Joey Centanni
Joey Centanni
Phone: 209-946-2386
Year: 2nd Season
Position: Assistant Coach

Centanni served as an assistant baseball coach for Pacific during the 2015 season and returns to the coaching the staff after being with the San Diego State Aztecs where he was the volunteer assistant coach for two seasons. While with the Aztecs, Centanni worked closely with pitching coach Sam Peraza who, throughout Peraza’s career, produced four conference Pitchers of the Year and nine All-Americans.

In Centanni's first year working with the Pacific pitchers in 2018, he mentored the staff's ace, Shelby Lackey to a 5-3 record with a 3.46 ERA and a team-leading 71 strikeouts. Lackey earned All-WCC Honorable Mention honors and was selected by Colorado in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

During his time coaching the pitching staff, two Aztecs finished with the best ERA in the Mountain West Conference while two San Diego State pitchers finished in the top five for wins in the conference in 2017.  The Aztec pitching staff also paved the way to an NCAA tournament appearance after SDSU won the Mountain West Conference tournament last season.

The Pacific alum spent four seasons playing for the Tigers as an all-around talent as he starred as the Tigers' ace on the pitching staff, designated hitter, outfielder and first baseman. He earned two All-Big West selections throughout his career including second-team honors as a utility player as a senior in 2009. After his baseball career at Pacific, Centanni signed with the Baltimore Orioles in 2009 and played one season in the Minor Leagues before retiring due to an arm injury.

Centanni also worked as an associate scout for the Orioles in the San Diego Area. As a part of the Orioles, Centanni spent time recruiting a number of high school athletes to play for the Fall Scout Ball program.

The San Diego native earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Pacific in 2009 and received his master’s degree in organizational management from Ashford University in 2011.