Skip Bertman’s name is already on the field at Alex Box Stadium. Soon, his likeness is going to be permanent fixture on the LSU campus.
The LSU Athletic Hall of Fame Committee unanimously approved a proposal to erect a statue of the five-time national championship-winning coach, the school announced Saturday morning.
The location for the statue and its design will be announced at a later date.
A six-time national coach of the year and member of the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame, the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the College Baseball Hall of Fame, Bertman was LSU’s baseball coach for 18 seasons.
He led LSU to 11 College World Series appearances during his tenure, won five national titles and sent 31 players into Major League baseball. Shortly after his retirement in 2001, Bertman served as LSU’s athletic director until 2008.
“I can think of no LSU athletic figure more deserving of a statue than Skip Bertman,” current LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said in a news release.
“He is arguably the greatest coach in college baseball history with an amazing portfolio of championships and honors. However, what distinguishes Skip the most from other coaches is the impact he made upon the sport on a nationwide level. He had a clear vision of how to make college baseball both popular and profitable, and today the game enjoys unprecedented recognition.”
Bertman will join former basketball stars Shaquille O’Neal and Bob Pettit with statues on campus. He becomes the first LSU coach to be so honored.