by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of Pitt Athletics.
After being a volunteer assistant for the past three seasons, the Pitt Panthers have promoted Devin Mesoraco to assistant coach on Tuesday morning.
During his time as a volunteer assistant, Mesoraco worked with catchers and was the first base coach. In this new role, he will continue to work with catchers while serving as the bench coach with a focus on in-game offensive and defensive adjustments.
“I’m very thankful to the University and Coach Bell for allowing me to continue to be part of this program,” Mesoraco said when asked. “The last three years have been incredibly rewarding working with the student athletes at Pitt. Pittsburgh is my home, and I look forward to helping our players for years to come.”
“We are so fortunate to have someone with the knowledge and feel for the game that Devin brings to our program each and every day,” said Coach Mike Bell.
Mesoraco was selected by the Cincinnati Reds with the 15th overall pick in the 2007 MLB Draft. He had a phenomenal prep career at nearby Punxsutawney Area High School. In 2007, he was named the Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year. He spent 8 years in the major leagues, ending his career with a .232 batting average, 58 home runs and 192 RBI’s.