Michigan State head coach David Grewe was named the new associate head coach for Louisiana State on Thursday. Grewe, a former assistant under LSU coach Paul Mainieri at Notre Dame, will be LSU’s pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. LSU’s volunteer coach, Javi Sanchez, was also promoted to full-time assistant coach. Sanchez, 26, played catcher at Notre Dame with Grewe in 2003 and 2004.
During Grewe’s three years coaching Michigan State, the Spartans went 75-85, including a 42-53 mark in the Big Ten Conference. He coached seven players who were selected in the MLB draft, including three this year. He has also distinguished himself at Notre Dame and MSU as one of the nation’s top recruiters. The move is significant because Grewe gave up a head coaching job at a Big Ten school for the chance to be an assistant at an SEC school. The SEC had nine schools represented in the NCAA Tournament this year, including the Tigers and national runner-up Georgia, while the Big Ten sent just one.