Tigers Win: Paul Mainieri

by Cody Worsham | Digital Media Reporter
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Tigers Win: Paul Mainieri

No one in the game has more wins than Paul Mainieri.

LSU’s head baseball coach is nearing 1,600 for his career, so I couldn’t think of a better first guest for a podcast about winning than Coach Mainieri.

Even better is that he has as many stories as he does victories. On today’s show, we talk about milestones, mentors, leaving LSU to find out how good he was as a player, and coming back to find out how good he was as a coach. 

To view a full transcript of the episode, click here

Show outline:

  • Milestones [1:11]
  • The value of taking the long route [5:21]
  • Why he went into coaching [7:40]
  • The Humble Wall [9:44]
  • Mentors [12:45]
  • Why he left LSU after his freshman season [14:06]
  • Learning from failure [18:33]
  • Tough love [23:45]
  • Striving for perfection [25:40]
  • Success vs. Confidence [31:10]
  • Why he came back to LSU as a coach [36:05]
  • The Magic of LSU [39:00]
  • What success looks like in the future [42:25]

Paul Mainieri Bio

Mainieri has guided the Tigers to the 2009 College World Series national championship and five CWS appearances. During Mainieri’s tenure, LSU has captured a remarkable 30 team championships, including the 2009 NCAA title, eight NCAA Regional championships, five NCAA Super Regional championships, four Southeastern Conference championships, six SEC Tournament titles and six SEC Western Division crowns.

Mainieri has a 1,467-752-8 (.661) record in 38 seasons of collegiate coaching at St. Thomas University (1984-88), Air Force (1989-94), Notre Dame (1995-2006) and LSU (2007-present).

He is No. 1 on the career wins list for active NCAA coaches and No. 9 in all-time NCAA wins, and he is one of only six coaches in NCAA history to have won over 1,400 games and a national championship.

Mainieri is 603-260-3 (.698) at LSU, and he has the third-highest winning percentage in SEC history, trailing only former LSU coach Skip Bertman, who was 870-330-3 (.724) from 1984-2001, and former South Carolina coach Ray Tanner, who posted a 738-316 (.700) mark from 1997-2012.

Mainieri earned his 600th LSU win on March 6, 2020, when the Tigers defeated UMass Lowell in Alex Box Stadium. Mainieri became just the 12th coach in SEC history – and the second at LSU – to compile 600 wins at a league school.

Under Mainieri, the Tigers earned an NCAA Tournament National Seed in six consecutive seasons from 2012-17, making LSU and Stanford (1999-2004) the only schools in NCAA history to capture six straight National Seeds. Since 2008, LSU has earned nine NCAA Tournament National Seeds, the second-best mark in the country over the past 13 seasons.