The Panthers Pitching Staff Will Be Led by Preseason All-Big East First Team Selection Matt Iannazzo
Tom Lipari enters his second year as an assistant baseball coach for the Panthers. In just his first season at Pitt, Lipari brought immediate success to the pitching staff. He guided two pitchers to the 2011 MLB Entry Draft. Senior Redshirt sophomore Ray Black was selected in the 7th round by the San Francisco Giants while senior Corey Baker was chosen in the 49th round by the St. Louis Cardinals. Lipari led junior Matt Iannazzo to an 8-3 record on the mound and an All-BIG EAST second team selection. Iannazzo also garnered the conference's Pitcher of the Week award in May. In addition to Iannazzo, Lipari helped Baker become the school's all-time career wins leader. The Panthers' squad finished third in the BIG EAST regular season for the second consecutive year. Pitt advanced to the conference championships for the fourth time in five years.
Before joining the Panthers, Lipari spent a two years at Youngstown State, servingas the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
With the Penguins, Lipari additionally handled all team travel duties and headed up the conditioning and strength training regimens for the squad.
Prior to his time at Youngstown State, Lipari was a volunteer assistant at Michigan State from 2007-08, serving as the team's pitching coach and director of David Grewe's Top 9 Baseball Camps.
In 2007, Lipari helped lead the St. Cloud Riverbats to the Northwoods League title as the team's pitching coach. He got his start in coaching as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, where he served from 2005-07.
Lipari earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of New Orleans, where he suited up for the 2001-02 seasons. In 2001, Lipari was named the National Collegiate Player of the Week for his nine-inning no-hitter against Southern Mississippi. And in 2002, he became just the fourth player in UNO history to record over 100 strikeouts in one season.
Lipari started his collegiate playingcareer at Indian Hills Community College in Centerville, Iowa. During his freshman season (1998), he helped lead the team to a third-place finish at the Junior College World Series.
The Omaha, Neb. native went on to play in the San Diego Padres organization for the Eugene Emeralds, Ft. Wayne Wizards and the Lake Elsinore Storm. In 2004, Lipari played for the Houston Astros affiliate Salem Avalanche and concluded his playing career with a two-year stint with the Sioux City Explorers in 2005-06.
Lipari is married to the former Rebecca Blackman, originally from Omaha, Neb. They currently reside in Pittsburgh.