Baseball Adds New and Familiar Faces to Staff



Jan. 21, 2014

BOCA RATON, Fla. - With the 2014 season just around the corner, Florida Atlantic University Baseball Head Coach John McCormack has added new staff members to assist with the upcoming season.

Former FAU outfielder Jeff Fiorentino as well as David Giammaresi, John Lynch and Ashley Kristiansen join the Owls in their first season in Conference USA.

Fiorentino played at FAU from 2002-04 before continuing his career in professional baseball. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the third round of the 2004 draft and made his debut in the major leagues on May 12, 2005. Fiorentino also played for the Oakland A's and spent time in Japan playing for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Fiorentino joins the Owls as a student assistant for the 2014 season.

"To have Jeff helping our guys is fantastic," McCormack said. "He was a great FAU player and of course went on to a big-league career. His experience will only help the players. I enjoyed watching him play and now I will enjoy watching him teach the next generation of FAU ball players."

David Giammaresi will serve as FAU's Director of Baseball Operations. A graduate of Liberty University, Giammaresi was named to the Big South All-Conference Team. He led the Flames in batting average as a senior, hitting .347 and led the team in doubles and walks as a junior. A native of Coral Springs, Fla., Giammaresi has returned home to work with the Owls.

"David brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to this job," McCormack said. "I look forward to working with him to make FAU baseball better"

John Lynch, a native of New Port Richey, Fla., joins the Owls as a student assistant. Lynch attended Tarpon Springs High School, where he played under current FAU Assistant Coach Dickie Hart. The junior is pursuing a degree in criminal justice.

 

 

"John is just starting in his coaching career," McCormack said. "I am glad we were able to give him a chance to get started. He is a hard worker that will be an asset to our club."

Ashley Kristiansen will serve as the team's athletic trainer and will oversee the baseball program's medical efforts as she pursues her master's degree in health promotion and exercise science. She graduated cum laude from the University of Miami in May 2013. While at Miami, the Boca Raton native worked with the football and women's soccer teams, the Florida Christian High School baseball team and at the Uhealth sports medicine clinic.

The Owls open their season with a home doubleheader against Notre Dame on Feb. 15. First pitches are slated for 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. For ticket information, visit FAUSports.com or call 1-866-FAU-OWLS.

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