Associate Head Coach Departs After Three Years…
Just a day after being left out 2011 NCAA Baseball Tournament, LSU has announced the resignation of associate head coach David Grewe.
“David has decided to take his career in a new direction, and we wish him the best in all of his future endeavors,” head coach Paul Mainieri said in a written statement. “We’re very grateful to David for the contributions he made to our program, including being a part of a national championship, a conference championship and two league tournament titles.”
Grewe helped LSU win the 2009 national championship in 2009, his first season in Baton Rouge. He has served at pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the past three seasons. Previously, the 35-year-old Grewe was the head coach at Michigan State from 2006-2009. He was an assistant for Mainieri at Notre Dame from 2004-2005.
“For my personal development, I want to explore the possibilities to expand my role as a college baseball coach and professional,” Grewe said. “Unfortunately, the timing of this desire does not match the timing for the LSU baseball program and its immediate needs. Therefore, I have made a decision based on these timing issues and my personal desires as well as the “unknown” of the next several months to make [athletic director] Joe Alleva and Paul Mainieri aware of the fact that I will not be returning following the end of my 2011 contract.”
Grewe reportedly had interest in the Ohio State and Notre Dame head coaching vacancies during the summer of 2010, but they were filled by Greg Beals and Mik Aoki, respectively.
Mainieri now will look to fill the vacancy quickly.
“We will have a coach who can best develop the outstanding pitchers that are returning to the team along with a very talented of group of recruits that will join the program in August,” he said.
Despite its 36-20 record this season, LSU was left out of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the past six seasons. The Tigers finished sixth overal in the SEC with a 4.13 team ERA.