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Sammy Serrano

About Sammy...

Former Head Coach at the Charlotte Latin School (Charlotte, NC) and Patriot HS (Nokesville, VA).

Beginning in the summer of 2008, Serrano has worked with the 18U USA Baseball National Team as a Catching Instructor, Evaluator, and Coach.  In 2009 and 2011, he was a part of the trials staff that led the 18U USA Baseball National Team to a Gold Medal in the Pan American Games.  In 2012, he was a part of the trial staff that led the 18U USA National Team to a Gold Medal in the World Championship.  In the fall of 2012, he was the Bullpen Coach for Team France in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier.  In 2014, Serrano coached and evaluated the 14U USA National Team Development Program and evaluated the 15U age group for the National Team Identification Series.  In the summer of 2011, 2012, and 2013, Serrano also coached in the Under Armour All-America Game that took place in Chicago, IL at historic Wrigley Field.  

From 2005-2007, Serrano served as the Recruiting Coordinator for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In his two seasons at UNCG, Serrano helped in the maturation process of Jermaine Mitchell, Patrick Currin, Ryan Falcon, Adam Deleo, and Guy Welsh who went on to get drafted and play professionally.  He also was instrumental in signing one of the best recruiting classes in UNCG history in 2007.

As an assistant at Stetson (2005), Serrano instructed the catchers and assisted with hitting instruction.  While there, he was part of a coaching staff that won the 2005 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship, and coached in an NCAA Regional.

As a player, Serrano batted a school-record .374 during his three-year career and helped Stetson to two NCAA Regional appearances. Serrano batted .326 as a freshman, and was named a Mizuno first-team Freshmen All-America. Serrano hit .335 as a sophomore before putting together a record setting junior year. That season Serrano batted a school-record .457 with 23 doubles, 8 triples, 13 home runs, and 68 RBI.  He earned first-team consensus All-American honors and was voted Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year and was invited to the Team USA Trials.  His .457 batting average ranked second in the nation (NCAA Division I).

Following the 1998 season, the San Francisco Giants drafted Serrano in the Second round.  He was the 68th player taken overall and the first catcher selected in the draft.

Upon his arrival to the Giants organization, Serrano was tabbed as one of the Giants Top Prospects by Baseball America and The Sporting News, and was regarded as the Giants Top Catching Prospect. He attended Major League Spring Training in 2000.  During his tenure with the Giants, Serrano was an organizational leader in hits, doubles and RBI’s in his only full season with the Bakersfield Blaze (High A).

Unfortunately, a shoulder injury forced him to retire in 2002.

The Serrano File

Along with coaching at the Division I and High School levels, here is a list of other programs he has coached with:

  • ​​​Under Armour All-American Team (Coach/Catching Evaluator/Instructor 2011-2013)
  • USA Baseball 13U National Team (Evaluator/Instructor 2014)
  • USA Baseball 14U National Team (Coach/Catching Evaluator/Instructor 2016)
  • USA Baseball 15U National Team (Evaluator/Instructor 2014 & 2016)
  • USA Baseball 18U National Team (Coach/Catching Evaluator/Instructor 2008-2014)
  • Team France - World Baseball Classic (Bullpen Coach)

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