Winthrop Baseball hires new assistant coach

Posted February 4, 2014 3:40 pm | Filed under Sports, Winthrop Athletics

ROCK HILL, SC–Pete Jenkins, a former catcher in the Milwaukee Brewers organization and a college standout at Nebraska, is beginning his first season as a volunteer assistant with the Winthrop baseball program.

Jenkins was drafted by the Brewers in 1996 and went on to play four professional seasons before moving into coaching. Before coming to Winthrop, he served as an assistant coach in 2012 and 2013 at Belmont Abbey College, and prior to that he was a volunteer assistant at Elon and Ohio State.

“I would like to welcome Pete and his family to the Winthrop Baseball family,” said Winthrop head coach Tom Riginos. “He brings a great deal of experience to our program; Pete has coached in the Big Ten, ACC, and the Southern Conference. He will be in charge of the catchers, assist with the hitters and coach first base. With the timing of this hire he has made a great transition into our program.”

During three seasons at Ohio State (2008-2010), he helped lead the Buckeyes to 90 victories and a NCAA Regional appearance. Prior to his stint at Ohio State, Jenkins spent two seasons on the Florida State staff. During his time with the Seminoles, FSU advanced to NCAA Regional play twice. He also had stays at UNC Asheville and Cal State-San Bernardino.

In his lone season at Nebraska, Jenkins hit .320. He began his collegiate career at Riverside Community College in California where he played two years for the traditional junior college powerhouse program.

Jenkins and his wife, Tiffany, have two daughters, Avery Grace and Madison Ann.

Jenkins fills the vacancy created by the departure of John Murrian, a former Winthrop catcher and minor leaguer, who has decided to pursue his dream of playing professional baseball.

“I want thank John for all the hard work he put into the program this fall. He received a call from the Detroit Tigers about six weeks ago, inviting him to attend Major League Spring Training. This was an opportunity that he could not pass up. One day John is going to have a great future as a coach if he chooses, but in the meantime he will still pursue his dream of being a major league baseball player.”