Mississippi State

‘I love our baseball program but ... I love Mississippi State’

Mississippi State head coach John Cohen will be named MSU’s Athletic Director today.
Mississippi State head coach John Cohen will be named MSU’s Athletic Director today. AP

Mississippi State officially introduced Bulldogs baseball coach John Cohen as its new athletics director Friday.

“This is a great day for us and I can’t tell you how much your support means to us,” Cohen said during a press conference on campus. “I’ve been really fortunate to have some really great mentors.

“I love our baseball program, but more importantly, I love Mississippi State.”

Cohen, 50, has served as MSU’s baseball coach since 2009. Cohen went 284-203-1 during his eight seasons in Starkville and guided State to the postseason five times, including an SEC Tournament title in 2012, a national runner-up finish in 2013 and an SEC Championship this past season.

LSU hitting coach and recruiting coordinator Andy Cannizaro was announced Saturday as Cohen’s replacement as the Bulldogs’ baseball coach.

Cannizaro, 37, played at Tulane University. He was a seventh-round pick of the New York Yankees.

A press conference will be held at 3 p.m. Monday to officially introduce Cannizaro.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones

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