LSU coach Paul Mainieri constantly trumpets his pitching coach as the best in the nation. Collegiate Baseball agrees.
Alan Dunn was named the National Pitching Coach of the Year by Collegiate Baseball. Dunn has helped mold a bevy of All-American hurlers while in Baton Rouge, including current ace Alex Lange.
Dunn will receive this award at the American Baseball Coaches Association Convention next January in Nashville.
Collegiate Baseball provided a run-down of highlights from Dunn’s previous four seasons at the school:
LSU has had the SEC Pitcher of the Year three years (Kevin Gausman in 2012, Aaron Nola in 2013, and Aaron Nola again in 2014).
LSU has had a consensus first team All-American pitcher each of his four years (Kevin Gausman in 2012, Aaron Nola in 2013, Aaron Nola in 2014 and Alex Lange in 2015).
LSU has had the National Pitcher of the Year (Aaron Nola in 2014).
LSU has had the National Freshman Pitcher of the year (Alex Lange in 2015).
LSU has had nine pitchers taken in the major league draft in the last four years (including two first round draft choices and one second round draft choice).
In his first year at LSU in 2012, the staff ERA dropped almost a full run from 4.13 to 3.25.
In 2013, LSU went to the College World Series with a veteran pitching staff leading the way. LSU lost 7 of its’ top 9 pitchers after the season. Even with this turnover and losing six pitchers from the 2014 staff to season ending injuries and other factors, consider what the 2014 pitching staff accomplished: LSU was No. 1 in the nation with a school-record 17 shutouts; LSU staff was No. 5 in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (6.99); Tigers were No. 6 in the nation and No. 1 in the SEC in WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched – 1.09); LSU’s team ERA of 2.60 was No. 2 in the SEC and No. 12 in the nation; LSU was No. 1 in the SEC in fewest runs allowed (180).