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By Phil Stanton
week, we will have head coaches from the Baltimore and San
Francisco areas give their thoughts on Sunday’s Super Bowl
between the Ravens and the 49ers.
Today we continue with Nino Giarratano (left),
entering his 15th season as head coach at San Francisco. He has
been named West Coast Conference Coach of the Year three times
in the past eight years. The Dons were 29-30 overall in 2012 and
14-10 in the WCC, good for third place. USF won the WCC title in
On March 2, 2012, the Dons edged Cal State
Northridge 6-5 in extra innings to give Giarratano win No. 374.
He became USF’s leader in career victories, passing the Legend
of the Hilltop, Dante Benedetti.
Giarratano has been an
assistant coach for the U.S. National Collegiate Team two times,
helping Team USA win a gold medal in 2008 at the FISU World
Championships in the Czech Republic and a silver medal in 2010
at the FISU World Championships in Japan.
Prior to his arrival at USF, Giarratano posted a
record of 233-86 (.730) as head coach at Trinidad State Junior
College (1989-94). He guided the Trojans to five College World
Series appearances in six years and was named National Junior
College Coach of the Year three times.
additional national acclaim in 2011 when he donated a kidney to
Giarratano gives us his
thoughts on the NFC Champion, the San Francisco 49ers.
First Inning – Did you have a favorite San
Francisco 49er in your younger days?
For sure! My favorite 49er of all time is Joe
Second Inning – As the season started, did you
think the 49ers were a Super Bowl team?
As the season started and the win vs. the Green
Bay Packers made me a believer that the 49ers where a Super Bowl
Inning – What was your reaction to Jim Harbaugh's decision to
change quarterbacks, starting Colin Kaepernick in place of Alex
Jim Harbaugh has been golden in my book, I follow
the many tough decisions he makes each and every day. I figure
he has shown great decision-making in his quarterback lineage,
Andrew Luck to Alex Smith to Kaepernick. Great performances and
great players make for good coaching. It has turned out to be a
Fourth Inning – What impresses you about Jim
Harbaugh as a head coach?
The preparation and determination, as well as the
system, have impressed me the most. Coach Harbaugh has been able
to be very successful at every level and program he has touched.
Fifth Inning – Which 49er do you think would
be the best baseball player?
Kaepernick would make the
best baseball player. He has speed, arm strength and the ability
to move an organization.
Sixth Inning – Who on your team would make the
best 49er, and what position would he play?
Coach Nakamura would make a great 49er. At 5'2 he
could hide in the huddle and sneak attack the Ravens!!! Ha ha.
Our best chance is Justin Maffei, our senior center fielder, who
could play DB or special teams.
Seventh Inning – Who is the biggest San
Francisco fan on your team/staff?
Biggest 49ers fans- Justin Maffei, Alex Balog,
Joe Dellacella, and B-Dog.
Eighth Inning – Which player from the Ravens
do you fear most?
Ray Lewis- uhh Ray Lewis- well Ray Lewis
Ninth Inning – Why will the 49ers win? What
will be the final score?
The 49ers will win based on the balance of their
team, their ability to run from multiple positions, pass on many
levels, play defense at a very high level. And the will of the
younger brother. Final Score 35-17 49ers.
Extra Innings – What should we expect from the
San Francisco Dons this season?
The Dons will hopefully catch the San Francisco
magic and be part of the run. The Giants and 49ers have
energized our entire Bay Area. The Dons will compete with a
great passion, play an exciting brand of baseball, and pitch
enough to be there until the end.
(photos courtesy of USF Media