Mississippi State Baseball Reportedly Hires Indiana’s Chris Lemonis As Head Coach

Omaha, NE - JUNE 24: A general view of TD Ameritrade Park in the fourth inning during game two of the College World Series Championship Series between the Virginia Cavaliers and the Vanderbilt Commodores on June 24, 2014 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. Virginia defeated Vanderbilt 7-2. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
Omaha, NE - JUNE 24: A general view of TD Ameritrade Park in the fourth inning during game two of the College World Series Championship Series between the Virginia Cavaliers and the Vanderbilt Commodores on June 24, 2014 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. Virginia defeated Vanderbilt 7-2. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images) /
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The Mississippi State baseball team might just have its new head coach if this report is true

The Mississippi State baseball team just finished things up in Omaha and now they’re probably getting a new head coach. It looks like John Cohen didn’t wait for too long after the season was ended to get things wrapped up with the coaching search. If D1Baseball’s Kendall Rogers has an accurate report, then Chris Lemonis will be the next head coach of the Mississippi State baseball team.

Lemonis has been a pretty successful head coach over at Indiana, where he led the Hoosiers to a 40 win season this year as they made it into the Austin Regional. Indiana is by no means a college baseball powerhouse and success rarely shows up there. Still, his teams have been solid and improved over time.

Before his stop up in Indiana, Lemonis had success as an assistant coach at Louisville under Dan McDonnell. Lemonis is regarded as an incredibly successful recruiter and has helped put together several College World Series teams at Louisville.

What about the current staff?

Right now, it appears that Lemonis will retain some of the current staff. Hitting coach Jake Gautreau appears to be staying in Starkville to help Lemonis move Mississippi State baseball toward the future.

This is a hire that will appear underwhelming to many MSU fans, but the sky isn’t falling here. Yes, John Cohen spoke of hiring one of the nation’s best coaches to come in and carry State forward. Cohen spoke of hiring a coach who frequented Omaha. As a head coach, Chris Lemonis hasn’t done that yet.

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However, Lemonis has been to Omaha as an assistant coach three times and played in the College World Series back in 1990. Lemonis was key in putting the right pieces together for Louisville to make it to the College World Series. If these reports are true and Jake Gautreau is also remaining on the staff, the Bulldogs should be able to recruit at a high level going forward. They’ll just need to prove it out on the field.