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Joe  Jordano

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Erie, PA

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Westminster College
Slippery Rock M.Ed. '94


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The Jordano Era

• Winningest coach in Pitt program history with 511 wins
• Top 30 among active coaches with 794 wins
• 2013 and 2004 Big East Coach of the Year
• Averaging nearly 30 wins per season
• 10 Post-Season Appearances
• 53 players have signed professional contracts
• 12 All-Americans
• 18 All-Region Selections
• 49 All-Conference Selections
• 34 players drafted at Pitt (39 overall)
• 94 percent of players have received degrees
• 2013 G.I.B.S.O.N. Award Recipient
• 2010 Chuck Tanner Collegiate Manager of the Year
• 2010 ABCA East Region Coach of the Year
• 2010 Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
• 2009 Mercyhurst College Hall of Fame Inductee

Excellence. Integrity. Passion.

Three words to describe the successful baseball coaching career of 17th-year Pitt skipper, Joe Jordano. Hired by Steve Pederson to lead the Panthers on November 15, 1997, Jordano began a rebuilding project that has delivered an unprecedented amount of growth, productivity and success over the past 17 seasons.

In 1997, the Panthers, only three years removed from a conference title, were slipping within the ranks of the powerful Big East Conference and were in need of a new direction and vision. Jordano stepped in and engineered an incredible turn-around in just one season as he molded the Panthers into a significant presence over the past 16 seasons. Pitt has won over 400 games, been nationally-ranked, sent numerous players to the professional ranks and established itself as a force in the highly-competitive Big East Conference. Jordano will now be at the helm of the Panthers as they begin their tenure in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

"I am very proud to be the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh," says Jordano. "We have accomplished a lot during my tenure. We have developed an impressive number of professional ball players, excelled in the classroom, have done special things in the community, and have been very responsible. The future is bright and I am very excited to lead this program, along with my tremendous staff, into a new chapter of Pitt baseball."

Jordano successfully guided the Panthers into the Atlantic Coast Conference beginning in 2014. With 22 wins on the season, Jordano reached the 20-win plateau for the sixth consecutive season and 14th time in his 16-year tenure at Pittsburgh. The program's highlight of the year was a walk-off win against No. 1-ranked and eventual NCAA runner up Virginia, the programs first victory against a top team. At the conclusion of the season, Pitt matched its feat from 2013 with three players taken in the 2014 MLB Draft, matching the second most in school history.

The 2013 season was one of the most successful in Pitt baseball history as the Panthers won a school-record 42 games and were ranked for a program-best seven weeks during the season, climbing as high as a program-best 16th in the nation. Pitt also cracked the rankings of all five major baseball publications for the first time ever.

A school-record eight Panthers took home All-Big East honors, four players garnered All-Region accolades while Casey Roche was named an All-American during the Panthers' final season in the Big East.

The impressive season was capped when three Pitt players heard their names called at the 2013 MLB Draft, the second most in school history.

2012 saw Coach Jordano reach several personal milestones as the Panthers reached a fourth consecutive Big East Tournament. Jordano won his 700th game in dramatic fashion as Casey Roche hit a walk-off solo home run to beat Akron, 3-2. Earlier this season, Jordano notched his 400th win as head coach of the Panthers, and shortly after that he became the program's career leader in wins, surpassing Bobby Lewis (1955-1990).

In the spring of 2011, the Panthers opened up their new home of baseball at Charles L. Cost Field at the Petersen Sports Complex. Jordano fielded a senior-laden team to a third place finish in the Big East and yet another berth in the conference championships. Under Jordano' s tutelage, Corey Baker became the school's all-time career wins leader. Fellow senior John Schultz broke two school records (career walks and career doubles). Evidence of his success, six of Jordano' s players' were selected in the 2011 MLB entry draft, the highest ever in the program's existence. The 2010 season, the last at Trees Field, brought even more success to Jordano and his squad. The coaching staff's diligent recruiting efforts paid off, as the Panthers boasted one of the most powerful and dangerous lineups in collegiate baseball.

In 2010, Pitt earned its first-ever ranking in Baseball America (No. 24) and its then highest-ever ranking in Collegiate Baseball (No. 20). The Panthers also broke numerous offensive records and have led the nation for most of the season in key offensive categories. Following the season, Jordano was named the ABCA East Region Coach of the Year as well as garnering the first ever Chuck Tanner Collegiate Baseball Manager of the Year.

There have been many highlights over the past 10 years including a trip to the Big East Championship game in 2005. From 2002-2005, Jordano put together the best four-year winning stretch in the program's 97-year history, capturing a total of 143 wins, including 36, 36, 38 and 33 during the stretch. The 38 wins in 2004 tied for the second-most victories in a single season. The 2004 season also saw the Panthers make a return visit to the Big East Championship in Somerset, N.J. The accolades were numerous. In addition to Jordano being named Coach of the Year, P.J. Hiser was named Player of The Year, Nick Evangelista was named Co-Pitcher of the Year and Negrych was named Rookie of the Year. Both Hiser and Negrych garnered All-America honors. The Big East also named Ben Copeland, Tom Cashman and Bryan Spamer to the All-Conference squad.

Over the course of Jordano's career, over 50 players have played professional baseball, in addition to eight All-Americans and countless All-Conference and All-Region selections. Jordano's overall record of 682-449-2 (.602) ranks him among the top 50 active Division-I coaches. Jordano has earned the respect of some of the top collegiate coaches in the country. LSU Tigers Head Coach Paul Maineri states, "Joe Jordano is without a doubt one of the finest college baseball coaches in the country and a man I admire very much. He has done a remarkable job with the program at the University of Pittsburgh. While I was coaching at Notre Dame and in the Big East, I always enjoyed the competition with the Panthers because we knew Pitt would always be well prepared, play hard, and play with a great deal of enthusiasm. I always attributed this to the way Joe handled his team and the competitive fire that he possesses. It seemed his teams always took on his personality, as they played the game with a lot of confidence and had a lot of fun. We had some tough losses to Pitt through the years; however, every time we lost to them I walked away from the game feeling that Pitt deserved to win because they outplayed us."

One of the top college programs in the country today is Vanderbilt University. Its head coach Tim Corbin is also a Jordano fan. "Very seldom do you come across a coach on the other side of the field that you truly respect, admire and like....Joe Jordano is that coach. He is a coach that can relate well with young people and get the very most out of them - that has been very apparent at Pittsburgh. Although he is a friend, I consider him one of the best baseball coaches in the country."

"I am proud of what we have accomplished. However, our work is not nearly finished. My staff, players and I look forward to taking this program to the next level and continuing the building of a great baseball program that will be in place for a long time," Jordano states.

That trend of rebuilding has been a trait of Jordano in his coaching career. His first position was at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa. The NCAA Division II School did not have a strong baseball tradition and Jordano inherited a team that had won only nine games the previous season. However, the success began immediately for Jordano and did not stop for 10 consecutive seasons.

During his 10-year reign on the Hill, Jordano's numbers speak for themselves: 283 wins against only 118 losses; six post-season appearances; two conference championships in his two years in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference; 30 All-Region players; four All-Americans; and several players in professional baseball.

Upon leaving Mercyhurst, Coach Jordano was the winningest coach in Mercyhurst College history and was ranked sixth all-time active winningest coaches in the D-II baseball history at the time of his departure. On May 17, 2009, Jordano was inducted into the Mercyhurst College Hall of Fame.

Jordano was also named the GLIAC Coach of the Year twice and was the Louisville Slugger NCAA DII Independent Coach of the year in 1995. In his last four years at Mercyhurst, Jordano's teams finished with a gaudy 128-31 record with four consecutive NCAA regional appearances. During his stay, Jordano also served on the NCAA DII National Baseball Committee and served as a chairman of the North Central Baseball Region. While at the University of Pittsburgh, Jordano has served on the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee as well as President of the Big East Coaches group for four years, 2000-04. He currently sits on the American Baseball Coaches Association College Playing Rules Committee and sits on the ABCA Division I Advisory Board.

Jordano has been honored by groups over the past several years for his contributions to baseball. In 2003, he was named "Baseball Man of the Year" in Erie, Pa. - his hometown, for "appreciation for his lifetime support and devotion to baseball on the local and collegiate levels."

Following the 2004 season and the Big East Coach of the Year award, Jordano was recognized by the Team Pittsburgh Group of Erie and was also awarded an Honorary Lifetime membership to the San Francisco Bay Area Pitt Club.

Academically, Jordano has been extremely successful graduating his players. Since 1998, 94 percent of his players who have completed their eligibility have earned a University of Pittsburgh Degree. The Panthers have garnered 36 All Big East Academic Awards as well as the Most Improved Team GPA in 2008. Jordano emphasizes this importance from the outset. "Our commitment to Academic Excellence occurs in the first few minutes of meeting with a prospective baseball player. The nucleus of what we do is to educate. Along with the World-Class degree from the University of Pittsburgh, our players have the opportunity to participate in one of the best, most productive baseball programs in the East."

The future is bright for the Panthers under Jordano's leadership. "I very much look forward to being a part of this program for quite some time. I have a deep passion for the University and its leadership. Chancellor Nordenberg and Mr. Pedersen have given our entire athletic program an opportunity to be the best we can possibly be, both in the competitive arena as well as in the classroom. This is a special place."

Jordano received his bachelor's degree from Westminster College, where he was a stellar four-year letter-winner and All-District performer in baseball for the Titans. He also obtained his master's degree in athletic administration from Slippery Rock University.

Jordano was named the ABCA East Region Chair following the 2013 campaign and will continue to serve on the College Playing Rules Committee.

Jordano resides in Cranberry Township with his wife, Michell, and sons Matthew and Joseph, daughter Sophia and his faithful golden retriever, Babe.

1998-present Head Baseball Coach - University of Pittsburgh
1987-1997 Head Baseball Coach - Mercyhurst College



Mercyhurst College




Mercyhurst College



ECAC Baseball Tournament


Mercyhurst College




Mercyhurst College



Ranked top 25 Div. II - NCAA Regional


Mercyhurst College




Mercyhurst College




Mercyhurst College



Ranked top 20 Div. II - NCAA Regional


Mercyhurst College



Ranked top 15 Div. II - NCAA Regional
Louisville Slugger DII Ind. Coach of the Year


Mercyhurst College



Ranked top 10 Div. II - NCAA Regional
GLIAC Champions - Coach of the Year
Louisville Slugger GLIAC Coach of the Year


Mercyhurst College



Ranked top 10 Div. II - NCAA Regional
GLIAC Champions - Coach of the Year
Louisville Slugger GLIAC Coach of the Year


Mercyhurst College Totals



Winningest coach in Mercyhurst Athletic history
Ranked in the Top 10 NCAA Winningest Active
(at time of leaving the College 1997)
*Member of GLIAC - 1988-1995 independent
Inducted into the Mercyhurst Hall of Fame - May 15, 2009



University of Pittsburgh




University of Pittsburgh




University of Pittsburgh



1st 30 win season in 5 years - Big East Tournament


University of Pittsburgh




University of Pittsburgh



3rd Winningest season in Pitt history; ranked NCBWA Poll; 18 game turn-around; 3rd most Big East wins in regular season (14)


University of Pittsburgh



3rd Winningest season in Pitt history; ranked NCBWA Poll


University of Pittsburgh



2nd Winningest season in Pitt history; ranked NCBWA Poll; Big East Coach of the Year; Big East Tournament; 2nd most wins in Big East play (17)


University of Pittsburgh



Big East Tournament; Big East Championship Runner-Up; 2nd most wins in Big East play (17)


University of Pittsburgh




University of Pittsburgh



Fourth Place finish in Big East Conference during regular season


University of Pittsburgh




University of Pittsburgh



Big East Tournament


University of Pittsburgh



Third place finish in Big East in regular season; 2nd winningest season in Pitt history; most wins in Big East play (18); ranked in Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America and USA Today Top 35 polls; ABCA East Region Coach of the Year; Big East Tournament


University of Pittsburgh



Third place finish in Big East in regular season; Big East Tournament; School record six draft picks in 2011 MLB Entry Draft


University of Pittsburgh



Fourth straight appearance in the Big East Tournament


University of Pittsburgh



2013 Big East Coach of the Year, School record 42 wins; school-best eight All-Big East selections, Ranked in all five major polls for first time, No. 16 national ranking (highest ever), seven weeks in the polls (most ever), school record eight sweeps, fifth straight Big East Tournament


University of Pittsburgh



Knocked off first No. 1 team (Virginia) in school history; defeated six teams in the top-25, including a three-game sweep of a ranked Georgia Tech team; the three wins vs. GT also established a program-best six-game home win streak vs. top-25 opponents; extended conference home win streak to 18 games; had three players drafted


University of Pittsburgh



Largest season-opener margin of victory; defeated No. 1 Virginia for second consecutive year, first known Pitt team of any sport to record two years of defeating top-ranked foe; topped No. 11 North Carolina in three-game home series

18Year Pittsburgh Totals



Winningest coach in University of Pittsburgh history

27 Year Career Coaching Totals



Top 30 Active Winningest coach NCAA DI





Westminster College

New Wilmington, PA



Athletic Administration

Slippery Rock University

Slippery Rock, PA