Paul Mainieri
Paul Mainieri
Organization: Louisiana State University
Year: 2014 Inductee

In 2014, Paul Mainieri, a four-time National Coach of the Year, joined his father, Demie Mainieri, who coached Miami-Dade North Community College to 1,012 wins and a national title, in the ABCA Hall of Fame. With his induction, Demie and Paul became the only father-son combination in the ABCA Hall of Fame.

Going into the 2016 season, Mainieri has a 1,279-653-8 record in 33 seasons of collegiate coaching at St. Thomas University (1984-88), Air Force (1989-94), Notre Dame (1995-2006) and LSU (2007-present). Entering the season, he ranks 8th on the career wins list for active NCAA coaches, and he is one of only six active coaches to have won 1,000 games and an NCAA national championship.

In nine seasons at LSU, Mainieri has guided the Tigers to four College World Series appearances, winning the national championship in 2009. He has also directed LSU to five NCAA Regional titles, three Southeastern Conference championships, five SEC Tournament titles and five SEC Western Division crowns.

Through the 2015 season, Mainieri has a 415-161-3 mark at LSU, and he is the second-winningest coach in Fighting Tiger annals, trailing only Bertman, who was 870-330-3 in his 18 seasons from 1984-2001.

Eleven of Mainieri's LSU players have already reached the Major Leagues, including pitcher Louis Coleman (Royals), infielder DJ LeMahieu (Cubs/Rockies), pitcher Charlie Furbush (Tigers/Mariners), pitcher Ryan Verdugo (Royals), pitcher Kevin Gausman (Orioles), pitcher Anthony Ranaudo (Red Sox) infielder Matt Clark (Brewers), outfielder Mikie Mahtook (Rays), pitcher Nick Rumbelow (Yankees), pitcher Nick Goody (Yankees) and pitcher Aaron Nola (Phillies).

Mainieri's commitment to academic excellence has been illustrated by the Tigers' performance in the classroom as 92 LSU players have received SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition over the past nine seasons.

Mainieri is personally involved in several philanthropic causes, including Cancer Services of Baton Rouge, the ALS Association, the Baton Rouge Children's Advocacy Center, Prostate Cancer Awareness and the Kelli Leigh Richmond Ovarian Cancer Foundation.

Prior to coming to LSU, Mainieri established an unparalleled standard of excellence during his tenure at Notre Dame (1995-2006), leading his teams to 11 40-win seasons, nine conference titles, nine NCAA Regional appearances and a berth in the 2002 College World Series, marking the school's first CWS trip since 1957.

Mainieri led to Notre Dame to an NCAA Regional in every season from 1999-2006, making the Irish one of 10 teams to appear in every NCAA Tournament in that eight-year span – the others were Miami, Texas, Rice, Cal State Fullerton, Florida State, Stanford, Clemson, Tulane and Oral Roberts. Notre Dame also joined six other schools (LSU, Miami, Rice, South Carolina, Stanford and Texas) as the only programs to reach an NCAA Regional final every season from 2000-05.

Sixty of Mainieri's Notre Dame players were drafted or signed free-agent contracts, and 19 were selected in the first 10 rounds of the Major League draft. His Irish players also combined for 14 All-America and 10 Academic All-America seasons.

Mainieri's Notre Dame teams combined for a 100-percent graduation rate (71 of 71) among players who completed their eligibility. Twelve players who signed professionally after their junior year returned to Notre Dame to complete their degree requirements.

Notre Dame was the only Division I baseball program to produce Academic All-Americans each year from 2000-04, with two honored every season from 2000-03. The 2006 squad combined for an impressive 3.28 team GPA during the spring semester.

In 12 seasons of Big East Conference play, the Irish won more league games (192-67-2, .740) than any other team in the conference. Mainieri owns the top career Big East winning percentage (.740) in the history of the league and four of his teams posted 20-plus wins in Big East play.

Mainieri was voted in 2005 to the position of the ABCA's chair of the Division I Baseball Coaches – which he held for three years. He was also a member of the ABCA executive committee.

Mainieri served on the NCAA Division I Baseball Issues Committee, and he was a member of the NCAA Academic Enhancement Working Group.

A former Chicago White Sox farmhand, Mainieri was the first civilian baseball coach at Air Force and averaged 26 wins in six seasons (1989-'94) for a program that averaged just 15 wins in the six previous years. He is the only Air Force baseball coach to post six straight 20-win seasons and his 1994 squad led the nation in hitting (.360), slugging (.623) and triples (0.76 per game).

Mainieri guided the 1993 Air Force team to its first winning season in nearly a decade (28-22), with a school-record 21 wins at home. He coached three All-Americans, two Freshman All-Americans and two Academic All-Americans with the Falcons.

Mainieri coached six seasons at St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla. Four of Mainieri's teams at St. Thomas were ranked in the NCAA Division II Top 10 during the season. The 1984 Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year saw his St. Thomas teams average 30 wins per season (after an average of just 18 wins in the six previous years). St. Thomas named its new baseball facility in Mainieri's honor in March 2013.

Fifteen of Mainieri's St. Thomas players entered pro baseball, with Joe Klink, Dane Johnson and Dan Rohrmeier each going on to appear on Major League rosters. Klink played with the 1987 Minnesota Twins and 1989 Oakland A's World Series championship teams while also pitching with the Florida Marlins in 1994.

Mainieri's coaching career began at his alma mater, Columbus High School in Miami, where he served as assistant baseball and football coach for three years before taking over at St. Thomas in the fall of 1982. He also spent the final three years at St. Thomas as director of athletics.

Mainieri was inducted into the Columbus High School Sports Hall of Fame in October 2009.

A four-year letterwinner in college, Mainieri played one season at LSU, one season for his father, legendary JUCO coach Demie Mainieri, at Miami-Dade North Community College, and two seasons at the University of New Orleans. The second baseman helped the Privateers win two Sun Belt Conference titles and advance to the 1979 NCAA Tournament during his senior season.

After completing his undergraduate degree requirements at Florida International (1980), Mainieri played two minor-league seasons before earning a master's in sports administration from St. Thomas in 1982.