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USF adds Two to Coaching Staff

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SAN FRANCISCO — USF baseball coach Nino Giarratano announced the addition of two new staff members to his program.

Chris Hom joins the Dons as a volunteer assistant coach and Matt Hiserman will be the team’s Director of Program Development.

Hom comes to San Francisco after coaching at the University of California-San Diego, a Division II program that plays in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, for three seasons. While at UC-San Diego, Hom’s teams advanced to the College World Series in 2010 and 2009, playing in the national title game in 2010. During both years, UC-San Diego was ranked No. 1 in the country at various times during the season. The Tritons won three conference titles and hosted a regional for the first time in school history in 2011.

“We are excited to have Chris aboard,” Giarratano said. “He comes to us from a great program and a great academic institution. We foresee wonderful things coming from our relationship.”

Hom worked with hitters and infielders at UC San Diego in addition to working with the team’s academics, travel, team gear, recruiting and budget. The Tritons led the country in fielding percentage in 2010 and 2009. Hom also coached the national Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 and 2009 in Vance Albitz.

Prior to beginning coaching at UC San Diego, Hom played for the Tritons for four years.

“I’m excited to work with an outstanding coaching staff that has one of the best reputations in collegiate baseball,” Hom said. “I’m looking forward to helping to continue to build to the winning tradition at San Francisco.”

Hiserman finished his collegiate baseball career for the Dons this past spring, helping the Dons to the 2011 West Coast Conference championship. The right-handed pitcher finished his career sixth in program history in career strikeouts with 176. Hiserman was a four-time WCC Pitcher of the Week, two-time WCC all-academic selection and an honorable mention all-WCC selection in 2008.

“Matt was a wonderful student-athlete at USF and we are blessed to have him on our staff after he completed such a great playing career,” Giarratano said. “Having him now build our program from an operational standpoint will be great for our program.”

Hiserman graduated with a finance degree in the spring of 2010 and began in USF’s Sports Management masters’ program in January of 2011. His anticipated graduation from the Sports Management program is December of 2012.

In addition to playing for the Dons, Hiserman has also coached camps and coached in the Junior Dons youth program. This summer, he was the associate head coach for the Fontanetti Athletics summer league team in San Jose.

“To have been part of the USF baseball family was such a privilege and now to be welcomed as a member of the staff is an exceptional honor,” Hiserman said. “I’m looking forward to learning a whole new side of baseball from this exceptional staff and aiding in the future success of the program.”