Mike Perniciaro was promoted to associate head coach.
June 7, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss has promoted Mike Perniciaro to associate head coach of the softball program, head coach Windy Thees announced Friday.
Perniciaro, who just completed his second season with the Rebels, works primarily with the Rebel outfielders and hitters. In addition to helping the Ole Miss outfield and bats improve in each of the past two years, Perniciaro has also helped the Rebels’ win total increase in each of the past two seasons.
“I’m thrilled that Mike is such an integral part of our staff,” Thees said. “He was a head coach for so many years prior to coming here. The mix of Mike, Julie Meyer and I is what will help take this program to a level Ole Miss has never been before.”
In his second year at Ole Miss, Perniciaro helped guide the Rebels to program records in hits (384), walks (145) and stolen bases (79). The Rebels also set a program record with a .979 fielding percentage, which was the fifth best in the country in 2013.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity Coach Thees and Ole Miss have given me,” Perniciaro said. “It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Ole Miss softball program. This shows the commitment Ross Bjork, Lynnette Johnson and the rest of our administration have for Ole Miss to compete for championships down the road. Working with Windy and Julie has been great, and the three of us together are going to take this program to new heights.”
Ole Miss has improved its team batting average in each of Perniciaro’s first two years. After inheriting a team that hit .236, the Rebels improved to .266 in 2012 and .276 in 2013. The Ole Miss outfield also improved, as center fielder RT Cantillo became the fourth Rebel to record a perfect fielding percentage (104 putouts, five assists in 2013) in a season.
In addition to helping coach Cantillo to Second Team All-SEC honors in his first year at Ole Miss, Perniciaro helped Ole Miss record 73 more runs than the previous season, 48 more hits, eight more home runs and 88 more total bases.
In year two, the Rebels’ offense again improved by scoring 20 more runs, hitting five more doubles, two more triples, 11 more home runs and 16 more RBI.
Perniciaro came to Oxford after serving the previous six seasons as the head coach at Wichita State. Before taking over the Shocker program, Perniciaro was head coach at Northwestern State for one year after serving as an assistant for six seasons at Auburn and two years at Georgia.
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