Nino Giarratano to be keynote baseball speaker for Coach Summit

Fri 10 Nov 2017

Nino Giarratano, who has had unprecedented success over the past 20 years as Head Coach of the University of San Francisco Dons baseball team, will be the keynote baseball speaker at BSUK’s third annual Coach Summit on 27 January 2018.

He will be joined as a keynote speaker by Mark Smith, who is the High Performance Director and Women’s National Team Head Coach for Softball Canada, and who will speak on fastpitch softball.

Great success

Giarratano has been the West Coast Conference Coach of the Year on three occasions and has led USF to two WCC championships, three postseason appearances and the most wins in programme history (531 and counting).

Almost 50 of Giarratano’s players have been named to the All-WCC First Team, and numerous Dons have been drafted by Major League Baseball teams, including right-handed pitcher Kyle Zimmer, who was selected fifth overall by the Kansas City Royals following the 2012 college season.

Under Giarrantano’s leadership, the Diamond Dons have won at least 25 games every year since 2003, including five seasons where they finished with 30 wins or more.

In addition to a focus on player development, Giarratano has also had a strong focus on his players’ academic performance.  His 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009 squads set a record by having four players selected to the WCC All-Academic Team, and this was eclipsed in 2014 when the team set a new record by having six players who achieved that honour.

Before coming to USF, Giarratano spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Arizona State, where he served as the hitting instructor, offensive coordinator and third base coach.  In his final season with the Sun Devils, Arizona State reached the 1998 College World Series Championship game behind a staggering offense.  The team hit .318 with 557 runs on 723 base hits, including 57 home runs in addition to 120 stolen bases.

Much of Giarratano’s early experience was gained while coaching at the junior college level, where he quickly became successful.  He was named Collegiate Baseball’s National Junior College Coach of the Year three times while at Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado from 1989 to 1994, where he led the team to five College World Series appearances and achieved a 233-86 (.730) mark in his six seasons.

Giarratano is a 1985 graduate of William Jewell College, with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.  He later earned his master’s degree in secondary administration from Adams State University.  He lives in San Francisco with his wife Brenda.  His daughter Bianca is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and his son, Nico, was drafted in the 24th round of the 2017 MLB draft to the San Francisco Giants.

Q & A

After Nino Giarratano was confirmed as the baseball keynote speaker for the 2018 Coach Summit, we asked him to answer a few questions:

Q:  How and why did you decide to get in to coaching?

A:  I decided to pursue coaching because of my love and passion for the sport.  I have always had the desire to enhance the lives of the student athletes that I am so very lucky to work with.

Q:  What’s your coaching highlight to date?

A:  1,100 career wins, four World Series appearances, five regional championship, one gold medal.  I coached my son Nico for four years of college and watched him be drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 24th round.

Q:  What are you most looking forward to at the BSUK Coach Summit?

A:  I am looking forward to meeting new people and helping them chase the dream of becoming great coaches.  I am very excited to learn about your culture.

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