Oklahoma baseball assistant Jamie Pinzino has resigned to be closer to his family and explore other coaching opportunities, head coach Pete Hughes announced Tuesday morning.
“After much consideration, I have decided to pursue coaching opportunities that will allow me to be closer to my wife and son,” stated Pinzino. “I would like to thank Pete Hughes and Joe Castiglione for the opportunity to coach at Oklahoma the past three seasons.
“I have enjoyed my time here, had a chance to work with some special student-athletes and learned a lot, which will make me a better coach in the future. I wish Oklahoma baseball and our returning players nothing but success in 2017 and I look forward to the next chapter of my coaching career.”
Pinzino, who arrived at OU after the 2013 fall ball season, spent the last three springs as the Sooners’ pitching coach. Originally from Marlboro, Mass., he spent the bulk of his early coaching career in New England. His wife Cheryl Milligan recently completed her 12th season as the head softball coach at Division III Tufts University in Medford, Mass.; where both she and Pinzino are alums. Milligan coached the Jumbos to back-to-back-to-back national championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The couple welcomed their first son, Henry, in August 2013.
Pinzino has totaled 16 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, including seven years as a head coach. In his one season as head coach at William & Mary in 2013, he was named the CAA Coach of the Year and led the Tribe to its first NCAA postseason wins. Prior to that, Pinzino was the head coach for five seasons at Bryant University from 2006-2010 and was the head coach at Division II Assumption in 2005. His teams set single-season win records at both William & Mary and Bryant during his head coaching stints. Pinzino, a three-time conference coach of the year, owns a career record of 212-174.
“I have no doubt that Jamie will continue to be successful in this profession,” said Hughes. “His preparedness and knowledge of the game will always open doors for him. His wife Cheryl and son Henry are as lucky to have him closer to home as his next team will be to have them in its dugout.”
Hughes’ search to fill the vacancy will begin immediately.