ROCK HILL, SC–Winthrop head baseball coach Tom Riginos today announced the promotion of Clint Chrysler to the position of assistant head coach.
“I am very excited to announce this well-deserved promotion for Clint. He is a tireless worker and takes great pride in being a big part of Winthrop Baseball program,” said Riginos. “I feel very fortunate to have Clint on my staff. He is very loyal to me and to the program. Coach Chrysler is a rising star in this business and has a great future.”
Chrysler’s promotion does not involve a change in the salary he received last year as the Eagles’ pitching coach.
A native of Clear Lake, TX, Chrysler was a member of the first recruiting class that Coach Riginos brought in at Stetson University in 1994. He played three seasons as a two-way player for the Hatters and accumulated a 14-10 record on the mound with a 3.80 ERA. As a hitter, Chrysler had a career average of .309, including a career-high .344 average as a junior. He helped lead Stetson to two NCAA Tournament appearances in three seasons and currently holds the single-game pitching record by throwing 11 innings against Florida International on May 15, 1997. He graduated from Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, FL in 1994. As a player at Boca Ciega, Chrysler earned First Team All-Suncoast and All-State honors. He was drafted in the 47th round of the 1994 Major League Draft by the New York Yankees, but instead chose to attend Stetson.
Chrysler left the Hatter baseball program after his junior season when he was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 17th round of the 1997 Major League Draft. He spent nine years playing professional baseball with the Mariners (1997-99) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (2000-04), and reached as high as the AAA level playing for the Pirates (Nashville Sound). During his professional career, Chrysler was named to two minor league All-Star teams.
After completing his professional playing career, Chrysler returned to Stetson as an assistant coach for two years before rejoining Riginos at Winthrop four years ago. During his time with the Hatters, Chrysler was in charge of the outfielders, assisted with the hitters and pitchers, as well as serving as the first-base coach and baseball camp coordinator.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Supervision and Management from Daytona State College in December of 2009.