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Coral Gables, Fla. – Lou Palmisano has been selected as the new volunteer assistant coach for the University of Miami baseball team, announced Wednesday afternoon by head coach Jim Morris. Palmisano is set to begin his duties immediately.
Palmisano comes to UMiami after spending the last year as an assistant coach at Broward College. While there, he worked primarily with hitters and catchers.
“I grew up a Hurricanes fan and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Palmisano. “I’m just looking forward to coming in and getting to work.”
A former student-athlete at Broward College from 2001-03, Palmisano was taken in the third round of the Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2003. In 2005, Palmisano was selected as a Florid State League (FSL) Mid-Season All-Star. He was also recognized as a Mid-Season All-Star for the Southern League (SOU) from 2006-07.
Palmisano would go on to be added to the Milwaukee Brewers’ 40-man roster in 2008.
“Lou comes very highly recommended to us from Broward College and the Milwaukee Brewers,” said Morris. “I feel he will make a tremendous contribution to our team and fits our needs perfectly.”
In 2009, Palmisano switched over to the Houston Astros organization, seeing active time on the franchise’s 25-man roster throughout the year. Throughout his career, the Utica, N.Y. native carried a lifetime average of .297 with an on-base percentage of .372 and a slugging percentage of .416.
“[Coach] Morris is a man with a lot of experience, and I can’t think of anyone else to work and coach under than him,” added Palmisano.
While at UMiami, Palmisano will work primarily with catchers and work alongside assistant coach Gino DiMare with hitters.