Nov. 1, 2010
Pitt baseball head coach Joe Jordano has been named the as the first-ever Chuck Tanner Collegiate Baseball Manager of the Year by the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh.
“I am honored to be the first recipient of this award,” Jordano said. “To be a part of this great event that recognizes Chuck Tanner, a manager that I have always admired, makes it even more special. This award is a testament to my players and my incredible staff who continues to work hard to make Pitt baseball among the best in college baseball. I am humbled and very grateful.”
"Joe has been an important member of the Pitt team," Pitt Athletic Director Steve Pederson said. "Certainly it is an honor for Joe and our program to be mentioned alongside Chuck Tanner. With our new stadium and an exciting team, this should be the beginning of the best era in the history of Pitt Baseball."
Jordano, who was also named the American Baseball Coaches Association’s East Region Coach of the Year in 2010, helped lead the Panthers to a third place finish in Big East play. Jordano’s 2010 squad put together the Panthers’ longest winning streak in school history (11 games) and achieved its highest ranking in Collegiate Baseball (19th) and the school’s first-ever ranking in Baseball America (24th).
Jordano coached Joe Leonard to All-America honors to give the Panthers back-to-back All-Americans in 2009 and 2010. Additionally, Leonard went on to become Jordano’s highest drafted player, and highest at Pitt since 1985, going in the third round to the Atlanta Braves.
Jordano, who will be presented the award on Nov. 20 at the organization’s annual banquet, directed a Pitt offense that ranked second in the nation in 2010 with a team batting average of .364. This year, the banquet will be held at Rivers Club, beginning at 6 p.m.
“We are proud of Joe and his staff’s diligent work with the Pitt baseball program and it’s fitting that he is being recognized in this way,” Pitt Associate Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations Paul Klaczak said. “It is an exciting time for Pitt, taking into consideration the completion of our new baseball facility, and we look forward to Joe leading us to future successes.”
Also to be honored is Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies as the 2010 Chuck Tanner Major League Baseball manager of the Year, Former winners include Joe Torre, Joe Maddon and Ron Gardenhire.
To purchase tickets to the banquet or to find other ways to support the event, go to www.pittsburghrotary.org, or call 412-471-6210. This charitable event and its silent auction of sports memorabilia and other items will be used to support Pittsburgh Rotary Club operations and its programs.