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San Francisco head coach Nino Giarratano has been
named the four-year college Coach of the Year by the Northern
California Scouts Association. Giarratano has had 32 Dons sign
professional baseball contracts.
The National Junior College Athletic Association
(NJCAA) will move its national office to 1631 Mesa Avenue, Suite
B, Colorado Springs, CO 80906. The NJCAA relocates from
northeast to southwest Colorado Springs as of Jan. 1, 2011. The
office will be in the Copper Building along with the Major
League Baseball Players Alumni Association, the Colorado Springs
Sports Corporation, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and
severan USA sports governing bodies.
Former Northwestern star and current New York
Yankee manager Joe Girardi has been named by the NCAA as one of
six recipients of this year’s Silver Anniversary Award,
presented to individuals of merit 25 years following the
completion of their collegiate athletic career. Bo Jackson, who
played baseball, football and outdoor track at Auburn, will also
be honored. Girardi was a three-time Academic All-American for
the Wildcats and earned a degree in industrial engineering in
1986. He was a two-time All-Big Ten catcher and third team
All-American in 1985. Girardi played 15 years in the major
leagues and won three World Series rings with the Yankees.
Former Long Beach State and current Tampa Bay
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria will be the featured speaker
for LBSU’s annual Leadoff Dinner on Thursday, Jan. 27, at The
Grand in Long Beach. The Big West Player of the Year was the
third overall pick in the 2006 Major League draft. A three-time
All-Star, Longoria has won a pair of Gold Gloves and one Silver
Slugger award in his first three seasons.
Texas A&M received a pledge of $7 million from
alums and Blue Bell Creameries executives Ed. and Howard Kruse
along with Blue Bell Creameries as a lead gift for renovation
and expansion of Olsen Field. The athletic department has
requested that the name of the facility be changed to C.E. “Pat”
Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. The $16 million first phase
includes construction of a two-story center with a new locker
room, players’ lounge, coaches’ offices, training and weight
facility as well as club seating, wider concourse, and new
concession stands and restrooms. Construction will begin in
members of LSU’s 2009 national championship team joined head
coach Paul Mainieri at Home Run For Hearts, an event that
benefited the Louisiana Pediatric Cardiology Foundation.
Pictured from left are Buzzy Haydel, Ryan Schimpf, Blake Dean,
Mainieri, Sean Ochinko, Nicholas Pontiff and Chris McGhee.
Rene Ruiz has returned to his alma mater as an
assistant coach. The all-conference shortstop helped the Jaspers
win their first MAAC title in 2006. Ruiz played professionally
the past two years, primarily in the Continental Baseball
Bill Bavasi, the vice-president of Scouting,
Player Development and International Operations for the
Cincinnati Reds, will be the featured speaker at Wright State’s
2011 First Pitch Banquet on Wednesday, Jan. 26. The event will
include dinner and a silent auction.
Duke’s on-campus facility, Jack Coombs Field, has
undergone renovations which were recently completed. The field
is now covered by synthetic turf. Adjustments were made to the
field dimensions, lighting was improved and a new fence was
installed. The Blue Devils will play their mid-week games there
and will hold their weekend contests at Durham Bulls Athletic
Virginia has sold out its 2011 reserved season
tickets for new buyers. Renewals will continue until Dec. 10.
General admission season tickets are still available.
Single-game tickets will go on sale Feb. 1.
(photo courtesy of LSU Media Relations Office)