San Jose State University promoted interim baseball head coach Brad Sanfilippo to head coach on Tuesday. Sanfilippo took over as the Spartans’ interim baseball head coach on January 29, three weeks before the start of the regular season.
According to the SJSU Athletics website, Sanfilippo now has a five-year contact with the university.
SJSU Athletic Director Marie Tuite shared a few observations she has liked about head coach Sanfilippo’s coaching style, according to the SJSU Athletics website.
“I've watched Coach Sanfilippo for some time now, and his ‘student-center’ philosophy and vision match the same values I have for our program,” Tuite said. “I'm thrilled he will be directing our baseball program and provide some much needed consistency. We welcome Brad, Colleen and Frances to the Spartan family.”
The Spartans finished the 2018 season 27-30, while posting a 16-14 record in Mountain West Conference games and finished in third place in the conference. San Jose State ended the season with winning 13 out of their last 17 conference games and qualified for the four team conference tournament.
Sanfilippo expressed his gratitude after being promoted to head coach of the Spartan baseball team, according to the SJSU Athletics website.
“I am excited and grateful for this opportunity to become the next baseball coach at San José State. I want to thank athletics director Marie Tuite and the selection committee for placing their trust in me and the program in my hands,” Sanfilippo said. “I am committed to the success of our student-athletes on the field, in the classroom and in our community.”
Sanfilippo had previously been an assistant baseball coach with the SJSU baseball team in 2013 and 2014 and was also an assistant coach at the University of California-Berkeley from 2010 to 2012 and then again in 2015 to 2017.