July 17, 2011

Lineup Card


Lineup Card is a feature highlighting notes from around college baseball.


July 11-17, 2011


San Francisco head coach Nino Giarrantano recently donated a kidney to his father. Click here to read Stacy Hicklin's feature on the donation.


Junior shortstop Chad Zurcher of Memphis was named the 2010-11 Conference USA Male Athlete of the Year. The All-American led the nation with a batting average of .443, the second-highest single-season average in C-USA history. Zurcher also had the top mark in the country with an on-base percentage of .557. A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Zurcher had 19 doubles, 47 runs, 34 RBI and 12 steals. He was picked in the 31st round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the New York Mets and has signed and started his professional career.


Leighton Appears to be Fordham's Choice

Manhattan coach Kevin Leighton is expected to be named the next coach at Fordham according to several sources, confirming what CollegeBaseballInsider.com tweeted on July 10.

Leighton has guided the Jaspers to 30-plus wins in each of his six seasons. Manhattan reached the NCAA tournament this season, dropping two games in the Gainesville Regional to conclude a 34-19 season.

Temple Yet to Name Coach

There was a twist in the Temple coaching search earlier this week when the Owls talked with Villanova head coach Joe Godri about its vacancy. A source said no offer has been made to Godri, who appears to be serving as more of a consultant in the search than a candidate.

The team previously had interviewed Richmond assistant Ryan Wheeler, La Salle assistant Bob File and Manhattan head coach Kevin Leighton, whom is expected to accept the head job at Fordham as CollegeBaseballInsider.com tweeted on Sunday.

Temple also interviewed Kevin Sharp, a 2001 Temple grad who was an assistant for the Owls and St. Joseph's before joining the IMG Baseball Academy, where he has coached since 2006.



Jeff Palumbo has been hired as an assistant coach at VCU. He spent the past three seasons at UCF, concentrating on hitting and fielding instruction while helping with recruiting. Palumbo played at George Mason from 2001-04 and was an assistant coach for the Patriots from 2006-08. He was a two-time CAA Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the CAA’s Silver Anniversary Team which was announced in 2010.


Gino DiMare has returned to Miami (Fla.) as an assistant coach. He was away from the program for the past three years after spending 12 seasons with the Hurricanes in charge of hitters and recruiting. DiMare played for Miami from 1989-92 and signed a free agent contract with the Boston Red Sox.


Ryan Klosterman has been added to UCF coaching staff to work with the infielders and team defense while assisting with offense and recruiting. Klosterman has played professional baseball for the past eight years after being selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the fifth round of the 2004 MLB Draft. He played collegiately at Clemson and Vanderbilt. Klosterman was first team All-SEC as a shortstop for the Commodores. He helped Vanderbilt reach the Austin Super Regional in 2004 by batting .346 with 91 hits, 72 runs and eight triples, a school record. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt in human and organizational development with an emphasis in leadership and organizational effectiveness.


Dan Hubbs has been named pitching coach and associate head coach at USC. The former Trojan hurler was pitching coach at California for the past 12 years. Hubbs helped the Golden Bears reach the 2011 College World Series while setting a school record with 475 strikeouts. Hubbs also was pitching coach for the Yakima Bears in the Los Angeles Dodgers system and worked at Pepperdine in 1999. He pitched at USC from 1990-93 and lettered his final three years. The Trojans reached the NCAA Regionals in three of his four campaigns. Hubbs earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from USC in 1993. Hubbs pitched for seven years in the minor leagues with the Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies.


Kenny Gajewski has been named director of baseball operations at Tennessee. He will manage all camps, oversee student managers and serve as academic liaison to the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center. Gajewski played for UT head coach Dave Serrano and Cerritos Junior College before heading to Oklahoma, where he helped the Sooners win the 1994 national title. He was a graduate assistant at OU in 1995 before heading to Kansas State as a volunteer assistant in 1996. Gajewski returned to OU as the school’s athletic turf and maintenance director in 1997. Since 2007, he has been the owner and operator of three Norman, Okla.-based turf businesses.