Sirianni introduced as Bearkats' new head baseball coach

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HUNTSVILLE - A new era has arrived for Sam Houston State Baseball. Former assistant Jay Sirianni was promoted, and he was introduced on Monday as the Bearkats' new head coach in Huntsville.

Jay Sirianni is Sam Houston's 10th head baseball coach in program history.

He spent the past five seasons as an assistant under former coach Matt Deggs (who earlier this month resigned to take over the University of Louisiana program). During that time, the Bearkats have won three Southland Conference regular season titles, and a berth in the NCAA Super Regionals.

Sirianni has high expectations for this squad and is ready to take the mantle as head coach. He hopes to make a seamless transition. Sirianni says he's learned a lot the past few years as a pitching coach for Matt Deggs.

"For five years we worked with our hair on fire; we'll continue that. That's just kind of how we do things. Just the passion, the relationships, and developing kids into men, all those things are huge skills that I've picked up from Matt. Those are all things I'm thankful for," Sirianni said.

During the introductory press conference, Sirianni notably did not receive a Bearkat jersey. He says not wearing a traditional baseball jersey in the dugout is just something he's gotten used to.

"I guess when I first got into coaching, I looked at it as my playing days were over. When my playing days were over meant my jersey was over. That's how I used to think. I don't know... we'll see on that. Most of the time I've just kind of stayed in my jacket," explained Sirianni.

Jersey in the dugout or not, Sirianni says he'll continue to focus on scheduling tough competition as head coach. The team's ultimate goal is to make it to Omaha.