BY: STEVE SCHNEIDER, WAFB 9SPORTS, SPORTS DIRECTOR
JAMES VERRETT, 9SPORTS
Sources close to the LSU baseball program tell WAFB 9 SPORTS Athletic Director Skip Bertman has chosen Smoke Laval's successor.
Former LSU baseball player Paul Mainieri will be named LSU's new head baseball coach at a Wednesday news conference, set for noon, sources say.
Mainieri has won 533 games in 12 seasons at Notre Dame, and gave the Irish their first college world series trip in 45 years, when his team beat top-ranked Florida State in 2002 to advance to Omaha.
Mainieri, who was a Tiger in 1976, also played two seasons at UNO and his wife, Karen, is a Louisiana native.
Bertman is also familiar with the 48-year-old Mainieri because Mainieri is a Miami native, whose father was a high school coach while Bertman was also a prep coach and later an assistant coach for the Miami Hurricanes.
WAFB 9SPORTS has also learned former LSU baseball infielder Blair Barbier will join Mainieri's staff as an assistant coach. It is unclear what role Barbier will have on the staff.
Barbier, currently an assistant baseball coach at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, was a member of two national championship baseball teams with the Tigers.
Former LSU baseball coach Smoke Laval resigned from the university earlier this month.
The following information is courtesy of the university of Notre dame and reflects mainieri's career at that university:
The Paul Mainieri File (updated to include 2006 season)