Miami Hurricanes baseball fans already know the new head coach.
And they’ll also know most of his staff.
They just hope that the results will improve after being shut out of the NCAA tournament the past two seasons.
UM coach Gino DiMare, who recently took over for longtime retiring coach Jim Morris, on Thursday announced his staff for the program that was won four national championships.
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Pitching coach J.D. Arteaga, entering his 17th year on the staff as one of the most highly regarded pitching gurus in the nation, will remain in that position, but he has also been promoted to associate head coach. Miami pitchers have earned 23 All-American honors during Arteaga’s tenure. Of the 42 Major League Baseball draft picks who have been tutored by Arteaga, at least one of them has been selected in the draft each year since 2004.
The new recruiting coordinator/assistant coach is Norberto Lopez, who for the past three seasons has worked with the Canes’ catchers and hitters, as well as being involved in recruiting.
Lopez helped develop Zack Collins — the first UM player to win the Johnny Bench Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate catcher. Lopez played baseball at Monsignor Pace High in Miami Gardens, then played at Broward College and Nova Southeastern. He was drafted by the L.A. Angels of Anaheim in 1999 and spent three years in the organization, moving as high as Triple A. He came to UM from University of Texas-Pan American, where he was promoted to the associate head coach in 2015.
Before that, Lopez was an assistant coach at FAU and Broward College.
The lone new member of the UM staff: Bo Durkac, who will serve as the Hurricanes’ volunteer assistant. Durkac will work with Miami’s infielders after nine seasons at Illinois State, including the last four as head coach.
UM finished the 2018 season 28-26, with a 16-13 Atlantic Coast Conference record.
In 2017, after their national record, 44-year NCAA tournament streak was snapped, the Canes finished 32-27 overall and 16-13 in the ACC.