By Jerry Del Priore
Former Staten Island Yankees manager Andy Stankiewicz returns to the 18U National Team coaching ranks for the first time since he led the U.S. to a gold medal in the 2014 COPABE Pan Am “AAA” Championships in La Paz, Mexico.
Stankiewicz, 52, was previously an assistant coach for the Collegiate National Team that won a bronze medal at the Honkbal Baseball Week tournament in 2012, and has twice worked with the 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).
While with Staten Island, the short-season NY-Penn League affiliate of the New York Yankees, Stankiewicz posted a 29-43 record in 2003. But the Yankees recorded a 52-24 in 2005, winning the New York-Penn League Championship that year.
Current Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner was a member of that squad, as well as San Francisco Giants shortstop Edgardo Nunez.
Stankiewicz also held the position of minor league field coordinator for the Seattle Mariners, from 2009 to 2012.
Presently, Stankiewicz begins his sixth season at the helm of Grand Canyon’s Division I baseball program for the 2017 season after becoming the fourth head coach in the history of the program prior to the 2012 campaign.
The New York Yankees drafted the listed 5-foot-nine, 165-pound shortstop out of Pepperdine University in the twelfth round of the 1986 first-year player draft.
He made his Major League debut with New York on April 11, 1992. Stankiewicz played in parts of seven Major League seasons—with the Yankees (1992-93), Houston Astros (1994-95), Montreal Expos (1996-97) and the inaugural season of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1998.
Joining Stankiewicz on the U.S. 18U staff is Rusty Filter (Stanford University), Bill Mosiello (TCU) and Gregg Ritchie (George Washington University).
The 18U National Team will compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 World Cup in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, from September 1–10. Team USA is the three-time defending World Cup champion and will look to become the second country to win four-straight gold medals in the tournament.
“The 18U National Team program has assembled an elite coaching staff for 2017 U-18 World Cup,” said Paul Seiler, Executive Director/CEO of USA Baseball, in a press release. “This staff has experience coaching at the collegiate, minor league and major league level, and we are confident they will positively influence our athletes developmentally and personally as they compete for a fourth-consecutive World Cup title.”