Miami Dade College Hires Veteran Skipper as Sharks Head Coach
Danny Price succeeds Steve Hertz who recently retired as head baseball coach
Miami, May 27, 2010 -
Miami Dade College (MDC), one of the nation’s premier college baseball programs, hired veteran skipper Danny Price today as head coach.
Price, who had coached at Florida International University (FIU) for 28 seasons from 1980 to 2007, accumulating 1,086 wins, takes over the Sharks program from Steve Hertz, who was at the helm of the program for 26 seasons, accumulating 945 wins. During that span, Price became one of the few collegiate baseball coaches to record a thousand coaching victories, reaching that milestone on March 10, 2005. Hertz retired from the college as a professor in 2008, but remained aboard as baseball coach until deciding to hang up the cleats this year.
Price is well known in South Florida circles and beyond, as he enjoyed success as the leader of the FIU program that appeared in 10 NCAA Regionals and won four Trans America and Sun Belt Conference championships. Some of his former players include Mike Lowell (Red Sox), Brad Eldred (Rockies), Josh Banks (Padres), Mark Worrell (Cardinals) and many other professional players.
“This is an absolutely great opportunity that came to me at the right time in my life,” Price said. “I am very much looking forward to getting back on the field with student-athletes and being around the greatest game in the world at a great institution.”
Miami Dade College has been home to some of the most successful coaches at any level, including Demie Mainieri who started the program at the college in 1960, won 1,012 games and had such names on his rosters as Warren Cromartie, Mickey Rivers, Mike Piazza, John Cangelosi and Kurt Bevacqua; Charles Greene who won 935 games tutoring the likes of Alex Fernandez, Raul Ibañez and Orlando Palmeiro; and Hertz who coached Placido Polanco, Jaime Navarro, Omar Olivares and Alex Torres. In all, there are 70 MDC alumni who have made it to the Major Leagues and nearly 400 more who have played at some level of professional baseball after leaving the MDC program. Many others have also gone on to succeed in business.
“There is no college in the nation that has a richer tradition and record of professional players than Miami Dade College,” added Price. “This is a very desirable job for any coach who wants to coach baseball. MDC has the location, reputation, history, vision and support to continue the quality of the program into the future.”
“Our history of outstanding coaches will continue with Danny at the helm,” said Dr. Armando Ferrer, president of the Kendall Campus where the program is based. “He is fully immersed in our community, he lives and breathes baseball, has shown tremendous energy and has laid out a plan of success for our student-athletes.”
Price will officially begin his duties as Head coach on Tuesday, June 1.
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