A Louisiana Legend and one of the greatest college baseball coaches of all time, J. Stanley ďSkipĒ Bertman has made the seamless transition into the athletics directorís chair with the same enthusiasm, vision and demand for excellence that were trademarks of his stellar coaching career.
The 2007-08 season will mark Bertmanís final year as LSU athletics director. After his tenure ends on June 30, 2008, he will remain at LSU as athletics director emeritus through 2010, working as a vital fund-raiser for the university.
In six years as LSUís director of athletics, Bertman has added to his impressive list of on-the-field achievements. Under his direction, LSU has enjoyed arguably the greatest athletics seasons in the history of the institution.
The 2006-07 season saw 12 LSU teams finish among the nationís top 25, including a No. 3 final ranking for the football team and a fourth consecutive Final Four appearance by the womenís basketball squad. The LSU menís and womenís track and field teams each finished No. 2 in the nation.
In 2005-06, LSU joined North Carolina (1997-98) as the only schools to have their football, menís basketball and womenís basketball teams all finish in the nationís Top 5.