Dec. 1, 2009
Villano Named Head Coach at
Mike Villano, former assistant coach at Central
Michigan, has been named head coach at Western Illinois. He
replaces Stan Hyman, who passed away this summer after leading
the Leathernecks for eight seasons.
Villano worked with the
Chippewas for six seasons, serving as pitching coach and
recruiting coordinator. He was the hitting coach this past
season. CMU was 202-137 (.596) overall and 99-55 (.643) in the
MAC in the six seasons with Villano.
Prior to his time at CMU, Villano worked one
season as pitching coach at Oakland.
Villano was a four-time
all-conference pitcher at Saginaw Valley State. He was selected
in the 24th round of the 1994 MLB draft by the San Francisco
Giants. Villano played professionally for nine seasons,
including a stint in the Major Leagues with the Florida Marlins
Villano earned a bachelor’s
degree from Saginaw Valley State in 2001 and a master’s degree
in physical education from Central Michigan in 2008.
WIU was 13-33 this past
season, including 8-16 in the Summit League.
Click here for list of 2009 Division I head coaching changes.