Leon Landry, who helped lead LSU to the 2009 College World Series title, will work in 2018 as the Tigers’ undergraduate assistant coach as he pursues an LSU degree.
Landry, a Baton Rouge native, started 162 games as an outfielder at LSU from 2008-10, and he was the third-round selection of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2010 MLB Draft. He played for eight seasons in the Dodgers, Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds organizations before retiring from professional baseball and returning to LSU to earn his degree.
Landry is the seventh former LSU player to become an undergraduate assistant coach under Paul Mainieri. The others are infielder Buzzy Haydel, outfielder/first baseman Blake Dean, outfielder Alex Edward, infielder Christian Ibarra, pitcher Brent Bonvillian and catcher/first baseman Sean Ochinko.
Landry hit .300 during LSU’s 2009 national championship season with 10 doubles, 12 homers, 41 RBI, 38 runs and nine steals. He tied the LSU single-game record with three home runs at Mississippi State on May 16 of that year.
Landry batted .338 (81-for-240) in 2010 with 12 doubles, six triples, six homers, 45 RBI and 16 stolen bases. He was named to the NCAA Los Angeles Regional All-Tournament team after hitting .462 (6-for-13) in three games with two doubles and two runs scored.
Originally drafted in the 36th round by the Cincinnati Reds in 2007 as a Baker High School senior, Landry elected to enroll at LSU and made an immediate impact in his freshman year as the Tigers advanced to the 2008 College World Series. He had five doubles, three homers, 11 RBI, three steals and 20 runs during LSU’s SEC-record 23-game win streak from April 22-June 1 of the ’08 season.