JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics officially announced on Monday that former Stony Brook University associate head coach Joe Pennucci has been named the new head coach for the Buccaneers’ baseball program.
News Channel 11 Sports learned Sunday afternoon that the new head coach would be Pennucci. D1baseball.com was the first to report the hire.
Pennucci spent the last 11 seasons with the Seawolves. He helped lead the program to four NCAA Regionals, highlighted by a College World Series appearance in 2012 after defeating LSU in the Super Regional. Pennucci also served as the teams’ recruiting coordinator.
“This is such a wonderful opportunity to be a part of this university and baseball program,” Pennucci said. “I want to thank President Noland, Dr. Sander, Scott Carter and the entire administration. I am looking forward to getting to work and I am excited to jump in with both feet.”
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Richard Sander said on Monday, He’s the right fit for ETSU.
“Joe Pennucci personifies the work ethic and commitment to excellence that we have developed at ETSU,” Sander said. “He has been one of the key ingredients in developing a mid-major program that has had incredible success. Advancing to the College World Series plus numerous appearances in the NCAA Tournament demonstrates the type of success that accompanies Coach Pennucci.”
He will be taking over for Tony Skole, who left ETSU for the Citadel this offseason.
We’ll have more on this story as it develops.