Sept. 13, 2006
(San Francisco) - USF Athletic Director Debra Gore-Mann announced a new contract for head baseball coach Nino Giarratano, who guided USF to the most successful back-to-back seasons in program history, capped by the first West Coast Conference Championship and first NCAA Regional berth in school history in 2006.
"USF Athletics took the opportunity to renegotiate a new contract with Nino Giarratano in order to secure the future of USF Baseball," Gore-Mann said. "It doesn't take too long to understand that Coach Giarratano represents the very best in college sports and college baseball specifically. Coach Giarratano, along with his high quality coaching staff, is building a program committed to attracting outstanding student-athletes and their families."
Giarratano guided San Francisco baseball to the program's first NCAA Regional berth in 2006 after capturing the inaugural West Coast Conference Championship. During their storied season, the Dons set program records for wins (39), road victories (19) and three players were selected in the 2006 Major League Draft. For his efforts Giarratano earned WCC Coach of the Year accolades for the second straight season.
"I'm excited about the future of USF Baseball and I welcome the opportunity to build a tradition of winning here," Giarratano said. "Our goals remain unchanged. We want to compete for another West Coast Conference championship and to advance the University of San Francisco to its second straight NCAA Regional I definitely want to continue building a quality stadium and playing facility the university, the players and alumni can take pride in having."
In the last two seasons 15 Dons have earned All-WCC honors, including the program's second Player of the Year (Scott Cousins) and the school's first Pitcher of the Year (Patrick McGuigan). During his tenure on the Hilltop, 18 players have earned All-WCC First Team honors and 18 have been selected in the Major League Draft, including six top-10 round picks. On field success does not come at the expense of academics and the Dons posted a remarkable 3.02 Team GPA during the 2004 Fall Semester. Four student-athletes earned WCC All-Academic honors in 2006, marking the fourth straight season two or more have represented USF on the list.
Prior to coming to USF, Giarratano spent two seasons serving as an assistant coach at Arizona State under head coach Pat Murphy. Giarratano served as hitting instructor, offensive coordinator and third base coach for the Sun Devils. During his final season in Tempe, Giarratano helped ASU reach the 1998 College World Series Championship game, and constructed a staggering offense. Giarratano also served as recruiting coordinator for Arizona State and the 1996 class was ranked third in the country by Baseball America, while the 1997 class was rated second.
Giarratano also enjoyed a wealth of success as a head coach in the junior college ranks, earning Collegiate Baseball's National Junior College Coach of the Year on three occasions while at Trinidad State Junior College from 1989-94. He led the Trojans to five College World Series appearances in six posting a 233-86 (.730) record. In between stints at Trinidad State and Arizona State, Giarratano spent two seasons (1995-96) as the head coach at Yavapai Community College in Prescott, Arizona. He posted a 77-36 (.681) record at Yavapai in just two seasons and sent 25 players into the professional ranks. Giarratano's overall record as a junior college head coach was a sparkling 310-122 (.718).