Marshall head baseball coach Jeff Waggoner announced Friday, July 7 that Joe Renner will return as the program’s pitching coach/recruiting coordinator.
Renner held the same position with the Thundering Herd for four seasons (2010-2013).
Renner comes back to Huntington after four years as Mount St. Joseph University’s pitching coach, which was his second stint with that program as well (2008-09). The Lions steadily improved while Renner was on staff, posting a winning record last season (24-20) en route to a runner-up finish in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament.
“My wife Julie and I are really excited to rejoin Marshall Baseball and to be coaching once again in Conference USA, one of the nation’s best baseball leagues,” said Renner. “I want to thank Coach Waggoner for bringing me back to a fine staff and I can’t wait to get started.”
During his first stint with Marshall, Renner helped built two top-50 recruiting classes, and recruited and developed pitcher Aaron Blair, who went on to become a supplemental, first round major league draft pick (the highest draft pick in Marshall history). Renner was also instrumental in aiding 2017 AAA All-Star Kevin Shackelford’s transition from catcher to pitcher during his first season. In November of 2012, Renner was promoted to Associate Head Coach at Marshall.
“I’m very excited to have Joe back because we have a great working relationship,” said Waggoner. “When he was on staff previously, our pitching staff was the best it had ever been. Joe has a passion for teaching and developing student-athletes and I know our guys will be excited to work him.”
Renner’s coaching experience also includes two years at NCAA Division I Miami University, two years at NKU, and eight years in the Midland baseball summer program where he helped lead teams to three national championships. He also spent numerous years at the Champions Baseball Academy as a pitching instructor.
Renner is 2000 graduate of Northern Kentucky University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. He also played NCAA Division II baseball for the Norse four seasons and two seasons in the Great Lakes Summer League.