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LSU hires Arizona’s Jay Johnson as baseball coach

Arizona baseball coach Jay Johnson has agreed to leave the Wildcats for the LSU head job that opened when Paul Mainieri retired after this season, a person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. Photo via ArizonaWildcats.com
Posted at 8:04 AM, Jun 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-25 13:24:11-04

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New LSU baseball coach Jay Johnson says his move from Arizona to the Tigers is the opportunity of his lifetime.

LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward, who announced the hiring on Friday, says Johnson's “track record of postseason success, explosive lineups and highly-ranked recruiting classes set him apart.”

The 44-year-old Johnson has spent the past six seasons at Arizona and twice coached the Wildcats to the College World Series.

Arizona led the nation this season in hits and led the Pac-12 in runs, hits, doubles, triples, RBIs, walks, batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage, total bases, and extra base hits.