Chaston Tavares West Central Sports (KVVP/KROK/KUMX) - Since May 28,2021, all eyes have been on the LSU Tigers, whether it be the Tigers shocking the world and winning the Eugene regional or Head Coach Paul Mainieri announcing his retirement after 15 seasons at the helm of the LSU Baseball program.
Now the search is in full swing as the Tigers season ended on Sunday as the Tennessee Volunteers punched their ticket to the College World Series by beating the Tigers two games to none.
The question on everyone’s mind, who will be the next skipper of LSU Baseball? We took a deep dive into what that coaching search could look like in the coming days and weeks.
It goes without saying that the LSU job will be the most popular coaching job in all of college baseball. It definitely comes with its’ challenges, it appears is may be down to five candidates…
Tim Corbin (Vanderbilt Head Coach) - LSU has certainly had the chance to tag Corbin in the past as Skip Bertman was on a quest to find a coach for personality, and Bertman thought Corbin was too business-like.
Since arriving in 2003, Corbin has completely built the Vanderbilt program. Corbin has won two national championships with a runner-up through four College World Series. Corbin is 59.
Mike Bianco (Ole Miss Head Coach) -Rebels coach Mike Bianco was an assistant under Bertman for three national titles — 1993, '96 and '97.
He has taken the Rebels to Omaha just once in 2014, but that was their first time since 1972. Bianco has made Ole Miss a college baseball power, something it had not been since the early 1970's. Under Bianco since 2001, the Rebels have made 17 NCAA Tournament appearances and seven super regionals. Bianco is 54.
Cliff Godwin (ECU Head Coach) - Some fans have been very adamant about LSU finding a young and energetic coach. Cliff Godwin is 43, he is in his seventh season in his third super regional. It would certainly be a fresh start for LSU to hire a coach in his 40's, but it could be a risk.
Cliff knows LSU. He was hitting coach under Mainieri in his first two seasons at LSU in 2007 and 2008 and coached under him previously at Notre Dame.
Tony Vitello (Tennessee Head Coach) - Though after this past weekends’ Super Regional this one seems very unlikely. Tennessee seems like they are ready to throw the bag at Vitello. Vitello in four short years has completely turned around the Vols Baseball program. He is a coach that plays with lots of emotion and passion. Vitello is 42.
Dan McDonnell (Louisville Head Coach) - Louisville coach Dan McDonnell may be the best choice when you look at where he has won.
Before McDonnell arrived in 2007 from an assistant job under Mike Bianco, Louisville had never reached Omaha. He has taken the Cardinals there five times, including his first season and then again in 2019. Louisville had reached one NCAA postseason before him. He has gone 12 times. McDonnell is 50.
I also think there could be two coaches that aren’t talked about as much that are in the discussion as well, Jared Moon (HBU Head Coach) and Jeff Willis (LSUE Head Coach).