Dec. 9, 2009


USA Baseball completes 2010 coaching staff


USA Baseball has announced the remaining two members of the 2010 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team coaching staff, joining manager Bill Kinneberg (right) of Utah and pitching coach Dave Serrano of Cal State Fullerton.


Ed Blankmeyer (left) of St. John’s will make his first appearance with Team USA, while Nino Giarratano of San Francisco coaches for the second time for USA Baseball.


Blankmeyer has a record of 470-285-3 in 14 seasons as head coach of the Red Storm. St. John’s has captured three Big East regular-season titles and one tournament championship. Blankmeyer has guided St. John’s to five NCAA Regionals. He has been named Big East Coach of the Year four times and ABCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year four times.


Giarratano (right) is in his 12th season as head coach of the Dons. He guided USF to a third-place finish in the West Coast Conference this past spring, two games out of first. The Dons are 163-123 (.570) over the past five seasons, including the first back-to-back 30-plus win seasons in school history in 2005-06. Giarratano was an assistant coach on Rob Walton’s Collegiate National Team staff in 2008.


The Collegiate Team was 19-5 in 2009, with a title at the inaugural World Baseball Challenge in Canada. The 2010 schedule includes the V FISU World University Championships in Japan.


(photos courtesy of USA Baseball)