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Shawn Pender Resigns as Head Coach of Saint Joseph's Baseball Program
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  02/26/2008

Feb. 26, 2008

PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's University officials announced that head baseball coach Shawn Pender has resigned to accept a position as a major league advance scout with the Cincinnati Reds organization.

An interim head coach will be named in the coming weeks. Until then, the team will be managed by assistant coaches Lee Saverio, Greg Manco, and Aaron Barras.

Pender took over the Hawk program prior to the 2005 season. In his three years on Hawk Hill, Saint Joseph's won 41 games, including 23 in Atlantic 10 play. Pender improved the team's non-conference slate with an annual spring break trip to Florida, while the Hawks have taken on programs such as Florida State, Boston College, Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Elon during his tenure.

On the field, the team's fundamentals showed great improvement. In 2007, the Hawks posted a .960 fielding percentage, a 21-point increase over the season prior to Pender's arrival.

The Hawks return to the diamond on Saturday night, March 1, with a 7:00 p.m. contest against Georgetown in Winter Park, Fla.