GREENVILLE, S.C.—Skip Bertman, the former Louisiana State University baseball coach who guided the Tigers to five College World Series titles and served as head coach of the 1996 U.S. Olympic baseball team, will be the featured speaker at the annual fundraiser for the Furman University baseball team Thursday, Feb. 17 at the Carolina First Center.
The dinner, which begins at 7 p.m., will be preceded by a private reception at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets for the 14th annual Upstate Diamond Classic are $100 per person, which includes dinner. To attend both the dinner and the reception, tickets are $120. A table for 10 can be purchased for $800, which includes two tickets to the reception.
Tickets can be reserved by calling the Furman Baseball office at (864) 294-2146. All proceeds benefit the Furman baseball team.
Bertman is considered to be one of the greatest college baseball coaches of all time. During his 18-year coaching tenure at LSU (1984-20001), his teams won seven SEC championships and five national titles. The Tigers made 11 appearances in the College World Series, and Bertman’s 89-29 record in the tournament is the best in NCAA history. He was named National Coach of the Year six times (1986, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 2000).
After retiring as LSU’s baseball coach in 2001, Bertman served the next seven years as the Tigers’ athletics director. He was named athletics director emeritus in 2008, working as a fund-raiser for the university. He stepped down from that position at the end of 2010.
Bertman is a member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
For more information about the dinner, contact the Furman Baseball office at (864) 294-2146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.