Ron Maestri inducted to Louisiana Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame
Legendary former New Orleans Privateers head baseball coach, Ron Maestri was inducted into the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame on Saturday. Maestri amassed 543 career wins in two stints as head coach of the Privateers.
In his first stint that stretched from 1972-85, Maestri was instrumental in building a strong New Orleans baseball program. He guided the Privateers to two College World Series appearances: 1974 at the Division II level and 1984 (Division I). Maestri also guided New Orleans to 40 or more wins in six of his last seven years.
Maestri oversaw the team’s transition back to Division I upon returning to the Privateer dugout in 2014. In that first year, the Privateers defeated the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns who were then ranked in the top five nationally. He brought in current head coach Blake Dean as an assistant. The reins were handed to Dean after Maestri retired following the 2015 season.
On top of his success on the field, many of Maestri’s former players have become mainstays in baseball circles. Brian Snitker is currently managing the Atlanta Braves and was National League Manager of the Year in 2018. Paul Mainieri has guided LSU baseball to five College World Series appearances and a national title.
Randy Bush is assistant general manager of the Chicago Cubs and he coached the Privateers from 2000-05. Bush played in the Majors for 12 seasons with the Minnesota Twins after being drafted in the second round in 1979.
In all, five Privateers from Maestri’s tenure made it to the Majors: Bush, Eric Rasmussen, Wally Whitehurst, Roger Erickson, and Mark Higgins.
Maestri was joined in the 2019 Hall of Fame class by Wilbert Ellis, Jeff Schexnaider, Ronnie Coker, David Moreau, and Reginald Lambright.
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