• All-county shortstop who also played quarterback on the football team.
  • CCHS Athlete of the Year for 1975.
  • Played for LSU, Miami-Dade North and the University of New Orleans.
  • Today is the head baseball coach at LSU.

Paul Mainieri, the head baseball coach at Louisiana State University,  led the Tigers to a national championship.  LSU beat the University of Texas in the finals of the college world series.

For Paul, the national title was a destination that had it’s origin right here at Columbus.  His first coaching job was as an assistant baseball coach at Columbus back in 1979.

From Columbus, Paul coached at St. Thomas University, the Air Force Academy and the University of Notre Dame before accepting the position at LSU three years ago.

He has been a head coach for 27 years and is just 2 wins shy of 1,000 career victories. Paul played varsity baseball and football at Columbus.

He was a three-year starter in baseball as a shortstop and second baseman.  He was all-county his senior season.

In football, he was the starting quarterback.  Paul was selected Columbus’ Athlete of the Year award in 1975.

Paul played collegiately at LSU, Miami Dade North and the University of New Orleans.  He later spent two seasons in the White Sox organization.

Paul and his wife Karen have been married 30 years.  They have four children.