OMAHA (NCBWA) – Highly successful head coach
Paul Mainieri of LSU was tabbed as the
2015 National College Baseball Writers Association Coach of the
Year by the organization at a national media conference
on Saturday, June 13, at TD Ameritrade Park. Mianieri is the eighth
recipient of the annual award that is voted upon by the NCBWA Board
"Congratulations to Coach Mainieri on his first NCBWA National
Coach of the Year award," said NCBWA Executive Director Bo Carter.
"He has continued the nationally competitive tradition of LSU Baseball
and is much deserving of this award."
Mainieri has directed LSU to a 53-10 record this season and a
berth in the College World Series. The Tigers also captured the
SEC regular-season championship and have been ranked No. 1 in the
nation for 10 consecutive weeks. LSU arrives in Omaha having gone
undefeated in NCAA Regional and Super Regional action.
The LSU squad features five first-team All-SEC players, and four
Tigers have earned All-America recognition. Eight LSU players were
selected in the 2015 MLB Draft conducted this week.
Mainieri was named the SEC Coach of the Year for the second time
in his career after leading LSU to its league-best 16th SEC regular-season
championship. It was the third title during his nine-season tenure.
LSU also won the SEC Western Division title for the 18th time in
school history and for the fifth time under Mainieri.
Over the past four seasons, LSU has won a nation's-best 203 games,
and the Tigers are the only team in the country to earn a National
Seed in each of the last four NCAA Tournaments.
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ALL-TIME NCBWA COACHES OF THE YEAR
Paul Mainieri, LSU
2014: Mike Gillespie, UC Irvine
2012: Matt Senk, Stony Brook
2011: David Esquer,
2010: Jim Schlossnagle, TCU
2009: Brian O'Connor,
2008: Mike Batesole Fresno State
NCBWA Coach of the Year