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December 3, 2013

Hughes announces addition of Pinzino to staff

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Oklahoma head baseball coach Pete Hughes has named Jamie Pinzino as the program's new pitching coach.

Pinzino, a 12-year veteran in the collegiate ranks and seven-year head coach, heads to Norman after one-year as the head coach at William & Mary.

"I am honored and thankful to have this opportunity," said Pinzino. "To coach at Oklahoma is to have the c hance to work with some of the best players in the country and compete for a National Championship every year. Coach Hughes is a proved winner and I look forward to the chance to work with him and the rest of the Sooner staff and players. I am eager to get started with practice, and to see what we can accomplish in the next few seasons."

During his one-year campaign as head coach at William & Mary, Pinzino led the Tribe to a school-record 39 wins, a trip to the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament and was named the Co-CAA Coach of the Year. William & Mary scored wins over Mississippi twice in the Raleigh Regional before being knocked out by North Carolina State.

"Jamie has won wherever he has been and his track record for developing successful pitching staffs speaks for itself," said Hughes. "He will be a great resource for both our players and staff. This is a great day for our program. We just hired a great coach and a great person."

Pinzino was hired as the head coach at William & Mary following one season as an assistant coach with the program in 2012. As pitching coach for the Tribe, his staff led the CAA in earned run average (3.01), opponent batting average (.245), while allowing fewest hits (445) and walks (126). The team-ERA also ranked 13th in the nation.

Matt Davenport earned CAA Pitcher of the Year and was named First Team All-East Region, while also being drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the No. 34 round of the MLB First-Year Draft.

Prior to joining the William & Mary baseball program Pinzino previously served as the head coach at Bryant University from 2006-2010. In his five seasons at Bryant, the Bulldogs posted at 162-122 record, while transitioning from the Division II Northeast-10 to the Division I Northeast Conference. In 2010, Bryant would claim the NEC regular season championship with a 29-7 league record while Pinzino claimed the NEC Coach of the Year award.

Pinzino is a 1997 graduate of Tufts University with a bachelor's degree in history, later earning a master's degree from the school of education in educational studies during his assisant coaching stint with the Jumbos. He was a four-year letterwinner at Tufts, helping the Jumbos win three ECAC championships.

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