Ron MaestriBaseball Coach/Administrator, 1972-2000
University of New Orleans
Ron Maestri, a native of Highland Park, Ill., served the University of New Orleans as both a baseball coach (1972-85) and athletic director (1979-2000).
Under his guidance, UNO baseball went 518-247-1 (.677). The Privateers never had a losing season during his tenure and qualified nine times for NCAA tournaments. His 1974 team finished second in the nation at the Division Two College World Series and became the first Louisiana school to reach the Division One College World Series in 1984, finishing fifth. He was the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year in 1979. The award is now named after him. As Athletic Director, Maestri hired the likes of Benny Dees, Tim Floyd, Joey Favaloro, Tic Price, Randy Bush, and Tom Schwaner. In 2002, Privateer Park was officially renamed Ron Maestri Field.
Maestri worked with the New Orleans Zephyrs as their Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer until July of 2013 when it was announced he was returning to the dugout to coach UNO once again.
The following story by Marty Mule appeared on the May 15, 2013 edition of The Advocate. Reprinted by permission.
Former UNO coach Maestri transformed Louisiana baseball
LSU will dedicate “Skip Bertman Field” on Friday night at Alex Box Stadium against Ole Miss.
Tuesday night, another Louisiana college baseball legend will be watching the Tigers. Former Privateer coach Ron Maestri will be looking on as LSU hosts the University of New Orleans.
Bertman, of course, was the architect of the colossal program we now know as LSU baseball. But Maestri was the Johnny Appleseed of Louisiana college baseball.
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