Former Razorback and Major League All-Star Tom
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Former Razorback and 12-year Major League Baseball veteran Tom Pagnozzi has joined the Arkansas baseball program as a volunteer coach Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn announced Monday.
Pagnozzi, who played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1987-99, spent one year with the Razorbacks under former head coach Norm DeBriyn who retired following the 2002 season.
Pagnozzi will work the catchers and assist with on-campus recruiting and on-the-field coaching with the Razorbacks.
“I’ve known Tom for a long time,” Van Horn said. “I helped recruit him and have stayed in contact with him over the years. I am very excited that he has decided to join our staff. He is very eager to learn the ropes of coaching in collegiate baseball and I think he will be a positive addition to the program.”
Pagnozzi came to the Razorbacks as a third baseman in 1983, but was moved to catcher by DeBriyn. Pagnozzi was named to the 1983 All-Southwest Conference team while leading the Razorbacks with a .362 batting average, 50 runs batted in, 16 doubles and 88 hits.
“I am extremely excited about this opportunity and I am looking forward to working with Coach Van Horn,” Pagnozzi said. “We are going to work hard to carry on the strong tradition of the Arkansas baseball program and compete at a championship level.”
Pagnozzi, who was voted to the MLB All-Star Game in 1992, formed the Pagnozzi Charities in 1999 to benefit the Razorback baseball program and provide scholarships to under privileged children to attend youth athletic camps.
In addition, the Charities sponsors the Tom Pagnozzi Invitational Golf Tournament and Sports Celebrity Banquet which holds a silent auction with all the money going towards the designated programs.
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