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Former big league baseball player Ryan Garko has been named head coach for University of the Pacific’s Tigers baseball team.
Garko resigned as manager of the Tulsa Drillers to accept the position with UOP. The Drillers are the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“We’re very pleased to announce Coach Garko’s arrival at Pacific,” said Dr. Ted Leland, Director of Athletics at UOP. “His experience in recruiting to a high academic standard were really what brought him to the forefront of our coaching search.”
Garko, a Pittsburgh, PA, native, is looking forward to the new role.
“It is an honor and privilege to serve as a head coach,” Garko said. “It has always been my dream to have the opportunity to build a culture and lead a program as a head coach and impact the lives of young men. At the end of the day, whether coaching in minor league baseball or in the college ranks, we are developers of human beings masquerading as coaches. Everything that was applicable as a minor league coach that was important to me is transferable to the collegiate setting, and I look forward to taking much of what I learned in Los Angeles and implementing it at Pacific.”
Garko has played for such teams as the Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and others.