The LSU Athletic Hall of Fame Committee unanimously approved a proposal to erect a statue of five-time national championship coach Skip Bertman on campus, the school announced Saturday morning.
Details of location and design will be announced in the coming months.
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 made 11 College World Series appearances, won five national championships and sent 31 players into Major League Baseball. Upon 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,” said LSU athletic director Joe Alleva 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.”
One of just ten LSU athletes or coaches with his jersey retired, Bertman now joins just former basketball stars Shaquille O’Neal and Bob Pettit with statues on campus.