Nov. 26, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh Baseball team has officially added former Creighton volunteer assistant coach Shane Liska to its coaching staff, head coach Joe Jordano announced today.
“I’m very excited to add Shane Liska to our coaching staff,” said Jordano. “He brings a very unique quality to our program. Not only is he a Pittsburgh native but he has pitched at a very high level, including the NCAA Tournament, and has also coached at a high level as well.”
“To get a young man that has not only the playing experience but also a couple of years of coaching experience for this position is very gratifying for us,” Jordano continued. “I have no doubts that Shane will make a great addition to our staff.”
Liska arrives at Pitt after working as a volunteer assistant coach at Creighton in 2013. While with the Jays, Liska helped CU to a 30-18 record, including a 13-8 mark in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Under Liska’s tutelage, four Jays earned MVC honors including sophomore Jake Peter who was invited to participate in a Team USA training camp, named an ABCA Second Team All-Region performer and was a finalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award.
Prior to his time as the Volunteer Assistant at Creighton, Liska appeared in 20 games including eight starts, on the mound for the Jays in 2012 as a graduate transfer. He closed the season with a 3-4 record, including an impressive 3.27 ERA in 55.0 innings. Liska held opponents to just a .214 batting average, recording 54 strikeouts. Two of his three victories on the season came at critical times as Liska notched wins in the MVC Tournament (11-5 vs. Illinois State) and the NCAA Tournament (8-2 vs. San Diego).
Before coming to Creighton, Liska earned his undergraduate degree at Xavier (2008-11). In his three seasons on the field with the Musketeers, Liska made a combined 33 appearances, tossing 40.0 innings.