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Coletta and Manco Join SJU Baseball Staff
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  11/18/2004

Nov. 18, 2004

PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's University head baseball coach Shawn Pender has announced that Rich Coletta and Greg Manco will join his staff for the 2005 season.

Coletta, a 1992 graduate of Saint Joseph's, returns to Hawk Hill where he was a three-year starter at second base and third base from 1989-92. He has spent the last 12 years as a coach at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in suburban Philadelphia.

Coletta was an assistant coach at Plymouth Whitemarsh for nine seasons before taking over the reins as head coach from 2002-04. His teams captured five league crowns, one district title and a state championship in 1994. That team was ranked sixth in the nation by USA TODAY.

He has also coached in the prestigious Cape Cod League for three seasons with the Harwich Mariners organization. Twenty of his former players went on to be named Division I All-Americans, eight played in the College World Series and one captured an NCAA title. He has had more than fifty of his former players selected in the Major League Baseball draft, including one in the first round each of the last three years.

The Collegeville, Pa. resident continues to be active as a guest speaker and instructor on the baseball clinic and showcase circuit. He has taught biology and microbiology at Plymouth Whitemarsh for 12 years.

Also joining the Hawk staff is Greg Manco. A 1992 graduate of Rutgers, Manco has spent the last seven seasons as an assistant coach at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

While at USP, Manco worked closely with the pitching staff and also managed many of the program's day-to-day administrative duties, including recruiting, scheduling and fundraising. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Bill Giles Division II Invitational Tournament hosted by the Philadelphia Phillies.

He played one season of varsity baseball at Rutgers in 1991. In addition to his undergraduate work at RU, he also has a master's degree and a doctorate from the university in statistics. He resides in Marlton, N.J.