Bertman guided LSU to five NCAA baseball titles (1991, '93, '96, '97, 2000), seven SEC championships and a record of 870-330-3 (.724) in 18 seasons, from 1984-2001. He was named National Coach of the Year six times, and his teams drew huge crowds to venerable Alex Box Stadium, as LSU led the nation in attendance in each of his final six seasons (1996-2001).
In a Baseball America poll released in January 1999, Bertman was voted the second greatest college baseball coach of the 20th century, trailing only Rod Dedeaux of Southern California.
Will Clark, Mississippi State University
Clark, a first baseman, was BCA All-American in 1984 and consensus All-American in 1985. In 1985, he became the first player in SEC history to win the coveted Golden Spikes Award. He set an MSU career record with a .391 batting average, including 61 home runs. He was a 2003 inductee into the MSU Sports Hall of Fame. Clark played 15 years in Major League Baseball, batting .303 and being named to the All-Star team six times.
Ron Dedeaux (2006) University of Southern California
Dedeaux coached the Trojans for 45 years before retiring in 1986 with a record of 1,332-571-11, the most wins in Division I history until Cliff Gustafson of Texas surpassed him in 1994. Dedeaux led his team to 10 College World Series titles, including five consecutive from 1970-74. His Trojans won 28 conference titles. Nearly 60 USC players under Dedeaux went on to big league careers, including Mark McGwire, Randy Johnson, Tom Seaver, Dave Kingman, Fred Lynn and Roy Smalley.