I recently had the opportunity to sit down with one of the greatest baseball coaches of all time, Skip Bertman. During his tenure at LSU, Skip won 5 NCAA National Championships – in 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, and 2000.
On this podcast, you’ll hear:
- Our exclusive 90+ minute interview at LSU
- Great stories about Skip’s national championship teams
- The importance of knowing how to motivate your team
- The realities of “pressure”
- How to get your players to speak in front of other team members
- How to pursue Excellence vs. Perfection
Bertman began coaching at LSU in 1984 and would transform LSU into a baseball powerhouse, guiding the Tigers to 16 NCAA tournament appearances, 11 College World Series appearances, 7 SEC championships and 5 NCAA Baseball national championships in his 18 seasons as the LSU Head Coach. His teams also drew large crowds to LSU’s Alex Box Stadium, as the Tigers led the nation in collegiate baseball attendance in each of his final six seasons (1996–2001).
He also served as head coach of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team, which captured the bronze medal in Atlanta.
In 2001, the section of South Stadium Drive between River Road and Nicholson Drive – site of the original Alex Box Stadium – was renamed Skip Bertman Drive. Bertman’s No. 15 jersey was also retired at LSU.
Bertman was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in June 2002. He was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January 2003, and was a member of the inaugural class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame on July 4, 2006.