John Cohen’s first move as Mississippi State’s new Director of Athletics was to name his replacement.
After being previously reported on Thursday, it was officially announced on Saturday that Andy Cannizaro, LSU’s hitting coach and recruiting coordinator, will be the Bulldogs’ new head baseball coach.
“We are thrilled to welcome Andy to the Mississippi State baseball family,” Cohen said in a release. “When you look at all of the characteristics we need in a baseball coach at Mississippi State, Andy is the perfect fit. He has an outstanding resume as a recruiter and scout in evaluating and developing talent. He’s been around some of the best minds in all of baseball during his college and professional career. His personality and knowledge of the game will benefit our players.”
Cannizaro has coached at LSU since 2014 after previously serving as an amateur scout for the New York Yankees since 2009. He was a four-year starter at Tulane from 1998-2001, then went on to the Major Leagues where he spent time in four organizations from 2001-09.
He replaces Cohen, who took over as AD after Scott Stricklin took that role at Florida and was formally introduced on Friday.
“I’m very happy for Andy, this is a tremendous opportunity for him,” LSU head coach Paul Mainieri said in a release. “He’s been a very loyal, hard-working coach for the LSU Tigers, and he’s done a really great job. Andy is a very talented guy, and we wish him well in his new position.”
Cannizaro will be formally introduced at a press conference on Monday.