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DBU’s Dan Fitzgerald joins Jay Johnson at LSU

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Published: Jul. 7, 2021 at 5:07 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - LSU baseball is continuing to build their coaching staff under new head baseball coach Jay Johnson. The Tigers have hired Dan Fitzgerald from Dallas Baptist University, LSU and coach Johnson announced on Friday, July 9.

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“I am incredibly excited to hire Dan Fitzgerald as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for LSU Baseball,” Johnson said. “Simply put, Dan is one of the top assistant coaches in the country, and he will have a huge impact on our program for years to come. Dan is one of the elite recruiters in the country, and his ability to find and evaluate elite talent will serve future Tiger teams very well.”

Fitzgerald has spent the last nine seasons at DBU as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. He is regarded as one of the top recruiters in the country and Baseball America rated Fitzgerald as the No. 7 assistant coach in the nation in 2018. D1 Baseball rated him No. 17 in the country as recruiter in 2016.

In his nine year career at DBU the Patriots have had a league-high 58 players that were recruited by Fitzgerald on the Missouri Valley All-Conference Team. The Patriots have had seven players earn All-American honors under Fitzgerald and Freshman All-Americans as well.

30 of the players recruited by Fitzgerald have been drafted in the MLB Draft and among those 30 drafted 11 have been drafted in the top 10 rounds.

This past season DBU finished with a 41-13 record and reached the NCAA Super Regionals in Columbia, South Carolina. The Patriots won the Fort Worth Regional defeating Oregon State in a deciding elimination game.

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