Indiana’s Lemonis to be next Mississippi State head baseball coach

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Indiana head coach Chris Lemonis will be the next Mississippi State head baseball coach.

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JOEL COLEMAN
Staff Writer

Indiana head baseball coach Chris Lemonis will be the next head baseball coach at Mississippi State the Starkville Daily News has confirmed through a source with knowledge of the situation.
MSU has not confirmed the hire of Lemonis and multiple Mississippi State athletic department officials didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment by the Starkville Daily News. The SDN has learned via multiple sources that the MSU baseball team still hadn’t been informed of an official hire as of Monday morning.
D1Baseball.com was the first to report that Lemonis is headed to Starkville.
Lemonis has been the head coach of the Hoosiers for the last four seasons. He compiled a 137-87-2 record at Indiana over his tenure and reached the NCAA Tournament in three of his four years at the helm.
The 44-year-old, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, native has more than two decades of total coaching experience. Prior to his head coaching stop at Indiana, Lemonis was an assistant at The Citadel from 1995 through 2006, and an assistant at Louisville from 2007 through 2014. At Louisville, Lemonis helped the Cardinals to three College World Series appearances.
The hire of Lemonis puts to an end the job candidacy of MSU interim head coach Gary Henderson. Henderson took over the Bulldogs in late February after the abrupt resignation of Andy Cannizaro and went on to lead MSU to the school’s 10th College World Series berth. Upon Mississippi State’s elimination in Omaha on Saturday, Henderson told reporters he wanted the full-time head coaching job at MSU. However it now appears Henderson won’t get his wish.
According to the D1Baseball.com report though, at least one MSU staffer from the 2018 squad may keep his job. Assistant coach Jake Gautreau, the man largely credited with State’s offensive turnaround midway through this past season, is expected to remain onboard with the Bulldogs.

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