LSU's Skip Bertman wins College World Series legends poll

Skip Bertman led LSU, which made the NCAA tournament once before his arrival, to 11 CWS appearances from 1986 to 2000 and won five national titles. The Tigers went undefeated in championship games under his leadership, and only one other coach (Dedeaux) has won more championships.

LSU didn’t make it to Omaha this year, but Tiger fans let their roars be heard.

Leading up to this year’s College World Series, The World-Herald honored some of the legendary coaches who shaped the game and conducted a poll: Who is the most iconic coach of all in Omaha? The five candidates: Skip Bertman (LSU), Jim Brock (Arizona State), Rod Dedeaux (Southern California), Augie Garrido (Texas, Cal State Fullerton) and Mark Marquess (Stanford).

Bertman won with more than 46 percent of the vote, four times as much as Garrido in second place. Dedeaux finished third, ahead of Brock and Marquess.

Bertman led LSU, which made the NCAA tournament once before his arrival, to 11 CWS appearances from 1986 to 2000 and won five national titles. The Tigers went undefeated in championship games under his leadership, and only one other coach (Dedeaux) has won more championships.

Bertman’s victory is a credit to the fans. Though all of the candidates earned their legend status, fans drove the poll.

“Skip Bertman was the man,” one fan wrote on Twitter. “Put LSU on the map and kept it there. Built the premier baseball program in a football state.”

While Bertman has been crowned as the ultimate CWS coaching legend, there were plenty of others who deserved consideration. Some who received write-in votes: Cliff Gustafson (Texas), Ron Fraser (Miami), Jim Morris (Miami), Ray Tanner (South Carolina), Mike Martin (Florida State), Gene Stephenson (Wichita State) and Bobby Winkles (Arizona State).

Let us know what you think. Who do you believe is the most legendary CWS coach? Which coaches could earn that status in the future? Interact with us on Facebook and Twitter, or send us an email to sports@owh.com.

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