Nino Giarrantano Head Coach University of San Francisco, 800 wins USA
Baseball National Team Coach
We delve back into college baseball with the head coach of the University of
San Francisco who has been with the program 22 years. Building a culture
through relationships. Teaching life through the game of baseball. Brief,
Brilliant and be Gone Be patient and believe in the process, how? Listen
more speak less but when does a coach speak? What should players do now to
be seen by college coaches, during the coronavirus. What are ways to have a
very good relationship with high school coaches? What do you look for in
players when picking them for your college? When you go see a player what
turns you off about him during games, practices, etc? How do parents play in
the the picture when you are recruiting players? Do you have captains on
your team and what role do they play? Leadership council? What does your
practice look like? How do you teach players to deal with the failures of
the game? 11 seconds and its over, what does this mean? How do you deal with
players that at times to not hustle? Confidence, Aggressive and relax. So
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22nd Season (in 2020)
William Jewell College '85
Record at USF (through 2019 season): 598-610-1 (22 seasons)
NCAA Division I Career Record: Same
Career College Coaching Record: 908-732-1 (30 seasons)
HONORS & AWARDS
– Three-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year (2005, 2006, 2011)
– 2010 United States National Collegiate Team Assistant Coach – Silver Medal
– 2008 United States National Collegiate Team Assistant Coach – Gold Medal
– Three-time National Junior College Coach of the Year
– USF Baseball All-Time Winningest Coach
– 3rd-Winningest Coach in WCC History; 2nd-Most Wins Among Active WCC
Nino Giarratano has guided the University of San Francisco baseball program
to unprecedented success in his 22 years on The Hilltop, since taking over
prior to the 1999 season.
The three-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year has led USF to two
WCC championships (2006, 2011), three postseason appearances (2006, 2011,
2013) and has compiled the most wins in program history. Giarratano's
players have collected 50 first team All-WCC awards during his tenure,
including two WCC Player of the Year awards (Taggert Bozied, 1999; Scott
Cousins, 2006), three WCC Defensive Players of the Year (Joey Railey, 2008;
Stephen Yarrow, 2011; Nico Giarratano, 2016) and one WCC Pitcher of the Year
selection (Patrick McGuigan, 2006).
Giarratano's player development success is highlighted by the 50 Major
League Baseball draft picks that have been bestowed upon the program during
his tenure; most recently, Joey Steele (30th round; Marlins) and Jonathan
Allen (32nd round; White Sox) in the 2019 draft. Following the 2012 season,
right-handed pitcher Kyle Zimmer was selected fifth overall by the Kansas
City Royals, making Zimmer the highest draft pick in USF baseball history.
In 2014, Kyle's brother, Bradley, became the fourth first-round pick under
Giarratano when he was selected 21st overall by the Cleveland Indians and
went on to make his Major League debut with the Indians on May 16, 2017.
Kyle made his Major League debut on March 31, 2019, becoming the fifth Major
Leaguer to play under Giarratano. The other two first-rounders under
Giarratano's watch were Evan Frederickson (2008, White Sox) and Aaron Poreda
(2007, White Sox).
Giarratano became the winningest coach in USF baseball history when he
surpassed Hilltop legend Dante Benedetti with his 374th victory in 2009. On
May 12, 2016, Giarratano earned his 500th career win as the Dons defeated
BYU 6-5 in walk-off fashion at home. With that victory, Giarratano became
just the third coach in WCC history (along with Rich Hill and John
Cunningham) to amass at least 500 career wins at the Division I level.
Following the 2020 season, Giarratano sits at second on the WCC's all-time
list for wins (598) and is the second winningest active WCC coach behind San
Diego's Rich Hill.
In 2006, Giarratano led the Dons to a milestone by winning a program-record
39 games and claiming the team's first WCC championship. USF duplicated
their championship form in 2011 when they finished in first place again.
In 2013, the Dons were on the doorstep of another championship when they
participated in the inaugural WCC Championship series at Banner Island
Ballpark in Stockton, Calif. only to fall to San Diego in three games.
In addition to his program's success on the field, Giarratano's teams have
also boasted superior academic performance. The 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009
squads set a then-school record by having four players selected to the
All-WCC Academic Team. In 2014, the team set a new record by having six
student-athletes named to the WCC All-Academic Team. The team had 14
student-athletes earn WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll selections in 2003 and
2007, also a school record.
Giarratano has led the Dons to the NCAA Regional three times and this
ability to lead has been recognized on the national level. During the summer
of 2008, he helped guide the U.S. Collegiate National Team to a 24-0 record
and a gold medal in the FISU World Championships in the Czech Republic. Two
years later, he served as an assistant to the team again and helped them to
a 16-3 record and a silver medal finish.
Before coming to USF, Giarratano spent two seasons as an assistant coach at
Arizona State, serving as the hitting instructor, offensive coordinator and
third base coach. In his final season with the Sun Devils, ASU reached the
1998 College World Series Championship game behind a staggering offense. The
team hit .318 with 557 runs off 723 base hits, including 57 home runs in
addition to 120 stolen bases.
Giarratano's ability to recruit also shined in Arizona. While serving as
Arizona State's recruiting coordinator, he helped to piece together a class
ranked as the third best in 1996 and did it again in 1997 when the incoming
class was ranked as No.2 in the nation.
Much of Giarratano's experience was gained while coaching at the junior
college level, where he quickly found success. He was named Collegiate
Baseball's National Junior College Coach of the Year three times while at
Trinidad State Junior College (Trinidad, Colo.) from 1989 to 1994. He led
the program to five NJCAA World Series appearances, while the team posted a
233-86 (.730) mark over his six seasons at the helm.
Between Trinidad State JC and Arizona State, Giarratano made a stop at
Yavapai Community College (Prescott, Ariz.), leading the team to a 77-36
record in two seasons, while sending 25 players to the professional ranks.
Altogether, Giarratano compiled an overall junior college record of 310-122
Giarratano is a 1985 graduate of William Jewell College with a bachelor's
degree in physical education. He later earned his master's degree in
secondary administration from Adams State. He lives in The City with his
wife Brenda. His daughter Bianca is a graduate of the University of San
Francisco and his son, Nico, was a four-year starter at shortstop for the
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