BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – LSU hitting coach Andy Cannizaro is expected to be named Mississippi State head baseball coach Friday, according to sources and multiple reports.
After the Tigers’ Purple and Gold World Series at Alex Box Stadium Thursday, head coach Paul Mainieri said Cannizaro is the “probable candidate” and added he gave coach Cannizaro the day off to “be with his family.”
Cannizaro, who was regarded as perhaps the best player in Tulane history, was hired by LSU in 2014 as the recruiting coordinator and hitting coach after a professional career in the major leagues.
“My overwhelming emotion is that I’d be very happy for Andy. It’s a tremendous opportunity. He’s been a very loyal, hardworking guy for the LSU Tigers,” Mainieri said. “It’s not often where a coach has two and a half years of college assistant coaching experience to get a head coaching job in the SEC. It’s a big bite and especially there. It’s a pretty pressurized situation, but if anybody can handle it at that experience level, I think it would be Andy.”
Cannizaro would be replacing John Cohen, who is becoming the Bulldogs’ new athletic director.
There will be an official press conference Friday at 1 p.m.