Jesuit High has hired former University of Tampa catcher and first baseman Miguel Menendez as its new varsity baseball coach, the school announced Thursday.
Menendez, a baseball coach at Key West High since 2000 and former an associate scout for the Tampa Bay Rays, replaces Richie Warren, who left the position to become the new head baseball coach at Berkeley Prep following the season.
“This opportunity is extraordinary,’’ said Menendez in a statement released by the school Thursday. “Jesuit High School represents the best in academics and athletics, and I’m honored to become part of such a rich tradition of excellence. I look forward to joining the faculty, and the whole Jesuit family, and continuing the great success.”
Menendez inherits a team that won the Class 5A state baseball title this past season and four titles overall in the past 20 years.
“We are extremely excited to have Coach Menendez taking the helm of the Jesuit baseball program and joining our faculty,’’ said Jesuit athletic director Terry Rupp. “He has the talent, experience, and character to lead our baseball program and our students in fulfilling the mission of Jesuit High School.’’
As a college player, Menendez was All-Conference for UT’s 1998 Division II national champions.
At Jesuit, Menendez will be a full-time faculty member in the Social Studies department as well as baseball head coach.