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Mainieri finalist for Skip Bertman award

paul-mainieriLSU head coach Paul Mainieri says he is excitedi to be one of the five finalists for an award named for his mentor.

Mainieri is a finalist for the first ever Skip Bertman award. The award is presented by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame to the college baseball coach of the year.

Bertman led LSU to 5 national titles in a span of 10 seasons at LSU. He retired after the 2001 season as baseball coach and became the school’s director of athletics.

“Quite frankly I was really honored when I heard it was named after Skip, who is one of my mentors and brought me here to LSU,” said Mainieri. “In the end if they decide I am worthy of the award, it will be a neat thing, the first one ever.”

The other finalists are Scott Brosius of Division III Linfield College, Mike Dickson of NJCAA Division III Glouchester County College, Patrick McCarthy of NAIA Faulkner University, and Tracy Smith of Indiana.

The Hoosiers played Louisville Saturday night in the College World Series.