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Paul Mainieri Announces Retirement

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After 39 years, 1,500 wins and a national championship, Paul Mainieri is calling it a career

2017 Division I Men’s College World Series - Game 1 Photo by Justin Tafoya/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

Paul Mainieri announced he will retire at the end of the baseball season.

Mainieri has been managing the LSU baseball team for 15 years and is the active leading head coaches in wins with 1,501. His coaching career has spanned 39 years and he is one of only five coaches to win 1,500 games and a national championship. He led LSU to a national championship in 2009, won four SEC championships, and six SEC Tournaments.

Mainieri met with his players and staff before the program made the announcement. A press conference will be held at 4:30 P.M. today inside the Champions Club.

Mainieri will continue to coach LSU should the Tigers qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The field of 64 will be announced on Monday.

“I have been the luckiest guy in the world to have lived out a childhood dream of becoming a college baseball coach,” Mainieri said in his statement. “I’ve worked at four wonderful institutions, and it’s been the honor of my life to have served as the head coach at LSU for 15 years. To have carried the torch of a program built by Skip Bertman, the greatest college baseball coach of all time, has been a tremendous privilege. It has always been my unwavering goal to sustain the excellence that was created here.”