STARKVILLE, Miss. (WJTV) – A day after being formally introduced in his new position, Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen’s first move was to fill the void he left.
The Bulldogs announced the hiring of Andy Cannizaro as its new baseball coach on Saturday morning.
“We are thrilled to welcome Andy to the Mississippi State baseball family,” Cohen said in a release. “When you look at all of the characteristics we need in a baseball coach at Mississippi State, Andy is the perfect fit. He has an outstanding resume as a recruiter and scout in evaluating and developing talent. He’s been around some of the best minds in all of baseball during his college and professional career. His personality and knowledge of the game will benefit our players.”
The school announced Cannizaro will be introduced at a press conference at 3 p.m. on Monday. He is the 17th head baseball coach in Mississippi State history.
“I am extremely honored and humbled by the opportunity to become the head baseball coach at Mississippi State and would like to thank President Keenum and John Cohen for trusting me to continue the success of this historic program into the future,” Cannizaro said in a release. “My family and I could not be more excited to become a part of the Starkville community. Our team and our staff understand the tradition and pride in Mississippi State baseball and will be relentless in our pursuit of our first national championship.”
Cannizaro comes from LSU, where he has served as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator since July 2014. He coached six Tiger batters that went on to be honored as All-Americans. Eleven hitters would be drafted, with five going in the first five rounds.
Prior to joining LSU, Cannizaro served as an amateur scout for the New York Yankees from 2009-2014. He is also a former MLB player, playing for the Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Indians, and Chicago White Sox from 2001-2009.