Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Whitman-Hanson Announces New Baseball Coach

Whitman – Whitman-Hanson Regional High School announced this morning the appointment of Chris Catanoso as its new varsity baseball coach.  Catanoso brings a wealth of baseball experience to the Panthers most recently managing the Rimini Pirates to 3 consecutive Italian Cup Championship and 2 straight European Cup Finals.  He has been a player, manager, pitching coach, 3rd base coach and hitting coach at many different levels of professional baseball.  He has coached several MLB players including former Red Sox shortstop Edgar Renteria.  He has also played for and coached with some great baseball minds including Dr. Mike Marshall, Bill Plummer and Wally Backman.

“Obviously we are thrilled to have a coach with such an incredible baseball pedigree.  It’s not a cliché to say baseball has been Chris’s life.  He loves the game and he exudes that passion. But what really sold us on him as the right fit are the positive relationships he builds with anyone he seems to encounter,” Whitman-Hanson Athletic Director Bob Rodgers said.  “Developing baseball players is not easy, but I am confident he will get the very best out of our student athletes.”

Catanoso replaces Hall of Fame coach Dave Fouracre who retired after two seasons with the Panthers.  “It was a rewarding experience for me personally to work with coach Fouracre over the last two years and I know our kids will miss him. That put extra pressure on the coaching search to find a candidate who could build on what Dave had put together.  I am excited to see where coach Catanoso can take this program over the long term,” Rodgers added.

For Catanoso, accepting this position at Whitman-Hanson marks a bit of shift in his coaching career. While he has coached high school level players at many baseball academies, most of his baseball experience has been at the professional level.  “After twenty plus seasons of coaching professional baseball, I know that players and coaches alike must prove their desire, passion and knowledge on a daily basis,” Catanoso said.  “I hope I can give our players some information that will allow them to grow not just in baseball but as individuals as well.  The trademark of teams that I have coached is hard-working, fundamental and unselfish and that is what I expect from my teams at Whitman-Hanson.”

Whitman-Hanson competes in the Keenan Division of the Patriot League.

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