Returning to his alma mater after five years, the Tigers' baseball team and head coach Ed Sprague has officially announced the hiring of Joey Centanni as the newest edition to the coaching staff. Centanni comes back to the Orange and Black as an assistant coach as he returns to the school where he played four years from 2006-09 and earned his degree in communications.
"I am extremely happy to have Joey coming back to the program as a coach," said Sprague. "He will be a tremendous addition to the staff and I could not be more pleased to have a past player rejoining the team in a coaching role."
Centanni spent four seasons playing for the Tigers as an all-around talent as he starred as the Tigers' ace on the pitching staff, designated hitter, outfielder and first baseman. He earned two All-Big West selections throughout his career including second team honors as a utility player as a senior in 2009. Upon his graduation, Centanni earned a free-agent contract with the Baltimore Orioles organization in which he played for four seasons.
After his playing days ended due to injury, Centanni immediately began his coaching career as he was named the head varsity baseball coach at The Bishop's School in his hometown of San Diego. In one season, Centanni was able to turn a nearly winless program into a playoff team as the Knights earned a home playoff game for the first time. In addition to coaching the Knights, Centanni also worked as an associate scout for the Orioles in the San Diego Area.
"I'm excited to be back at Pacific," said Centanni. "I had a great experience here when I was in college and am looking forward to helping the program in the coming years."