Sept. 27, 2004
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's University Director of Athletics Don DiJulia announces today that Shawn Pender has been named head baseball coach. Among the most respected names in professional baseball for nearly 20 years, Pender is currently completing his commitment as the National Scouting Supervisor for the Baltimore Orioles.
Regarded among the top evaluators of talent in professional baseball, he has spent the last 18 years working in various capacities for five different major league teams. In his most recent position as National Scouting Supervisor in Baltimore, he oversaw talent acquisition for the Orioles throughout the United States. He managed a 20 employee department, the training of scouts, as well as contract negotiations in addition to handling special assignments throughout their minor league system.
Pender got his start in professional baseball as a player in 1984 after signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He spent three seasons in the Pirates farm system after a standout career at Rollins College in Florida. The 1985 graduate led the nation with 62 steals in 1984 and finished his career ranked among the schools career leaders in several offensive and defensive categories. He was inducted into Rollins Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.
Following his playing career, Pender returned to Rollins as an assistant coach and recruiter where his recruiting classes established his alma mater as a perennial Division II power, reaching the College World Series in 1988.
Pender returned to professional baseball as an area scout and minor league coach for the Houston Astros from 1988-91. He moved on to the Cleveland Indians where he served as a crosschecker and minor league manager for one season before being named Director of Scouting by Cleveland in 1993. Following his stint with the Indians, Pender spent two seasons as a special assignment scout and minor league coach with the New York Yankees from 1993-95. He then remained in the American League taking the position of East Coast Scouting Supervisor with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays from 1995-98.
A Philadelphia native, he attended Episcopal Academy and the Lawrenceville School. In addition he has produced several nationally recognized instructional baseball videotapes on base running, bunting and defensive techniques.