Maseball is headed back to the Lakefront.
Hall of Fame coach Ron Maestri, who led the University of New Orleans to its greatest successes in baseball in the 1970s and 1980s, will come out of retirement to become the Privateers' baseball coach, a source told WGNO-TV and SportsNOLA.com's Ed Daniels Monday.
UNO has called a 2 p.m. news conference Tuesday to make the announcement.
In 14 seasons as head coach at UNO from 1972-85, Maestri compiled a record of 518-247-1. He led UNO to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 1984 College World Series – the first trip to Omaha by a Louisiana program.
Maestri is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame.
Though he has not been in the dugout in nearly three decades, Maestri has remained close to the sport, serving as executive director and chief operating officer for the New Orleans Zephyrs.
UNO will open the 2014 season with a three-game series Feb. 14-16 against LSU, coached by one of Maestri's former players, Paul Mainieri. The Saturday game will be the first game at newly renovated Maestri Field.
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