LSU baseball assistant coach Sanchez retires from game
LSU baseball hitting coach and recruiting coordinator Javi Sanchez has left the game behind him to pursue a career outside of baseball according to a release from the school.
Sanchez spent seven season with the Tigers and was a part of three teams that made the trip to the College World Series, winning it once in 2009.
"My daily focus was always to uphold the championship tradition at LSU and to be a piece of his legacy, Sanchez said. "Our players have been a joy to recruit and work with throughout the years. They provided my existence as a coach, and I will always value the imprint they have left on my life personally and professionally."
According to the LSUsports.net release the 2014 LSU hitters under Sanchez's direction finished in the Top 5 in the SEC in 10 different offensive categories and struck out only 274 times, by far the fewest strikeouts by a league team. The Tigers were third in the conference in batting average, second in slugging percentage and third in RBI.
"On a personal basis," Mainieri said, "it is hard for me to say goodbye to a person with whom I have spent 11 years in baseball - four years while he played for me at Notre Dame and seven years as a very loyal assistant coach at LSU. Javi has tremendous management and people skills, and he has developed trustworthy relationships throughout the country. I'm certain he will enjoy great success in his future endeavors.
"I join everyone in the LSU community in wishing Javi, his wife Michelle, and their baby, Valentina, nothing but happiness and success going forward in his new ventures. We will always be grateful for his commitment to the LSU baseball program."