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Michael Zouzalik Signs with Texas Rangers Organization

The University of Texas-Pan American baseball team announced Monday that recently graduated right-handed pitcher Michael Zouzalik has signed a contract with the Texas Rangers organization and will participate in the Rangers Arizona Instructional League program in Surprise, Arizona, in September.

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Manny Mantrana

 

Head Coach

Manny Mantrana has been the head baseball coach of the University of Texas-Pan American baseball program for six seasons.

2014: Led the Broncs to third-straight No. 2 seed in a conference tournament, as the Broncs went 17-10 in their first season in the Western Athletic Conference … The Broncs won each of their final seven WAC series, including taking two out of three from eventual WAC Champion Sacramento State, while completing two sweeps … Coached team to 3-1 win at No. 15 Oklahoma State (3/14) … Helped develop Sam Street into the WAC Pitcher of the Year and one of the final 18 candidates for the National Pitcher of the Year award. Street led the NCAA in complete games and ranked second in wins. He also led the WAC in every major pitching category, becoming the first triple crown winner since 2011 … Coached right fielder/catcher Alex Howe, an All-WAC First Team selection who led the Broncs in almost every offensive category and was among the WAC and NCAA leaders as well.

2013: Led the Broncs to their best-ever finish in Great West Conference (GWC) play, going 17-10 to finish in second place … Included a program record seven road wins in GWC play … The Broncs won 10 total road games, their highest total since 2008 (11) … The Broncs also won their first 10 home GWC games … Overall, the Broncs won 28 games and finished with their highest RPI (211) since 2007 (198) … Coached pitcher Dusten Knight, who was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 28th round of that year's MLB Draft.

2012: Led the Broncs to the first winning season in 12 years, going 30-22 … The season included a 21-6 record at home and a 16-12 record in GWC games … The Broncs earned the numer two seed in the Great West Conference Tournament … Led team to 5-2 win at No. 8 Texas A&M (3/14) … Mantrana also coached a .400 hitter for the second time in his tenure at UTPA, as Roger Bernal hit .414, the fourth highest average in program history. In 2010, Mantrana coached Garrett Blvone to a .428 average, the second highest in program history … Coached third baseman/outfielder Angel Ibanez, who was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 28th round of that year's MLB Draft … Also coached pitcher Michael Zouzalik, who signed with the Texas Rangers organization over the summer.

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Norberto Lopez

 

Assistant Coach

Norberto Lopez joined the Broncs as an assistant coach starting with the 2009 season.

Lopez brings experience from all levels of baseball as he's worked with high school, COLLEGE AND youth national teams while also playing professionally. Lopez was drafted as a catcher by the Anaheim Angels in 1999 and spent three years in the system. He advanced as far as AAA in 2001 and made one appearance in major league camp.

In his most recent coaching experience, Lopez was an assistant coach for Florida Atlantic University where he helped his team achieve a .341 batting average with 93 homeruns in 2007, and a .321 batting average with 99 homeruns in 2008. Prior to that, Lopez spent two years at Broward Community College from 2004 through 2006 where he led the team to a third place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series. Serving as the hitting and catching coach, he saw his team hit .301, set the home run record at the state tournament and win the FLORIDA COMMUNITY COLLEGE Activities Association state title.

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Brandon Hennessey

 

Assistant Coach

Brandon Hennessey joined the Broncs baseball team as an assistant coach on August 8, 2013.

Hennessey came to the Broncs from Reinhardt University (Waleska, GA), where he served as the assistant coach/recruiting coordinator in 2012-13, with his on field duties being the development of the pitching staff. In just one year under Hennessey, the Reinhardt pitching staff lowered its team ERA from 6.08 to 4.23, the lowest in the program history. Reinhardt pitchers also lowered their walks by 70 and lowered their batting average against by over 30 points.

As a collegiate player at San Jose State from 2005-08, when it was a member of the WAC, the right-handed Hennessey went 10-6 with one save in 67 games (15 starts). He struck out 89 while walking 40 in 158 innings. During the summer after his junior season in 2007, Hennessey pitched in the Northwoods League for the Waterloo Bucks, where he compiled an ERA of 1.97 in 27 appearances. He also served as the team representative to San Jose State's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

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Mike McCarthy

 

Volunteer Assistant Coach

Former Broncs catcher Mike McCarthy returned to the Broncs as a volunteer assistant coach on Aug. 26, 2014. His on-field responsibilities will include coaching first base, working with the catchers and the defense as a whole.

Off the field, McCarthy will help to coordinate team travel in addition to other duties as assigned.

During his three years at UTPA from 2010-12, McCarthy hit .320 with 26 doubles, four triples, five home runs, 86 RBI and 88 runs scored in 147 games (134 starts). He had his best offensive year as a junior, hitting .377 with 12 doubles, two triples, one home run, 45 RBI and 29 runs scored in 53 games (51 starts). McCarthy earned his Bachelor of Arts at UTPA in December of 2012. He is currently working towards a master's degree.

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