UNLV Hires Pete Manarino As Head Softball Coach
Sept. 5, 2008
LAS VEGAS - Former Long Beach State head coach Pete Manarino has been named the new head coach of the UNLV softball program, Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick announced Friday.
Manarino comes to Las Vegas after spending 23 seasons at Long Beach State (1984-2006), where he built the 49er softball program into a perennial power. After being named the third head coach in LBSU softball history in 1984, he amassed a 843-508-2 (.624) career record and guided his team to five NCAA Women's College World Series appearances and 17 NCAA Regionals.
"I feel so good about this hire," Hamrick said. "Pete is an experienced coach that has proven he can win and has proven he can take a program to the highest level of college softball. It is a great addition to an already outstanding coaching staff here at UNLV."
Manarino has coached eight conference pitchers of the year and one player of the year. Overall, the 49ers had 30 first team all-conference honorees and 88 all-conference selections. Besides the conference recognition, three of his student-athletes earned All-America honors and 32 were named All-Region.
In the classroom, 95 percent of his student-athletes graduated, while eight were named Scholastic or Academic All-America.
"I really appreciate the opportunity that UNLV has given me," Manarino said. "I am very excited to get started and to continue to build the softball program back to a level where it was before. I can't wait to get going and am happy to be a part of the UNLV family."
Besides the awards garnered by his student-athletes, Manarino and his staff were recognized for their efforts, as well. In 2004, the softball program earned the NCAA's Regional Coach and Staff of the Year award. In 1986, he was named the Pacific Coast Athletic Association's Coach of the Year and the Western Regional Coach of the Year. The Big West Conference named him Coach of the Year on four occasions (1997, 1999, 2003 and 2004).
LBSU's best run came in the early 1990's, when the 49ers went to four-straight Women's College World Series (1990-1993) and tallied a .631 winning percentage (173-101). From 1986-1990, the team set the school record for victories three times. The 1986 squad began the accomplishment with 39 wins before being topped by 46 in 1998. The 1990 team set the benchmark for 14 years with its 48 victories before being trumped by a 51-13 record in 2004.
In Manarino's final four years at The Beach, his team's made four-straight NCAA Regional appearances and won two Big West championships. In Big West action, his teams went 67-13 from 2003 to 2006.
Manarino retired from Long Beach State in 2006 as the most successful coach in the university's history. When he broke the 800-win barrier in 2005, he was just one of 19 coaches to do so. His 843 wins are more than any other current or former coach in 49er history.
Manarino has been active in community service as well. He has helped arrange Special Olympics of Orange County events since 2006 and he has participated in therapeutic educational activities in conjunction with the Child Life Program at Miller's Children Hospital of Long Beach.
He is an active member of the Long Beach Baseball and Softball Hall of Fame Committee (2005-present) and he was on the Louisville Slugger Advisory Staff from 1993-2006. He served on the Board of Directors Cities and School from 1993-2000 and he has been a member of the California Association for High School Athletic Directors twice (1978-1983 and 2006-present). He has also been a member of the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce since 2006.