LSU baseball coach gets contract extension

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri Show caption
Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri

The LSU Board of Supervisors on Friday approved a one-year extension of head baseball coach Paul Mainieri’s contract.

Mainieri, the second-winningest coach in school history, took the Tigers to the College World Series this year with a record number of wins in a season.

The contract change provides for Mainieri to stay at the helm of the Tigers baseball program until June 30, 2018.

Financial terms remain the same, which means Mainieri has a guaranteed $750,000 annual compensation.

The board ratified the contract change quickly and without discussion.

Mainieri can make up to another $235,000 in postseason incentives, depending on attainment of certain goals and another $50,000 tied to team members’ academic performance.

The coach also gets a $12,000 automobile allowance.

Mainieri’s team finished 57-11 this past season.

Under Mainieri, the Tigers won the College World Series in 2009.

Mainieri came to LSU in June 2006 from Notre Dame University.

He will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame — college baseball’s highest honor — in January.