Source: Sean Ochinko taking over as LSU hitting coach; Micah Gibbs assuming off-the-field role after knee injury

LSU is shaking up its staff with just outside of a month to go before Opening Night.

Paul Mainieri is elevating underrate assistant and former Tiger Sean Ochinko to the volunteer assistant/hitting coach while Micah Gibbs assumes a new title: Director of Player Development, a source confirmed to Tiger Rag. The news was first reported by Kendall Rodgers of D1Baseball.com.

Mainieri did not confirm or deny the report: “I can’t comment on any staff changes until we go through the proper process with human resources,” the coach said in a text message to Tiger Rag. “As soon as anything is official, we will release it publicly.”

The move isn’t a reflection of dissatisfaction in Gibbs’ first year as hitting coach, but rather out of necessity. The former LSU catcher suffered a serious knee injury playing pickup basketball and needs time to heel in an off-the-field role. Mainieri confirmed Gibbs suffered a knee injury that will require surgery.

Ochinko served as LSU’s undergraduate assistant and coached first base last season. He was a catcher and first baseman during his three-year collegiate career from 2007-09, hitting .333 with nine home runs and 57 RBI during LSU’s 2009 National Championship season.

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James Moran was Editor of Tiger Rag from August 2018 to October 2019. He previously served as the associate editor since 2014. He is a graduate of the LSU Manship School of Journalism.

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