July 14, 2010
PITTSBURGH – University of Pittsburgh head baseball coach Joe Jordano has been named the 2010 American Baseball Coaches Association East Region Coach of the Year.
“I am honored and humbled,” said Jordano. “To be recognized by your peers is incredible, but this award goes equally to my staff and players as well.”
After leading the Panthers to a 38-18 record on the year and a third place finish in the regular season, Jordano earned his seventh career coach of the year accolade. Jordano was a three-time Louisville Slugger GLIAC Coach of the Year winner (1995, 1996, 1997) and a two time GLIAC Coach of the Year (1996, 1997) while at Mercyhurst and also earned Big East Conference Coach of the Year honors once while at Pitt (2004).
The Panthers’ record-breaking season featured the longest winning streak in Pitt history (11 games), the highest-ever ranking in the Collegiate Baseball poll (19th) and the first-ever ranking in the Baseball America poll (24th).
For the second straight season, Pitt had a player earn All-America honors, this year in junior third baseman Joe Leonard. Leonard would go on to become the highest drafted player under Jordano and highest at Pitt since 1985 after being selected in the third round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves.
Pitt’s offense ranked second in the nation with a team batting average of .364 and fifth in runs scored at 9.5 a game also featured a starting lineup that batted at least .320 with two .400 hitters.