Canes Baseball Gets New Skipper


Canes Baseball Gets New Skipper

Gino DiMare has some big shoes to fill. Following two Hall of Fame coaches is never easy. His experience as a Miami baseball player and staff member for 20 years will help him break in those new shoes. Miami AD Blake James in announcing the 10th coach in the program’s history said, “There was no question at any point that he was the right person to grab the baton from Coach Morris and carry on this program.”

DiMare played for the Canes under Hall of Fame coach Ron Fraser from 1989-1992. Following Miami DiMare signed as a free agent with the Boston Red Sox playing in their minor league system. He then returned to the Miami area where he was an assistant for a local high school.

He began as a Miami assistant in 1997 and became associate head coach and recruiting coordinator in 2011. Additional duties include working with the Hurricanes hitters and outfielders.

Canes Baseball Gets New Skipper

When DiMare started his coaching career at Miami the Canes were coming off a runner-up finish at the College World Series. After that the team added 17 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. In addition the team earned 10 College World Series berths and topped it off with two titles in 1999 and 2001.

The process of determining the future of the program apparently began in 2015. James spoke with DiMare about where things would turn following Morris’ tenure. DiMare realized the possibilities, “Never in my wildest dreams as a kid did I think I was going to be a coach here.”

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Miami hasn’t made the NCAA tournament over the last two years but the potential, based on returning depth and experience is there.

“I understand the significance of this program as good as anybody,” DiMare said. Nobody wants this program to succeed more than me.”

At Tuesday’s announcement the new coach put a fine point on the future of Miami baseball. “I want to make sure that we create our own history.”

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