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LSU hiring Minnesota Twins' Wes Johnson as new pitching coach: Source

By Dan Hayes and Aaron Gleeman and The Athletic Staff

June 26, 2022Updated 8:53 PM EDT

LSU hiring Minnesota Twins' Wes Johnson as new pitching coach: Source.

LSU is hiring Minnesota Twinspitching coach Wes Johnson to the same position, a source confirmed to The Athletic. D1 Baseball was first to report the news.


Johnson is currently with the team as it travels to Cleveland for a series vs. the Guardiansthat begins Monday. He will remain with the Twins this weekend, per a source, but is expected to leave the team following the conclusion of that series. The Athletic has also learned the Twins plan to promote assistant pitching coach Pete Maki to the lead pitching coach role.


Johnson has served as the Twins pitching coach under manager Rocco Baldelli since 2019. He previously held the same role at the University of Arkansas, where he helped the Razorbacks reach the College World Series final in 2018.


Johnson will replace former LSU pitching coach Jason Kelly, who was hired as head coach of Washingtonlast week.


The Tigersfinished third in the SEC West this season with a 17-13 conference record and were eliminated by Southern Miss in NCAA Regionals earlier this month. LSU's last College World Series appearance came in 2017 and it won its last national title in 2009.

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LSU director of baseball operations Tyler Nordgren has been hired as an assistant coach for California Baptist University. Nordgren will handle infield and outfield duties for his new squad. 

A member of head coach Jay Johnson’s Arizona Wildcats team during their College World Series run in 2021, Nordgren followed Johnson to Baton Rouge, serving the same role. 

The movement Nordgren has had in a short period of time is remarkable. Going from the high school game to Division II to Arizona in his baseball journey, he’s proven what he brings to the table at every spot. Nordgren now heads home to California.

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