MERION STATION, Pa. – Saint Joseph’s baseball head coach Fritz Hamburg has announced that Pete O’Hara, who served the program as a volunteer coach last season, has been promoted to assistant coach.  Greg Manco, the program’s director of operations, will now serve as a volunteer coach for the Hawks.

Assistant coach Ryan Wheeler will now serve as the Hawks’ hitting coach, with Matt Allison stepping down after six years with the program.

“I am excited to move Pete into a full-time assistant coaching position this year,” Hamburg said.  “Pete did an outstanding job last year as our volunteer coach and I am excited to promote him into this new position.

“With Coach Allison moving on, Ryan will now add the responsibility of leading our hitters on a day-to-day basis, while continuing to coach the infielders and coordinate our recruiting and team camps,” Hamburg said of Wheeler, now in his fifth season on Hawk Hill.  “I can't say enough how much I appreciate Ryan's commitment to our program and how professional he is with all that he does for the program.”

O’Hara joined the staff before the 2018 season after two seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, Delaware Valley College.  Prior to that stint, he began his coaching career at Arcadia in 2015.

On the diamond, O’Hara was a three-time All-Conference selection at DelVal and graduated second on the program’s all-time list in hits, runs scored, and stolen bases.  He also helped lead the Aggies to a pair of Middle Atlantic Conference football championships and two NCAA Second Round appearances.  O’Hara was chosen as DelVal’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2014.

“Pete adds a great deal of energy into our team culture; his level of organization and work ethic is very visible and we are happy that he now has more responsibility within the program,” Hamburg said.  “I am looking forward to getting him on the road from the recruiting side of our program.  His on-field responsibilities will see him continuing to work directly with our outfielders as well as our base running game, and he will assist Ryan with our hitters and our offensive game-planning.  Additionally, he will continue to have a big hand in our camps.”

Manco has spent the past three seasons as the Hawks’ Director of Baseball Operations.  A professor in the Saint Joseph’s Department of Mathematics, he previously served as an assistant coach with the Hawks for eight seasons.

“I am pleased to move Greg into our volunteer position,” Hamburg said.  “Greg has been with the program for a long time in different capacities, most recently as our Director of Operations.  He will assist me on a daily basis, working with our pitchers, while still handling many of the day-to-day operational pieces within the program and taking on a bigger role with our camps.”

Prior to his previous stint on the coaching staff, Manco spent six seasons as an assistant coach at the University of the Sciences.  During his time at USP, he was instrumental in the creation of the Bill Giles Invitational Tournament hosted by the Philadelphia Phillies.  Manco is a 1992 graduate of Rutgers, where he spent one season as a pitcher on the varsity baseball squad.

“There is a solid cohesiveness with the staff,” Hamburg said.  “Whenever there is change with the coaching personnel, it takes time to get in rhythm, but I feel like we are moving in a great direction.  We are excited about the season and where this team is headed.”

The Hawks will host one fall exhibition game this month, when they take on Penn at Smithson Field on Saturday, October 20.  Play is set to begin at 11:00 a.m.; in case of inclement weather, the rain date is Sunday, October 21.