It’s now every sort of official: Former Tennessee baseball assistant Bill Mosiello will join new coach Dave Serrano’s staff as UT’s hitting coach and recruiting coordinator.
UT announced the hire Monday, two days after Mosiello’s previous employer, the Class AA Arkansas Travelers, announced his resignation as the team’s manager.
“The timing obviously wasn’t great with me leaving the Angels organization and that was unfortunate, but opportunities like this don’t happen every day,” Mosiello said in a university statement.
“I can’t put into words what a special place this is, especially with Dave leading the program. Things happened quickly but I just feel that everything is lining up to give us a unique chance to get this place going again. We all left great situations and have a lot on the line, but as big as the challenge may be, the rewards are even greater.”
Mosiello, 46, was a Vols assistant under Rod Delmonico 1993-94 before leaving for a similar position at Ole Miss. He was in his third year with the Los Angeles Angels organization before opting to join his childhood friend Serrano’s staff at UT.
Mosiello has 17 years of coaching at the collegiate level and seven more in the minor leagues. He was 196-147 with the Angels and 394-304 overall in his career.
In UT’s release, Serrano called Mosiello his “battery mate” throughout Little League. The two also were high school and junior college teammates and coached on the same staff at Cerritos College in the early 1990s.
“Since then, he has been successful at every level of baseball imaginable, both collegiately and professionally,” Serrano said. “I am extremely excited to be able to add a coach of his caliber to our staff and look forward to working with him and Coach (Greg) Bergeron to get this program back to the top.”
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