Murray State Head Baseball Coach Kevin Moulder has announced the hiring of Joe Migliaccio as an assistant coach joining the Racers for the 2017-2018 season. Migliaccio comes to MSU after spending the 2017 season as a graduate assistant at the University of Missouri.
“First, I would like to thank Coach Moulder for giving me the opportunity to be a part of his staff,” said Migliaccio.
“I have heard nothing but exceptional things about him and his staff here at Murray State. Over the last few seasons, I have taken notice of the strides they have made here and I am thrilled to be part of what’s to come. I could not be more excited to continue developing excellent players on the field as well as excellent young men in our community. I look forward to working with Coach Moulder, Coach Crawford and Coach Lairamore on building a championship caliber program for years to come,” continued Migliaccio.
While in Columbia, Migliaccio helped lead the Tigers to their best record since 2008, finishing the season 36-23. At Missouri, Migliaccio was responsible for all position players’ defensive development while also assisting with the offense. The Tigers’ fielding percentage went up seven points in 2017 under Migliaccio’s tutelage while the starting infield’s defense improved dramatically, going from a .928 fielding percentage in 2016 to a .961 clip in 2017.
Migliaccio also was key in implementing the Pitch Recognition System while at Mizzou and helped a pair of Tigers get drafted in the 2017 MLB Draft.
Migliaccio spent the 2016 season at Southeast Missouri as a volunteer assistant with the Redhawks. Migliaccio helped lead SEMO to the 2016 OVC regular season and tournament championships and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. While with the Redhawks, he coached four All-OVC honorees, including an MLB Draft selection.
Prior to his time at SEMO, Migliaccio spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons as an assistant with Siena while also coaching the Liberal Bee Jays of the Jayhawk Baseball League in 2014.
“I am excited to have Coach Migliaccio and his new fiancée Aubrey join our program here at Murray State,” said Moulder.
“He has had a fast start to his young career so far and I expect that trend to continue for him. He is on the front-end of some exciting new training techniques for developing hitters, which will excite our current players and help us attract new recruits. We have had a lot of success offensively the past couple years and I am looking forward to him helping us take it to another level and to help us with our ultimate goal of winning an OVC championship. Coach Migliaccio comes highly recommended and he has been part of some very successful programs. I am thrilled he decided to add Murray State to that list.
The West Melbourne, Fla., native graduated Cum Laude from Oral Roberts in 2014 with a degree in Recreation Administration with a minor in Humanities.