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Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri greets fans in his gold No. 1 jersey upon arrival to the ballpark June 18, 2015, during game 10 of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

The National College Baseball Hall of Fame announced Monday that LSU coach Paul Mainieri has been chosen as the 2015 Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year.

Mainieri, who will be honored at the Hall of Fame’s annual Night of Champions celebration on Monday, led the Tigers back to the College World Series for the second time in the past three years. The Tigers finished with a 54-12 record.

The award’s namesake, Bertman, coached at LSU from 1984 to 2001, winning five national championships.

“I am so very happy to be giving the award to a great coach and to my great friend, Paul Mainieri,” Bertman said in an LSU Athletics news release.

In the same news release, Mainieri said the award carries special meaning to him. “I say this because of the respect I have for Skip Bertman and all he has done for college baseball. In addition to that fact, he is my dear friend, and he brought me to LSU when he was the athletic director. When he hired me, I told him my only goal at LSU was to make him proud of me.”