Jamie Pinzino

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A 15-year coaching veteran joined the Virginia Tech baseball staff on July 13, 2016 when head coach Patrick Mason announced the addition of Jamie Pinzino as his associate head coach. Pinzino has been a head coach at three different school and owns an overall career record of 212-174, but comes to Blacksburg after a three-year stint as the pitching coach at Oklahoma.

Contact Coach Pinzino
E-Mail: pinzino@vt.edu
Phone: (540) 231-3671

Born: June 19, 1975 - Worcester, Massachusetts
Hometown: Marlboro, Massachusetts
Wife: Cheryl Milligan
Child: Henry

High School: Saint John's, Shrewsbury (1993)
College: Tufts University (1997)

Playing Experience
Tufts University (1994-97)

Coaching Experience
1998Pomona-Pitzer, assistant coach
2002Holy Cross, assistant coach
2003-04Tufts, assistant coach
2005Assumption, head coach
2006-10Bryant, head coach
2011Northeastern, assistant coach
2012William & Mary, assistant coach
2013William & Mary, head coach
2014-16Oklahoma, assistant coach
2016-Virginia Tech, associate head coach

Postseason Experience
As a player:
1995NCAA Division III Regional

As a coach:
2003NESCAC Tournament
2006Northeast-10 Tournament
2007Northeast-10 Tournament, NCAA Division II Rindge, N.H. Regional finalist
2008Northeast-10 Tournament, NCAA Division II Rindge, N.H. Regional finalist
2013Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, NCAA Raleigh, N.C. Regional finalist
2014Big 12 Conference Tournament
2015Big 12 Conference Tournament
2016Big 12 Conference Tournament

Pinzino’s primary roles are to serve as the team’s pitching coach, while he also takes over as the program’s recruiting coordinator and will assist in other aspects of the program as well.

In his three seasons at Oklahoma, Pinzino heard one of his pitchers being selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft 13 times, which included seven during the 2015 draft. Overall, Pinzino has worked with 21 pitchers who have been chosen in the MLB draft.

Pinzino took over a pitching staff that returned just 29% of its conference innings in 2014 and helped secure one of the best bullpen’s in the Big 12 with a collective 3.48 earned run average and 2.11 strikeout-to-walk ratio. In 2015, Sooner pitchers struck out 524 batters, the third-highest total ever amassed by the team in a single season.

Prior to his stint at Oklahoma, Pinzino served as the head coach at William & Mary, where his squad set program records with 39 wins and 17 conference victories in 2013 as The Tribe earned its third invitation to the NCAA Tournament, its first since 2001, and advanced to the Raleigh Region finals. Pinzino was named both the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Co-Coach of the Year and the VaSID Coach of the Year after knocking off No. 21 Mississippi twice in the Raleigh Regional before being knocked out by No. 7 North Carolina State in the Regional Final.

Pinzino served as an assistant coach at William & Mary in 2012 and at Northeastern in 2011 after a five-year tour of duty as head coach at Bryant. At Bryant (2006-10), he registered a 162-122 record, while transitioning the program from the Division II Northeast-10 to the Division I Northeast Conference, which resulted in an NEC regular season title in 2010 with a 29-7 league record, and the NEC Coach of the Year award. He was named the Northeast-10 Coach of the Year in 2007 as he led Bryant to its first of two NCAA Division II Regional Finals. The Bulldogs posted a program-best 43 wins in 2008 as they won the league’s regular season title.

Pinzino spent his first collegiate head coaching year at the Division II Assumption in 2005. Prior to that, he spent time as an assistant at Tufts (2003-04), Holy Cross (2002), and Pomona-Pitzer (1998).

A 1997 graduate of Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in history, he later earned a master’s degree in educational studies during his assistant coaching stint with the Jumbos. He was a four-year letterwinner at Tufts, helping the Jumbos win three ECAC Championships. In 1995, Tufts reached the NCAA Division III Regional as the No. 2 seed. Pinzino was the Tufts Baseball Elias Award recipient for hard work and dedication in 1997.

He and his wife, Cheryl, have a son, Henry