Arizona’s Jay Johnson named new LSU head baseball coach
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The LSU Tigers have finally found the successor for Hall of Fame coach Paul Mainieri, who announced his retirement early back in May after 15 seasons in Baton Rouge.
LSU has officially announced they have hired Arizona head coach Jay Johnson as the university’s next baseball coach.
Johnson will be introduced at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field on Monday, June 28, at a press conference at 4:30 p.m. in the Champions Club.
Johnson has spent the last six seasons with the Wildcats, going 208-114 and recently made the College World Series for the second time in his tenure with Arizona. The Wildcats won the regular-season Pac-12 Title going 21-9.
“I am humbled and honored to be the head baseball coach at LSU and serve as the steward of the next generation of national champions,” Johnson said. “LSU is a phenomenal University and athletics department, and I am very thankful to
Scott Woodward and Stephanie Rempe for entrusting me to lead this storied program into its next winning chapter. I view this as the opportunity of my lifetime and will do everything in my power to have our team playing a brand of baseball that makes everyone at LSU, the Baton Rouge community, and the entire state of Louisiana incredibly proud. Geaux Tigers!
In his first season with the Wildcats, he directed Arizona to a 49-24 record in his first season at the school and an appearance in the College World Series Finals. Johnson became the first coach in Arizona history to earn an NCAA Tournament appearance in each of his first two seasons.
Arizona was one of the best hitting teams in the nation this past season as the Wildcats ranked No. 4 in the nation in team batting average hitting .325. They led the nation in doubles with 145, hits with 737, and triples with 30. They ranked No. 32 in the nation in home runs with 70.
The Wildcats ranked No. 7 in the nation in runs per game with 8.5 and walks with 319.
Prior to Arizona, Johnson was the head coach at Nevada and during his two seasons helped guide the Wolf Pack to a 72-42 record.
In 2015, Nevada posted a 41-15 record and won the school’s first-ever Mountain West Title with a 22-6 record. The 41 overall wins ranked second in program history.
The Wolf Pack were ranked in the Top 25 for much of the season and totaled a 13-1 record in series of at least three games.
LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward has had the tough task recently in replacing two head coaches and helping return to prominence in the Southeastern Conference.
Back in April, Woodward hired Hall of Famer Kim Mulkey to take over the LSU women’s basketball program.
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