Best All Time NCAA College Baseball Coach
An outstanding baseball coach can measure his ability on how great his team is. The purpose of a coach is to unite and guide his team members to one common goal. Therefore, a coach is a leader. There are so many great coaches in different sports but if we talk about the greatest coaches in college baseball history, two stand out: Rod Dedeaux and Skip Bertman.
Dedeaux field is a baseball stadium named after the former USC legendary coach Rod Dedeaux. Thanks to Bobak on wikipedia.org for the picture.
Raoul “Rod” Dedeaux coached the USC Trojans for 45 years from 1942 to 1986. Dedeaux led the Trojans to 11 College World Series (CWS) titles as well as 28 Pac-10 crowns. His overall win-loss record was 1,332-571-11 (.699). When Dedeaux retired he had the most wins in college baseball history. [Since then, Gordie Gillespie now occupies that perch with the most wins ever – over 1700 – but not in Division I.]
Our second choice is J. Stanley Bertman also known as Skip Bertman. Bertman was born on May 23, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan. During his college career, Skip played outfielder and catcher. He spent his college days at the University of Miami, situated at Coral Gables, Florida. He graduated with a bachelor degree in health and physical education and later a masters degree in the same field.
Bertman started his coaching career at the University of Miami as a head coach for Miami Beach High School. He brought home a championship and two runner-up awards for his team. After that he made his way to UM as an associate head coach and during his time, the team won the 1982 national championship.
He left University of Miami and got a head coaching job at Louisiana State University in 1984. In his career he won 5 NCAA Baseball championship titles and made 11 overall appearances in the College World Championships. He ended up with a record of 870-330-3.
LSU Athletic Director Skip Bertman. Thanks to Shoshanah on flickr.com for the picture.
Aside from being a head coach for LSU, he was the head coach for the 1996 US Olympic Team that took home a bronze medal. Currently, Bertman is retired as a Head Baseball Coach and is now serving as the Athletic Director at Louisiana State University. Of course, LSU has had it's most successful years ever since Bertman has been AD, winning college football's National Championship in 2003-2004 and the CWS in 2009. Skip Bertman has been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall Of Fame; College Baseball Hall Of Fame; and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
In the end, the top college baseball coach in history has to be Rod Dedeaux with Skip Bertman not far behind.
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