Sarasota, Fla. – New College of Florida today announced that it has launched an intercollegiate athletics department and has named Mariano Jimenez as its athletic director and head baseball coach.
“We are pleased to announce Mariano Jimenez as our new athletic director and head baseball coach,” said Interim President Richard Corcoran. “We are confident that this hire will continue to elevate student life at New College of Florida and attract scholar-athletes to our campus to take part in competitive sports from baseball to softball to soccer and basketball.”
During his career, he has also served as a coach for Team USA Baseball, been a pro-baseball sports
agent, and is an alum at IMG Academy where he played and coached for a decade. He also played and coached at his alma mater, Palm Beach Atlantic University, before playing professionally in Texas. Jimenez was most recently the president of baseball operations at the prestigious Inspiration Academy and was a professional consultant to players across Major League Baseball.
“I am excited to join New College of Florida as athletic director and head coach of the baseball team,” said Jimenez. “We’re looking forward to building a culture that emphasizes academic and athletic excellence. We’re going to bring in outstanding people to contribute to this amazing community.”
New College of Florida has a vision for high-level athletics that will compete for conference and national championships while offering unique scholarship opportunities to graduate with an elite academic degree. Jimenez will be tasked with identifying outstanding coaches and student athletes.
“I’ve had many hitting coaches over my 13-year professional career, none better than Mariano Jimenez,” said Chris Coghlan, who is the former National League Rookie of the Year and a World Series Champion with the Chicago Cubs. “Under his leadership, New College will have a commitment to mentoring the next generation. I would trust my son under his leadership.”
“Congratulations to Mariano Jimenez on his new assignment as the director of athletics and head
baseball coach at the New College of Florida,” said Clint Hurdle, former manager of the Colorado Rockies and Pittsburgh Pirates. “Mario’s experience, passion and leadership skills will give the program just what it needs to build, grow and thrive.”