Jamie Pinzino, a two-time conference coach of the year at
Bryant University, enters his first season as the head coach of the Tribe
program. He spent six years as a head coach, before serving as an assistant the
last two seasons at Northeastern and William and Mary. In 2011-12, he was the
Tribe's pitching coach and served as the program's recruiting coordinator.
Last season, Pinzino, who has 11 years of collegiate
coaching experience, helped the Tribe post a 31-25 record. His pitching staff
led the CAA in ERA (3.01) and opponent batting average (.245), while allowing
the fewest hits (445), walks (126), doubles (79) and home runs (24) in the
league. Nationally, W&M ranked 13th in ERA, ninth in fewest walks per game
(2.3 BB/game), seventh in WHIP (1.17) and sixth in strikeouts per walk (3.06).
Under Pinzino's tutelage, Matt Davenport earned CAA Pitcher of the Year honors
and was named First-Team All-East Region, before being selected in the 34th
round of the Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft by the Detroit Tigers.
Prior to joining the Tribe staff, Pinzino spent a season as
the pitching coach at Northeastern University. Under his guidance, the Huskies
led the CAA in ERA (4.26) and were second in opponent batting average (.270). Pinzino
also saw three of his starters selected in the 2011 MLB Draft. Les Williams was
taken in the 37th round by the Toronto Blue Jays after earning Third-Team
All-CAA honors in 2010, while Brandon McNelis was selected by the Los Angeles
Angels of Anaheim (41st round) and Drew Leenhouts by the Florida Marlins (43rd
Pinzino brings six years of head coaching experience to the
Green and Gold program with an overall mark of 173-150, including a 66-44
(.667) ledger at the Division I level. He was the head coach at Bryant
University for five seasons where he successfully guided the Bulldogs from
Division II to Division I. He garnered his first Coach of the Year honor
from the Northeast-10 Conference in 2007, while leading the Bulldogs to its
first of two straight NCAA Division II Regional finals. The 2008 campaign was
Pinzino's best at Bryant, as he led the Bulldogs to a school-record 43 wins and
the regular season Northeast-10 Conference title.
In 2009, Pinzino guided Bryant's transition to Division I
and led the Bulldogs to an impressive 32-22 record as an independent. The
following season as a member of the Northeast Conference (NEC), the Bulldogs
won the regular season league championship, amassing a 34-22 overall mark and a
remarkable 25-7 ledger in conference play. For his efforts, Pinzino was
selected the NEC Coach of the Year, marking the second award of his career.
Overall at Bryant, Pinzino guided the Bulldogs to 162 wins
and an impressive conference mark of 86-36 (.705) that included two league
championships. During his time, Pinzino saw two Bryant players selected in the
MLB Draft. In 2010, the Chicago Cubs took Jeff Vigurs in the 22nd round, while
Pat McKenna was selected in the 27th round by the Detroit Tigers in 2009.
Pinzino spent his other season as a head coach at
Assumption College in 2005. He was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Tufts
University, for two seasons and also had one-year assistant coaching stints at
Holy Cross and Pomona-Pitzer College.
During his playing days at Tufts, Pinzino was a four-year
letterwinner, helping the Jumbos win three ECAC Championships. In 1995, Tufts
reached the NCAA Division III Regional as the No. 2 seed. He was the
Tufts Baseball Elias Award recipient for hard work and dedication in 1997.
Pinzino graduated from Tufts in 1997 with a bachelor's
degree in history and later earned a master's degree from the school in
educational studies during his coaching stint with the Jumbos. He is married to
Cheryl Milligan, who is the head women's softball coach at Tufts. She has led the
Jumbos to four New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)
championships and guided Tufts to its second NCAA Division III Regional crown
under her direction in 2012.