LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri, who is number 1 among active coaches when it comes to career victories, wants to retire at the end of the season.
Mainieri, 63, announced the announcement on Friday, signaling the end of a 15-year run at LSU that included the 2009 national championship and five college World Series appearances.
In 2013, Mainieri was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the American Baseball Coaches Association.
He will continue to coach LSU during the NCAA tournament should the Tigers be selected.
The LSU was banned from the SEC tournament on Tuesday and dropped to 34-22 that season.
In a statement, LSU Sports Director Scott Woodward praised Mainieri’s influence on university and college baseball.
Twenty of his former players have made it to the major league, including all-stars Alex Bregman, DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Nola.
Prior to arriving at Baton Rouge in 2007, Mainieri spent six seasons with St. Thomas (1983-88), six seasons with the Air Force (1989-94), and 12 seasons with Notre Dame (1995-2006). His career record is 1,501-774-8.
“I was the happiest man in the world who lived a childhood dream of becoming a college baseball coach,” Mainieri said in a statement. “I’ve worked at four wonderful institutions and it was the honor of my life to have served as head coach at LSU for 15 years. Having carried the torch of a program developed by Skip Bertman, the greatest college baseball coach in the world, it has always been my steadfast goal to maintain the excellence that I have created here.
“I have been blessed throughout my career to coach incredible young men with great characters and skills, and to have worked with talented and dedicated assistant coaches, supervisors and administrators. It is very difficult to leave a job I really love, but I am so grateful for the great opportunities that have been presented to me over the years. “