LSU's Alan Dunn presented National Pitching Coach of the Year award _lowres


Fourth year LSU pitching coach Alan Dunn was presented the 2015 National Pitching Coach of the Year award Saturday in Nashville.

Dunn’s 2015 staff, headed by SEC Freshman of the Year Alex Lange, was second in the conference with a 2.98 ERA and a .230 batting average against. His 2014 staff set a new school record with 17 shutouts.

“From the time (Dunn) walked on to our campus and began working with our pitchers, it was clear there was going to be big, positive changes to the way our pitchers approached their jobs,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said in a school statement. “He just has a way about him where he is demanding but very positive with the guys. They respond to him as well as any pitching coach I have ever seen.”

The former Baltimore Orioles minor league pitching coordinator, Dunn has coached more than 25 players that have advanced to the Major Leagues, including former LSU starters Kevin Gausman and Aaron Nola.

In Dunn’s four-year tenure, LSU has had 10 pitchers selected in the MLB Draft.

“This is such a deserving award,” Mainieri said, “and I’m happy to see that he has been officially identified as what I have said about him time and time again, that he is the best pitching coach in America.”