Alex Box Stadium's field named for Skip Bertman
BATON ROUGE - The LSU Board of Supervisors has approved a proposal from the school athletic department to name Alex Box Stadium's baseball field after legendary coach Skip Bertman.
The field will be called "Skip Bertman Field", while "Alex Box Stadium" will keep its name.
The Athletic Department plans to dedicate the field on the final weekend of the 2013 regular season, when the Tigers play Ole Miss, in conjunction with a 20-year reunion of Bertman's 1993 national championship team.
In his 18 seasons as head coach at LSU (1983-2001), Bertman led the Tigers to five National Championships (1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000) and seven Southeastern Conference Championships. He finished his career with a total record of 870-330-3.
Bertman also took LSU to 11 College World Series appearances and 16 NCAA Tournament appearances. He was named National Coach of the Year six times (1986, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000) and SEC Coach of the Year seven times (1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997).
He represented LSU on the international stage as well, serving as assistant coach on several USA national teams and the 1988 US Olympic Gold Medal Team, and was head coach of the 1996 US Olympic Team in Atlanta that won the Bronze Medal.
Bertman also served as Director of Athletics at LSU from 2001-08, directing one of the greatest periods of facility growth and athletic accomplishments in the history of the institution.
Bertman is a member of the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame, the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bertman's No. 15 jersey was retired at LSU.