Canevari Named Head Coach at SLU
Courtesy of Southeastern Louisiana Univ. Sports Information
HAMMOND, La. — Dan Canevari, who spent the past 12 years as assistant baseball coach at LSU and helped lead the Tigers to five NCAA Championships under legendary coach Skip Bertman, was officially introduced Tuesday as the new head coach at Southeastern Louisiana University.
The hiring of Canevari, 44, is subject to approval from the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System. Canevari succeeds Greg Marten, the school’s winningest coach, who retired in June after 12 seasons.
“We are pleased to have an individual like Dan Canevari joining Southeastern’s staff as our new baseball coach,” Southeastern President Randy Moffett said. “Dan brings 20 years of collegiate coaching experience to the job. He has played and coached in winning programs and served under one of the nation’s best collegiate baseball coaches.
“Dan’s extensive knowledge of Louisiana baseball talent and his recruitment expertise were certainly factors in making this selection.”
A former pitcher at the University of Miami (Fla.) for another legendary coach, Ron Fraser, Canevari has been a part of six NCAA championships, including five at LSU (1991, ’93, ’96, ’97, ’00) and one at Miami (1982).
Canevari has been the Tigers’ pitching coach since the 1998 season after serving the previous four years as administrative assistant. During that span, LSU won 40 or more games each season, finished in the top-15 in the national rankings and is one of six teams to appear in the Super Regionals each season since the format was introduced in 1999.
“We are thrilled to have Dan Canevari as our new head baseball coach,” Southeastern Director of Athletics Frank Pergolizzi said. “Dan will bring tremendous enthusiasm and experience to Southeastern baseball and we are confident in his ability to lead our program to the top of the Southland Conference.”
In his 12-year tenure at LSU, Canevari mentored some of the best pitchers in LSU history, including six major-leaguers (Chad Ogea, Paul Byrd, Rick Greene, Mike Sirotka, Randy Keisler and Kurt Ainsworth) and a National Freshman of the Year (Lane Mestepey). His 1998 pitching staff posted the best ERA (4.39) in the Southeastern Conference, and his 2000 staff helped LSU to the national championship with a 3.44 ERA in the Tigers’ nine NCAA Tournament games. Last season in a 44-22 campaign, Canevari’s pitching staff again led the SEC with a 3.43 ERA paced by Mestepey’s league-leading 2.59.
Canevari, a native of Millerton, N.Y., spent three seasons as head coach at Coral Gables (Fla.) High School before joining Bertman’s staff as a graduate assistant coach. He served in that capacity until August of 1993 when he was elevated to full-time assistant.
“I’m really excited to come to Hammond and be a part of the Southeastern community,” Canevari said. “Southeastern is in a great location, Hammond is a great city and the people here are friendly. It’s a great opportunity to build a great baseball program here at Southeastern.”
Canevari worked as a graduate assistant coach at Miami from 1981-83 before being named an assistant coach at Southwest Miami High School in 1984. He was promoted to head coach in 1985 and his team established a school-record for wins with a 25-7 record.
Canevari spent two more years at Southwest Miami before moving to Coral Gables High in 1986. He coached former LSU All-American Rick Greene at Coral Gables and led his team to a 21-7 record in 1990, setting a school record for single-season victories.
Canevari, who pitched for the Hurricanes from 1977-79 under the tutelage of Bertman, earned his bachelor’s degree in 1980 and his master’s degree in 1983 from Miami.
He is married to the former Cortney Bilotti and he has three daughters (Tiffany, Barrett and Avery) and a son (Nicholas).