TAMPA — Former University of Tampa catcher/infielder and Tampa Bay Rays associate scout Miguel Menendez was named the varsity baseball coach at Jesuit High on Thursday.
Menendez, the head coach at Key West from 2006-13, replaces Richie Warren, who left after the 2014 season to accept the head coaching job at Berkeley Prep.
Menendez inherits a program that has won four state titles in the past 20 years and produced several professional players. The Tigers won the Class 5A crown in May and ended the year ranked in the nation’s top 25.
“This opportunity is extraordinary,” Menendez said in a statement released by the school. “Jesuit High School represents the best in academics and athletics, and I’m honored to become part of such a rich tradition of excellence.
“I look forward to joining the faculty, and the whole Jesuit family, and continuing the great success.”
As a college player, Menendez was an all-conference selection on the Spartans’ 1998 Division II national championship team.
Menendez guided Key West to the state playoffs in 2008, 2009 and 2011 and is 3-4 all-time in the postseason. Menendez had five losing seasons at Key West, according to MaxPreps, and his best season as head coach was 17-12 in 2011.
“We are extremely excited to have coach Menendez taking the helm of the Jesuit baseball program and joining our faculty,” Jesuit athletic director Terry Rupp said. “He has the talent, experience and character to lead our baseball program and our students in fulfilling the mission of Jesuit High School.’’
According to the school, Menendez will be a full-time faculty member in the Social Studies department as well as the baseball coach.
He will begin at Jesuit this month, operating the school’s baseball camps, and will start as a teacher on Aug. 5.