TCU hires Tennessee assistant as associate head baseball coach

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Bill Mosiello, recruiting coordinator and hitting instructor at Tennessee the past two seasons, has been named associate head coach and hitting coach at TCU, head baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle announced in a news release.

Kirk Saarloos, entering his second year as the Horned Frogs’ pitching coach, has moved into the role of recruiting coordinator.

TCU slumped to 29-28 last season and 12-12 in its first season in the Big 12 Conference. It was the first time in Schlossnagle’s 10 seasons at TCU that the Frogs didn’t advance to the NCAA tournament.

And the Frogs’ offense was a big culprit. TCU finished last in Big 12 batting average, hitting .246 for 57 games.

“Bill is considered one of the best teachers of the game of baseball at any level,” said Schlossnagle, who is currently coaching the USA Collegiate National Team in a series in Japan. “His experience throughout not only college baseball but as a manager of successful minor league teams will truly help elevate the development of our players.

“He bring relentless energy every single day. I look forward to our offense developing that kind of identity.”

Mosiello brings more than 19 years of collegiate coaching experience and seven more years of experience as a minor league manager to the Horned Frogs.

“It’s with a heavy heart that I leave Tennessee and a staff full of lifelong friends, but my new position will fully allow me to utilize my strengths as a coach,” Moisello said, according to the TCU release.

Mosiello said he has long been impressed with Schlossnagle’s success at TCU.

He added: “It’s a great privilege to have the opportunity to work with who in my opinion is one of the top pitching coaches in the country in Kirk Saarloos. Hopefully along with myself, him and I can become one top assistant coaching duos in the country.”

Prior to his stint at Tennessee, Mosiello served as the manager of the Los Angeles Angels’ Double-A affiliate, the Arkansas Travelers, where he tutored current Angels standout Mike Trout for nearly two full seasons.

Mosiello joined the Angels organization in 2009, spending his first two seasons as the manager of the single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels. He guided them to a 160-116 record (.580) during the 2009 and 2010 campaigns.

Mosiello owns a career managerial record of 393-304 (.564) in the minor leagues, including his two years at Cedar Rapids and parts of three seasons in the New York Yankees organization from 2004-06.

Between his stints with the Yankees and Angels, Mosiello returned to the collegiate ranks as a hitting coach at Southern California in 2007 and at Auburn in 2008.

Prior to USC, Mosiello spent four years as a member of the New York Yankees organization, including two as the manager for the Charleston RiverDogs, the Yankees’ single-A affiliate of the South Atlantic League, where he posted a two-year record of 129-98 (.568).

After the completion of his playing career at Fresno State in 1986, Moisello began his coaching career at Cerritos College, where he posted a 163-34 record in four seasons (1987-90).

Mosiello made the move to the Division I level in 1991, joining Augie Garrido’s staff at Cal State Fullerton where he spent two seasons (1991-92). In ‘92, the Titans advanced to the College World Series championship game, featuring No. 1 overall draft selection Phil Nevin.

After his two years at Tennessee (1993-94) and one season as the pitching coach at Ole Miss (1995), Mosiello spent five seasons (1996-2000) at Oklahoma with part of his tenure as associate head coach. He then spent the 2001 season at Arizona State before joining the Yankees.

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