Southern Nevada Baseball Club Prospect Camp Coaching Staff

NICK GARRITANO

Head Coach

Nick Garritano is entering his seventh season as the head coach of the CSN Coyotes baseball team.  In his four seasons at CSN, Garritano has compiled a 227 - 122 record.  His best season to date was in 2015 when the Coyotes went 46 – 18, winning the regular season SWAC title, Region XVIII tourney champions and runner up at the Western District tourney.  His club was ranked as high as 4th nationally by NJCAA publications.  In his six years at the helm, Garritano has seen 17 of his players drafted by MLB with 11 of those players signing professional contracts.  CSN has sent 65 players on to continue their academic/athletic careers at NCAA Div. I, II, III or NAIA institutions in Nicks six years, averaging 10 players a year.

Nick has had the pleasure of being able to coach 1st Team All American, SWAC Pitcher of the Year and 1st round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants, Phil Bickford in 2015.   He has also coached multiple  First team All – SWAC players including a SWAC Player of the Year in 2013, Morgan Stotts.  Stotts was also named the national gold glove winner for his defensive play in that same year.  Nick was named SWAC Coach of the year for the 2013, 2015 & 2016 seasons, all years that his club won the SWAC regular season title.

Henderson has been the home to Garritano’s baseball coaching career.  Before coming to CSN, Nick was the head baseball coach for state power Green Valley HS.  In his tenure at Green Valley HS (1999 – 2010) he compiled an impressive 316 – 118 record.  Under Garritano’s guidance the Gators won Nevada State Championships in 2001 and 2003.  The Gators also won 6 Regional Titles and appeared in the Nevada State tournament 7 out of his 12 years at the helm.  Nick was voted Sunrise Region Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2003.  Nick helped over 75 players move on to play college baseball and had 14 players drafted by MLB.  In May 2015, Nick was inducted  into the Southern Nevada Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame voted on by the HS baseball coaches in Southern Nevada.

Nick graduated from UNLV with a BS in Kinesiology in 1995 and attained a master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix (1992) in Educational Administration.  While attending UNLV, Nick was a four year starter as the placekicker for the Rebels football program (1991 – 1994).  By the time Nick’s four year career was over, he finished as the second leading scorer in Rebel history.  Nick has held over 10 kicking and points records at UNLV including longest field goal (54 yards, twice) and most points scored in a season.  Nick participated in the San Francisco 49ers June minicamp in 1996.  In 2010, Nick received a great honor of being placed into UNLV’s Athletic Hall of Fame as an individual and also as a member of the 1994 Big West / Las Vegas Bowl Champion football team.

Before going to UNLV, Nick graduated from Chaparral HS (1991) in Las Vegas, NV.  Nick was a two sport star for the Cowboys.  He was a 1st team All – State football player at three positions – Offensive Guard, Punter and Placekicker.  Nick earned Honorable Mention All – American honors as a placekicker.  Nick was a 2 time 1st Team All – State 3rdBaseman for the 1991 Nevada State Champion baseball team.  Nick was also voted the 1991 American Legion Player of the Year.   Garritano also wrestled his freshman and sophomore years in HS before deciding to focus on football and baseball.

Nick was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 31, 1973.  He has lived in Las Vegas for 38 years.  Nick is happily married to the former Camille Nagy.  They were married here in Las Vegas on April 17, 1999.  They have two of God’s gifts – Nicky (13) and Ava (10).  In his free time, Nick enjoys attending his children’s events, dining with his wife and playing golf when time permits.


BRYAN GIDGE

Assistant Baseball Coach

Coach Bryan Gidge joined the College of Southern Nevada baseball staff in 2011, he has been at CSN since day 1 of the Garritano era.  He will be entering his seventh season at CSN and has been with Coach Garritano since 2002. 

Coach Gidge is the Pitching Coach: As Coach Gidge puts it " I Coach the Athletes, the pitchers.  Pitchers are who control the entire game.  The Coyotes can only go as far as the pitching will take us."  The Coyotes consitatnley have one of the top pitching staffs in the conference and is highly respected in the country.  He has had 8 pitchers selected in the draft under his watch and many more go on to 4 year universities during his tenure at CSN.

Playing Experience: Bryan played two years at Yakima Valley CC in 1996-97 then transferred to UNLV for the 1998-99 seasons.   He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 33rd round of the 1998 draft.

Bryan was born in Yakima, Wa on April 12, 1977.  He married Jenny Kush on June 17, 2005, and has two wonderful kids, Mckenzie (9) and Averi (6).  He enjoys fishing, golf and spending time with his family.


MIKE ESHRAGH

Assistant Baseball Coach

CSN alumni (2002) Coach Mike Eshragh joined the College of Southern Nevada baseball staff in 2014. He is entering his third season at CSN as the infield coach. In his first two seasons, CSN has lead the SWAC Conference in fielding percentage. He has 2 infielders drafted under his tenure (Tyler Brown 2014 and Brody Westmoreland 2015) and many more moving on to 4 year universities.

Prior to CSN: Mike coached Liberty High School (Las Vegas, NV) from 2007-2014 where he won the 2014 Nevada State Championship and finished the season ranked 15th nationally. He also won the American Legion Nevada State Championships in 2012 and 2013. Eshragh was named American Legion Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2014.

Playing Experience: Mike played at Point Loma Nazarene University in 2003-04 where he was the starting 2nd basemen for two years. He hit a career .367 and held school record for triples in a season. In 2004 Pt. Loma took 3rd in the NAIA World Series.

Mike played a year at San Diego City College (2001), before coming back home to play at CSN in 2002. He hit .314 for the Coyotes while playing 2B/SS.

He was offered a free agent contract by the Philadelphia Phillies (’04).

Mike graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2005 with a B.A. in Business Administration.

Mike is a local product who graduated from Silverado High School in Las Vegas, NV (2000). Nevada State Champions in baseball (2000) and finished ranked 9thnationally. He was a 1st team All-State baseball and soccer player.

Mike was born in Las Vegas, NV on October 20, 1981.  He married Maggie Lenahan on February 12, 2011, and has two beautiful kids, Victoria (4) and Elle (2).  He enjoys vacations, golf and spending time with his family.


SEAN LARIMER

Assistant Baseball Coach

Coach Sean Larimer has been with the CSN baseball program on and off for 10 years and is currently going into his 5th year as an assistant coach.

He started with the program in the fall of 2006 as a undergrad assistant coach and served that same roll until 2010 where the CSN coyotes reached the junior college world series.

Following the 2010 season Sean moved on to UNLV where he served as an undergrad assistant coach. That same year Sean served as an assistant coach at Green valley high school where the 2011 Gators reached the Nevada state championship game.

Sean also coached the Green valley varsity Legion team from 2007-2011 as an assistant and head coach.

In 2012, Sean coached one more season at Green Valley High school before returning to CSN as the outfield coach in the fall of 2013. “As the outfield coach, I want the outfielders to play hard at all times and take charge over the whole field. We have to have the ability to run the ball down and make strong accurate throws back to infield."

Playing experience: Sean played for Green valley High school 2003-2006. And then played one fall for CSN in 2007.

Sean was born and raised in Las Vegas Nevada. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, playing golf, watching the San Francisco Giants and most of all hanging out with his best friend Matty Cutt. 


DAN JAFFE

Assistant Baseball Coach

Coach Dan Jaffe is entering his 1st season as the CSN catching coach, joining the staff officially in 2016. He is an alum, playing for the Coyotes in 2012.

Coaching Experience: Prior to CSN, Dan was an assistant coach at Arbor View High School for the 2016 season. He is currently an assistant coach with the Cardinals Scout Team here in Las Vegas, where he will be entering his fourth season in the fall of 2017. Dan also serves as a coach in the Las Vegas Baseball Academy, where he has been coaching since 2013.

Playing Experience: Dan played his high school baseball at Palo Verde High School, graduating in 2010, before playing at Villanova University. He left Villanova at the break before the 2012 season, when he became a Coyote. Following the one season, Dan went to Pacific University for his final two seasons, graduating in 2014.

Coach Jaffe graduated from Pacific with a B.A. in Political Science. He then got his Master's degree from Texas A&M in 2015, receiving an M.S. in Sports Management.

Dan was born in Flemington, New Jersey on April 8, 1992. When he is not coaching, he enjoys golfing, spending time with his family, watching the NY Mets, and golfing.



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