- School San Jose State University
Sam Piraro has coached college baseball for over 35 years.
An infielder in college, Piraro was graduate assistant at San Jose State, his alma mater, in 1974. He remained an assistant through 1979. Piraro hired as the coach of Mission College in 1980. Starting a program from scratch, he went 190-70 in 7 years and was named California Community College Coach of the Year in 1981 and 1983. He returned to San Jose as head coach in the summer of 1986; he missed 2003 due to medical reasons but was otherwise head coach through 2012. He was named Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1997, 2000, 2008 and 2009. He took the team to the 2000 College World Series, their first-ever College World Series trip. He was 726-540-6 in his first 22 seasons at San Jose State, giving him 916 career wins. Sam has coached future major leaguers Kevin Frandsen, Anthony Telford and Jeff Ball.
Source: SJSU bio