July 7, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Head Baseball Coach Jeff Waggoner has announced the hiring of Joe Renner as an Assistant Coach with the Thundering Herd.
Renner, a native of Lima, Ohio, will coach the Marshall pitchers. He has served as a pitching coach since the 1995 season, working with 22 pitchers who advanced to the professional level.
"Joe brings a great deal of experience to our team," Waggoner said. "He does a great job of developing pitchers. Justin Moore and Shane Farrell worked with him in the past and have shown a great deal of improvement after working with him."
Renner comes to Marshall from the College of Mount St. Joseph, which is located in Cincinnati. He worked as the pitching coach there since March of 2008 and helped lead the team to the HCAC Conference Regular Season Championship.
While at Mount St. Joseph, Renner spent four months in the summer of 2008 coaching the pitchers of the Delaware Cows of the Great Lakes Collegiate League.
Prior to his time at Mount St. Joseph, he worked four five years at the Champions Baseball Academy in Cincinnati as a Pitching Instructor. In the summer of 2005, he was the Pitching Coach for the Champions Summer College League Team before managing the squad a year later.
Before working for Champions, Renner held four pitching coach positions, working at Miami (Ohio) from 2000-02, the Midland Redskins, an amateur team from Cincinnati, from 1997-2002, Northern Kentucky University from 1995-97 and the Minot Mallards of the Prairie League in 1995. He also worked heavily in recruiting in his positions at Midland and Northern Kentucky.
He has had a great deal of postseason success as a coach, leading Midland to the Connie Mack National Championship in 1997 and 98 and finishing runner up in the Mid-American Conference Tournament in 2001.
"We believe that Joe will help us put out one of the best pitching staffs in Conference USA," Waggoner added. "His expertise will help us get to the next level."
Renner graduated from Northern Kentucky in 2000 with a B.S. in Sociology. He was a four-year letterman for the NKU baseball team from 1989-92.
What they are saying about Renner:
Tracy Smith - Head Coach - Indiana University
"Joe is a knowledgeable and hard-working coach. His impact will be felt immediately at Marshall University."
J.D. Heilmann - Pitching Coach - Xavier University
"Joe is one of the best pitching coaches I have ever worked with, players will show great improvement under him."
Brian Hiler - Scout - Kansas City Royals/General Manager - Midland Redskins
"Every pitcher he was worked with has gotten better. He just has a great rapport with kids."
Professional Players Coached:
Aaron Cook - Colorado Rockies - 2nd Round - 1997
Eric Fisher - Chicago White Sox - 7th Round - 1998
Steve Kelly - Cincinnati Reds - 4th Round - 2001
Antwoine Anderson - Florida Marlins - 32nd Round - 1997
Curtus Moak - Cincinnati Reds - 25th Round - 2001
Mike McNutt - Florida Marlins - 25th Round - 2000
Jon Uhl - Philadelphia Phillies - 37th Round - 2000
Brandan Spillers - Baltimore Orioles - 6th Round - 2000
Scott Lewis - Anaheim Angels - 33rd Round - 2001
Ryan Morgan - Atlanta Braves - 41st Round - 2001
Chad Borek - New York Yankees - 46th Round - 2001
Travis Foley - Cleveland Indians - 4th Round - 2001
Judd Richardson - Milwaukee Brewers - 5th Round - 2001
Justin Knoedler - San Francisco Giants - 6th Round - 2001
Scott Wiggins - New York Yankees - 7th Round - 1997
Randy Hamilton - New York Mets - 32nd Round - 1997
Chris Leonard - Toronto Blue Jays - 8th Round - 2002
(2001 Cape Cod League Player of the Year)
Russ Bayer - Pittsburgh Pirates - 20th Round - 2002
Billy Kieninger - Detroit Tigers - 26th Round - 2002
Wes Whisler - Chicago White Sox - 2nd Round - 2004
Matt Klinker - Cincinnati Reds - 13th Round - 2006
John Lamb - Kansas City Royals - 5th Round - 2008