Now in his 16th season on the Hilltop, Nino Giarratano has guided the Dons baseball PROGRAM to unprecedented success over his tenure.
The three-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year has led USF to two WCC championships, three postseason appearances and the most wins in PROGRAM history (432 and counting). Forty-one players have been named to the All-WCC First Team, including two WCC Player of the Year awards, two WCC Defensive Player of the Year honors and a WCC Pitcher of the Year selection.
Along the way, he has helped to develop players and have had numerous Dons drafted by Major League Baseball teams. In the last 10 seasons, 29 Diamond Dons have been selected and some have even reached the pinnacle of the sport.
Following the 2012 season, right-handed pitcher Kyle Zimmer was selected fifth overall by the Kansas City Royals. It was the highest a Don had ever been selected.
Assistant Baseball Coach
Troy Nakamura is no stranger to the Hilltop and enters his 20th season associated with USF baseball.
He was promoted in the summer of 2013 to associate head coach after spending the last 15 years as one of the team's assistants. Throughout this time, he has played a critical role in the recruitment and development of players who have donned Green and Gold.
During his coaching career at USF, Nakamura has coached 10 All-West Coast Conference outfielders including Scott Cousins, who was an All-American and the WCC Player of the Year in 2006, and Pete Lavin.
Seth Etherton, a former first team All-American at the University of Southern California and major leaguer whose PROFESSIONAL CAREER spanned 13 seasons, is in his first season as pitching coach for the Dons.
Etherton replaces Greg Moore '01, who was named head coach at Cal State Northridge on June 21 after a nine-year stay on the Hilltop.
"We are very excited to welcome Seth Etherton to the USF baseball family," said Giarratano. "As a former player who won a national championship and pitched in the major leagues, Seth brings a wealth of knowledge and a great understanding of the game to his position. I'm confident Seth's TEACHING abilities will be a tremendous asset to a staff of talented pitchers, and USF will continue to be a destination for the top players in college baseball."
Volunteer Assistant Coach
A former Los Angeles Dodgers prospect and Bay Area native, Domecus attended Marin Catholic HS (Kentfield, CA), where he was a three-sport star, playing baseball, football and basketball. He was named as an all-state defensive end and set the Marin Catholic career record in sacks.
After hitting .370 with 10 home runs and 42 RBI for Moorpark College (Moorpark, CA), the Chicago White Sox selected Domecus in the 38th round of the 2008 MLB Draft, but he chose to pursue college baseball.
The Dodgers later picked Domecus in the ninth round of the 2010 draft after he hit .365 with 60 RBI, 13 homers and a school-record 27 doubles for Virginia Tech. Domecus lead the ACC in regular season Batting in 2009 with a .406 average and graduated with a BS in Economics. In addition to his 2010 All-American and 2009 All-ACC performer selctions, Domecus holds the school record for most hits in a season (92) and assists by a catcher.
Domecus played three years of professional baseball in the Dodgers' farm system, before joining the Independent League in 2013 to play for the Sioux Falls Canaries.
Director of Camps and Operations
Joe Slater, a former COLLEGE AND professional player, comes to USF with a mixture of experiences, ranging from coaching to playing at the international and local levels.
Slater grew up Mill Valley, Calif. before moving to Sonoma County where he attended Rancho Cotate High School where he played baseball all four years.
After a trip to the North Coast Section Championship, he moved across town to play at Sonoma State University from 2005 to 2009. Slater was part of the 2008 team that was ranked No. 1 in Division II and went 52-15, including a 23-game win streak, en route to the school's first ever College World Series birth. The Seawolves were knocked out in the semifinals and finished third in the nation. He led the 2009 team to the Western Regional Finals while batting .346, with 13 doubles and 23 RBI and a .995 fielding percentage.