Mainieri says he's sticking with LSU baseball
BATON ROUGE – Tigers baseball coach Paul Mainieri says he’s sticking with LSU.
“LSU is home for the Mainieri family, and it’s my intention to keep it that way for a long time,” Mainieri said in an announcement Thursday afternoon.
Mainieri’s announcement comes one day after rumors surfaced that the University of Texas was interested in acquiring LSU’s coach to replace Augie Garrido.
Mainieri just finished his 10th season at LSU. He is No. 5 in wins among active NCAA Division I coaches with 1,324 wins in 34 seasons. He is also one of only seven coaches in NCAA history to win 1,300 games and a national championship.
LSU Director of Athletics Joe Alleva stood by his coach.
“I’m extremely pleased that Paul Maineriei is the baseball coach at LSU,” Alleva said. “He has established a consistent record of excellence in all facets of our program, and I’m confident that the Tigers will continue to contend for national championships during his tenure.”
So far, Florida’s Kevin O’Conner and TCU’s Jim Schlossnagle have been contacted, but Texas had no luck with luring each of those coaches away from their respective schools.
Coach Mainieri came to the Tigers by way of Notre Dame at the end of the 2006 season. Coincidentally, LSU’s only national championship during Mainieri’s reign came in 2009 against Texas.
Mainieri’s salary at LSU is $750,000 per year.