Division I Baseball history to take 1,500 wins and a national championship.
Mainieri has the third-highest win rate in SEC history, behind only Bertman, who was 870-330-3 (.724) with LSU from 1984-2001, and former South Carolina coach Ray Tanner, who was a 738- 316 (.700) brand from 1997-2012.
Under Mainieri, the Tigers earned an NCAA Tournament Top 8 National 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-best mark in the country in the past 13 full seasons.
Mainieri’s LSU players have earned First-Team All-America recognition 13 times, and 21 of his former Tigers have played Major League Baseball, including MLB All-Stars DJ LeMahieu, Alex Bregman, Aaron Nola and Kevin Gausman. LSU players have been selected 90 times in the MLB Draft during Mainieri’s tenure, including a first-round selection in seven of the past 13 seasons.
He was the head coach of the United States Collegiate National Team for the 2018 summer tour and led Team USA to a 12-3 record with series wins over Chinese Taipei, Japan and Cuba.
His genuine dedication to everyday excellence was recognized in 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, was inducted into the Hall of Fame with his father, Demie Mainieri, who coached Miami-Dade North Community College to 1,012 wins and a National title in his 30-year career. Demie and Paul Mainieri are the only father-son combination in the ABCA Hall of Fame.
Mainieri’s emphasis on academic achievement was exemplified by the Tigers’ achievements in the classroom, as 103 LSU baseball players graduated during his tenure. Twenty-five of the graduates were players who signed professional contracts before earning college admission and returned to LSU to complete their degree requirements.
Mainieri’s LSU players have received SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition 151 times in the past 14 seasons.