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Skip Bertman to Speak at LSUA Baseball/Softball Banquet

Released: 09/18/2009

Skip Bertman, considered by many to be the best coach in the modern era of college baseball, will be the keynote speaker Feb. 1 at the annual Generals Booster Club season-opening banquet, announced Dan Purvis, LSU Alexandria athletic director.

“Coach Bertman is truly a living legend in athletics, and he’s an incredibly entertaining and motivating speaker,” Purvis said. “We are very pleased that he will help us start the 2010 season.” The LSUA baseball and softball teams will open the season in their new on-campus ballparks the next day.

Bertman’s LSU teams won five national championships, seven SEC titles and 870 games between 1984 and 2001. A six-time National Coach of the Year with 11 College World Series appearances, Bertman fashioned a .754 winning percentage (89-29) in NCAA post-season games, the highest in history. He also coached the 1996 U.S. Olympic team which captured the bronze medal in Atlanta.

Bertman was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s inaugural class in 2006, and he is a member of the American Baseball Coaches and Louisiana Sports halls of fame. He was voted to a select list of “most influential figures” in SEC history.

Bertman’s seven-year tenure as LSU athletic director, which ended in 2008, was marked by 10 national championships, 14 SEC titles and unprecedented improvement in student-athlete academic achievement. He also oversaw a multimillion dollar burst of sports capital projects funded through the Tiger Athletic Foundation.

Tickets for the banquet, which will be held in the state evacuation center adjacent to campus, may be reserved by calling Betsy Hayes at 473-6475. Top Tier tables, which seat 10, will be sold for $500. Other tables are $400, and individual tickets cost $45. The event also will include silent and live auctions.

LSUA will begin its third season of baseball and softball this spring. Both teams advanced to the NAIA district playoffs last year.