Dunn deal
Written by Hunt Palmer, Senior Writer   
Friday, 10 June 2011 15:44

Following the resignation of Associate Head Coach David Grewe, LSU coach 
Paul Mainieri vowed to hire the best pitching coach in the country.

Friday he introduced Alan Dunn.

Dunn, 49, has spent 22 years working with pitchers at the professional
 level, including the past three years as the Orioles’ minor league pitching
 coordinator, a position where he oversaw the entire minor league
 organization.

“Alan Dunn has had a long and distinguished career in professional 
baseball,” Mainieri said. “He’s a teacher at heart, and he wants to be on
 the field working with players.”

Dunn said that most of his responsibilities as minor league pitching
 coordinator involved talent evaluation and philosophy, but he wasn’t able to
 work individually with the pitchers he oversaw.

“My heart has always been being a pitching coach,” Dunn said. “Being in that 
environment where you have your guys, and you’re with them every day, and I
 thought where else better than to get back into the college game.”

Prior to beginning his professional coaching career, Dunn worked as an 
assistant at Vanderbilt in 1991-92.

From there he became a scout with the Chicago Cubs and eventually the 
pitching coach at every minor league level before becoming the minor league
 pitching coordinator to finish his 15 years with the Cubs.

During that run Dunn coached pitchers like Carlos Zambrano, Mark Prior and 
Carlos Marmol. In all, he’s coached more than 25 pitchers who have reached 
the big leagues.

“Everybody that I talked to (about Dunn), the superlatives were just flowing 
off their tongues,” Mainieri said. “They were all saying the same thing too. This guy is a guy who will get in the trenches and you’ll see in a very 
short time what a difference maker he is.”

Dunn inherits perhaps the deepest pitching staff LSU has had since Paul 
Mainieri’s arrival on campus, including three freshmen that started on the 
weekend in Southeastern
 Conference play.

“I’ve had an opportunity to see some of the pitchers on video, and they’re
 very impressive,” Dunn said. “The skill level is there for these kids, so
 there is a good foundation that has already been established with these
 kids.

“My goal is not to come in here and change who these kids are. I’m a firm 
believer in pitching to what you do best.

Mainieri said he has spoken to a number of the current LSU pitchers, and 
they all seem eager to work with their new coach

Dunn’s first job is to pass the NCAA certification process. Once that is 
complete, he will travel to see all of LSU’s pitchers, current players and 
recent signees, pitch in summer ball. After he’s seen them throw, he’ll 
begin to form a personal relationship with them so the transition in the 
fall will be a seamless as possible.