Friday was a historic day in Tiger Athletic history. Former Baseball Head Coach and Athletic Director, Skip Bertman's statue was unveiled in front of Alex Box Stadium.
Family, friends, former players and colleagues gathered in Legacy Plaza in support of the legendary coach who has touched so many lives.
Bertman is the winningest coach in college baseball history and has led the tigers to five national titles and 7 SEC championships within 10 years.
Many people close to Bertman were in attendance Friday night, and had many great things to say about the trailblazer.
“And on behalf of the Tiger Athletic Foundation and all Tiger Baseball fans; thank you, Skip, for building college baseball’s number one program,” says president and CEO of the Tiger Athletic Foundation, Rick Perry.
“The standard will never be lowered. We will always strive to be the very best program in the country, and do it the right way. You taught us all so well, and we want to continue to make you proud,” says current head baseball coach, Paul Mainieri.
The statue was unveiled by Bertman's wife and daughters. There was a standing ovation in appreciation of the legacy Skip Bertman has built. Bertman then thanked everyone who has been apart of his journey, and gave advice he gave his athletes when he coached.
"The statue in Legacy Plaza belongs to anyone who has ever coached with me and help me win. and I'd say 'you represent LSU. You represent your family, and you represent your maker. Now go out tonight and have fun," says Bertman.
The legacy of Stanley "Skip" Bertman will live on for generations to come. Now after all of the time and dedication Bertman has put into LSU Athletics, and the city of Baton Rouge, it is put on full display in front of the stadium he built.