San Jose State Baseball looks to it's future.

Coming off a 33 win season and a third place finish in the WAC in 2006, I am very pleased with the direction our program is headed. Our goal is to always field a competitive team -- SJSU Baseball Coach Sam Piraro.

Thank you in advance to Sam Piraro for taking our phone call, and setting up this fine story for our readers!

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Spartan baseball fans,

Coming off a 33 win season and a third place finish in the WAC in 2006, I am very pleased with the direction our program is headed.

I am convinced that if we could have had Brandon Fromm and Ricky Sauceda available in 2006, our offensive production would have been the difference in at least eight to ten games.

I was proud of this team as they put themselves in position to challenge for the conference championship with two weekends to go in the season.

Our goal is to always field a competitive team that not only will finish in the top half of the WAC, but also put itself in position for NCAA consideration.

We also look for a special person to play in this program. We look for someone who has high standards of excellence, wants to pursue their degree, and combines the exceptional traits of being unselfish and competitive.

Kevin Frandsen certainly portrays that description!

After eleven years of wonderful loyalty and service to the San Jose State Baseball program, Doug Thurman and Dean Madsen will leave our staff and pursue other opportunities.

They are both currently running our Summer Camp Program and we look to see them as active participants in many of our events such as our Golf Tournament, Alumni Game and other special activities. I will miss both of them dearly.

We are in the process of hiring two new coaches. Our interview process in nearly complete and I plan on making announcements next week.

The response and applicant pool was tremendous. I am extremely invigorated and excited about the new possibilities! These coaches will have a great amount of input in the recruiting process. In fact, they will be "off and running" as soon as they are hired.

Our budget will require us to be aggressive in our fundraising so we can "catch up" for the November early sign period.

The Golf Tournament will help us bolster our recruiting budget.

In conclusion, we signed three new players in the late spring to go along with the seven young men that committed to us in November of 2005.

One of our top signers includes local product Kyle Bellows from Santa Teresa High School.

I feel Kyle has the ability to challenge for a starting spot as a freshman. It will be the philosophy of our staff to carefully analyze our local talent first and foremost.

We have some excellent contacts with coaches at both the High School and Community College level.

With the addition of our new staff, I will ask them to cover the entire state of California to look for the best matches for our program.

I encourage all of our loyal fans and supporters to follow our progress throughout the fall. Feel free to attend practice or watch an Intra-Squad game.

We will be hosting a reception for our Diamond Club Grand Slam members in later summer to meet our new staff.

Go Spartans!

Coach Sam Piraro- Spartan Head Baseball Coach

More Thunder info on Coach Sam Piraro:

Sam's Alma Mater is San Jose State, and he graduated in 1975. He recieved his masters at SJSU in 1982.

He played the infield for your Spartans on the 1971 and 1972 squads, and was the head coach at Santa Clara's mission college where he compiled a 190-70 record.

Sam is the winningest head baseball coach in San Jose State University history, and twelve of his teams have reached the 30-win mark, including six in a row from 1997 through 2002.

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