Report: There are three finalists for LSU’s head baseball coaching vacancy including a new name

Notre Dame baseball coach Link Jarrett ls is reportedly one of three finalists for the LSU head coach vacancy. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Citing multiple sources, Gannett Louisiana LSU beat reporter and Tiger Rag Magazine columnist Glenn Guilbeau reported Wednesday that Arizona’s Jay Johnson, East Carolina’s Cliff Godwin and Notre Dame’s Link Jarrett are the finalists for LSU’s head baseball coach vacancy.

Johnson’s 45-18 Wildcats lost two straight games in the College World Series. Godwin’s 44-17 Pirates lost in two games in the Super Regionals at Vanderbilt and Jarrett’s 34-13 Fighting Irish took Mississippi State to three games in Super Regional in Starkville before losing.

Here’s a look at the reported finalists:

Jay Johnson, Arizona

Age: 44

Born: Oroville Calif.

Record: 208-114, sixth season at Arizona; 316-172, ninth season overall

CWS appearances: 2, 2016 (runner-up lost to Coastal Carolina in College World Series championship series) 2021 (College World Series)

Other NCAA tournament appearances: 1, 2017 (Regional)

LSU ties: None

Notable coaching lineage: None

Playing experience: Second baseman at Shasta College in Redding, Calif. 1997-98 and Point Loma Nazerene in San Diego, Calif. 1999-2000

Cliff Godwin

Age: 43

Born: Snow Hill, N.C.

Record: 258-130-1 seventh season and overall at East Carolina

CWS appearances: 0

Other NCAA tournament appearances: 5, 2016, 2019, 2021 Super Regionals, 2015, 2018 Regionals

LSU ties: Was hitting coach for two seasons from 2007-2008 on former Tigers’ head coach Paul Mainieri’s first coaching staff

Notable coaching lineage: Tim Corbin, Paul Mainieri, Mike Bianco

Playing experience: Catcher at East Carolina, 1998-2001.

Link Jarrett

Age: 49

Born: Tallahassee, Fla.

Record: 45-15 second season at Notre Dame, 260-181 in nine seasons overall

CWS appearances: 0

Other NCAA tournament appearances: 1, 2021 Super Regionals

LSU ties: Paul Mainieri was Notre Dame’s head coach prior to coming to LSU

Notable coaching lineage: Mike Martin

Playing experience: Four-year starting shortstop 1991-94 at Florida State, two-time first-team All-American, played in three College World Series, played five years in Colorado Rockies’ organization.

5 Comments

  1. Not too impressed with any of the finalist. After slam dunk hire of Kim for Women’s Basketball, I was hoping for similar “winner’ for baseball.

  2. I, also, am not impressed with the coaches listed. I was hoping for an interview with Dallas Baptist coach and the LSU Eunice coach. But someones needs to be hired ASAP.

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