Jan. 30, 2013
Former Air Force baseball head coach Paul Mainieri has earned college baseball's highest honor, as he has been selected for induction into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Mainieri is currently the head baseball coach at LSU.
Mainieri, who has a 1,122-614-7 record in 30 seasons of collegiate coaching, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on January 3, 2014 at the annual ABCA convention in Dallas. He is No. 10 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.
Mainieri coached at Air Force from 1989-94. His 152 wins are the second-most in AFA history. Mainieri is the only coach in school history to win 20 or more games in six consecutive seasons. The Miami, Fla, native posted a 12-4 mark in service academy games. He coached three of AFA's eight All-Americans, two of the eight freshman All-Americans and 12 of AFA's 42 all-conference players. In 1989, he led the Falcons to their best conference record (13-13) in AFA history.
In 1993 and 1994, he led the Falcons to consecutive winning seasons for the first time in 15 years. Mainieri's teams consistently ranked among the nation's top hitting teams. In 1994, the Falcons led the nation in batting average, triples per game and slugging percentage.
Mainieri will join the Hall of Famer, his father, Demie Mainieri, who coached Miami-Dade North Community College to 1,012 wins and a national title in his 30-year career. Demie and Paul Mainieri will be the only father-son combination in the ABCA Hall of Fame.
In six seasons at LSU, Mainieri has guided the Tigers to two College World Series appearances, winning the national championship in 2009. He has also directed LSU to three NCAA Regional titles, two Southeastern Conference championships, three SEC Tournament titles and three SEC Western Division crowns.
Mainieri has a 258-122-2 mark at LSU, and he is the second-winningest coach in Fighting Tiger annals, trailing only Skip Bertman, who was 870-330-3 in 18 seasons (1984-2001).
Mainieri reached a coaching milestone on the second playing date of the 2010 season, as he earned his 1,000th career victory when LSU defeated Centenary, 25-8, on February 20 in Alex Box Stadium.
Mainieri will be joined by six other inductees in 2014, including two other active coaches - Jack Leggett of Clemson and Pete Dunn of Stetson. There are only four other active coaches in the ABCA Hall of Fame - Mike Martin of Florida State, Mark Marquess of Stanford, Mike Gillespie of UC Irvine and John Anderson of Minnesota.