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Joe Litterio Named Head Baseball Coach
Rutgers alumnus bring 12 years of head coaching experience
  • Posted on February 20, 2014 8:45:17 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 20, 2014) – After working the last two seasons on Fred Hill’s staff, Joe Litterio has been promoted to head baseball coach at Rutgers University. He becomes the 12th leader in program history and only the third since 1961.

    “I am honored and excited to be taking over the Rutgers University baseball program,” Litterio said. “Having had the privilege to be around Coach Hill as a player, a peer and an assistant has been beneficial to me. Being an alum, I will take pride in keeping the Rutgers baseball family together. I would like to thank Julie Hermann for giving me this opportunity. I will work hard to continue the success of the program to bring it to the next level.”

    “With Coach Hill ailing, Joe took the reins for his alma mater and led our program right through what would have otherwise been a very difficult time for our team,” Director of Athletics Julie Hermann said. “We are so grateful for his leadership and so lucky we have a 12-year veteran head coach on deck ready to lead us this season and into the Big Ten.”

    Returning to his alma mater as the lead assistant in 2012, Litterio has spent the last two seasons on staff as the recruiting coordinator, third base coach, scheduler and more. He helped mentor seven all-conference selections during that time, including 2012 BIG EAST Player of the Year Patrick Kivlehan, who is now a top prospect in the Seattle Mariners organization. Litterio’s title was elevated to associate head coach for the 2013 season and he took over the reins of the program in the fall of 2013 after Hill took a leave of absence.

    Litterio played for the Scarlet Knights and Hill as an infielder from 1990 to 1993. His teams won the Atlantic 10 regular season title all four years and earned bids to the NCAA Regionals in 1990, 1991 and 1993. The 1990 Rutgers team came within one win of advancing to the College World Series and recorded the most wins (four) in a single NCAA Tournament in school history. A Second-Team All-Atlantic 10 selection at second base after his junior season, Litterio recorded a .976 fielding percentage for a team that was ranked fourth in the nation in fielding.

    Litterio has 20 years of coaching experience, including 12 as the head coach at Wagner. He left the program as the winningest coach in school history (240) in 2012, guiding eight players to contracts with Major League teams, including 2009 AL Rookie of the Year and MLB All-Star Andrew Bailey. Litterio led the Seahawks to seven postseason appearances after the program had only qualified once previously in school history.

    A tireless worker and recruiter, he won the 2009 Northeast Conference Coach of the Year after leading WC to a school-record 31 wins and the program’s first-ever NEC Regular Season Championship. He coached 22 of the Seahawk’s 44 members of the 100-hit club, including all seven members of the 200-hit club, and mentored numerous players to All-NEC honors.

    The Cranford, N.J., native started his coaching career as a volunteer assistant under Hill immediately following his playing career for the Scarlet Knights before taking a job as coach at Immaculate Conception High School (N.J.). Litterio moved back to the collegiate ranks the following season, landing a job as an assistant coach under Dean Ehehalt at Monmouth University where he spent the next four seasons. The 1998 MU team won the NEC Championship and earned a bid to the NCAA Regionals.

    After spending one season at Winthrop University and earning the Big South Championship and subsequent NCAA Regional spot, Litterio accepted the head coaching job at Wagner – reaching the NCAA Regionals in his first season – and has gone on to earn a reputation as one of the top coaches in the northeast region.

    Litterio and his wife, Michelle, reside in Wall, N.J., with their children – Frances, Mia and Joe. He earned his degree in sociology from Rutgers University in 1994.

    Litterio Year-by-Year
    2014
    Head Coach
    Rutgers
     
     
     
     
    2013
    Associate Head Coach
    Rutgers
    28-30, 14-10 BIG EAST
    BIG EAST Semifinals
    2012
    Assistant Coach
    Rutgers
    31-25, 16-11 BIG EAST
    BIG EAST Tournament
    2011
    Head Coach
    Wagner
    18-33, 12-20 NEC
     
     
    2010
    Head Coach
    Wagner
    26-31, 17-15 NEC
    NEC Tournament (3rd Place)
    2009
    Head Coach
    Wagner
    31-19, 17-9 NEC
    NEC Coach of the Year, RS Champ, Tournament (4rd Place)
    2008
    Head Coach
    Wagner
    27-28, 17-11 NEC
    NEC Tournament (4th Place)
    2007
    Head Coach
    Wagner
    17-34, 11-17 NEC
     
     
    2006
    Head Coach
    Wagner
    18-34, 15-9 NEC
    NEC Tournament (3rd Place)
    2005
    Head Coach
    Wagner
    22-27, 13-10 NEC
    NEC Tournament (4th Place)
    2004
    Head Coach
    Wagner
    20-29, 12-11 NEC
    NEC Tour Runner-Up
    2003
    Head Coach
    Wagner
    11-36, 10-16 NEC
     
     
    2002
    Head Coach
    Wagner
    10-39, 8-19 NEC
     
     
    2001
    Head Coach
    Wagner
    16-30, 8-14 NEC
     
     
    2000
    Head Coach
    Wagner
    24-30, 14-8 NEC
    NCAA, NEC Tour Champ
    1999
    Assistant Coach
    Winthrop
    40-23, 9-6 Big South
    NCAA, Big South Champ
    1998
    Assistant Coach
    Monmouth
    30-21, 10-5 NEC
    NCAA, NEC RS/Tour. Champ
    1997
    Assistant Coach
    Monmouth
    23-25, 11-10 NEC
     
     
    1996
    Assistant Coach
    Monmouth
    25-22, 15-6 NEC
     
     
    1995
    Assistant Coach
    Monmouth
    19-33, 8-13 NEC
     
     
    1994
    Coach
    Immaculate Conception High School
    1994
    Volunteer Coach
    Rutgers
     
     
     
     
    1993
    Student-Athlete
    Rutgers
    38-17, 14-6 A-10
    NCAA, A-10 RS/Tour. Champ
    1992
    Student-Athlete
    Rutgers
    32-17, 14-2 A-10
    A-10 RS Champ
    1991
    Student-Athlete
    Rutgers
    33-24-2, 11-5 A-10
    NCAA, A-10 RS/Tour. Champ
    1990
    Student-Athlete
    Rutgers
    37-19, 14-2 A-10
    NCAA, A-10 RS/Tour. Champ
    COACH
    YEARS
    RECORD
    %
    No Coach 1870-1906 100-155-1 .391
    Frank Gordon 1907 3-8-0 .272
    Frank Cox 1908-1911 18-35-0 .340
    Walter Brodie 1912-1915 32-26-0 .552
    Chaz Piez 1916-1917 6-11-0 .353
    Frank Cox 1918-1925 38-61-2 .380
    Fred Jackitsch 1926-1931 43-42-0 .506
    J Tasker 1932-1937 35-53-2 .393
    Charles Ward 1938-1949 103-77-2 .569
    George M. Case 1950-1960 113-82-3 .575
    Matt Bolger 1961-1983 293-247-7 .539
    Fred Hill 1984-2013 941-658-7 .588
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