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Erminio Takes Position at Miami (OH)

August 1, 2005 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee pitching coach Kevin Erminio has resigned to take a position on the baseball staff at Miami (OH), effective at the end of July and announced by head coach Steve Peterson.

Erminio has served as the pitching instructor for the past five seasons, helping the Blue Raiders reach three NCAA Tournaments. The Lake Hopatcong, N.J., native was also a part of two Sun Belt regular season and one SBC Tournament championship while at Middle Tennessee, helping the club post a 172-117 mark.

Erminio's pitching staff led the Sun Belt in ERA in 2001 and 2004, the club's two regular season championship years. During his five seasons, he mentored the likes of Dewon Brazelton, the third overall choice in the 2001 First-Year Amateur Player Draft, as well as John Williams, who posted 23 victories in four seasons in the Blue and White. Righthander Matt Scott emerged almost from nowhere in 2005 to post a 10-1 mark with a 3.07 ERA in 99.2 innings of work, including tossing a perfect game for seven innings in the first game of the Sun Belt Championships.

"I want to thank Coach Pete for allowing me this opportunity the last five years. It has truly been a positive experience. I learned a lot about the game from a baseball man," Erminio said. "My family and I will miss all the great people and friends we met here in Murfreesboro, but we look forward to the challenges that lie ahead."

Erminio joins first-year head coach Dan Simonds' staff at Miami. Simonds served as an assistant for the Red Hawks from 2000-04 before becoming head coach at Xavier University in 2005. Miami posted a 45-18 mark in 2005, winning one game in the Austin Regional in the NCAA Tournament.

"Kevin is a guy who we've really seen develop in the five years he's been here," Peterson said. "He came in the first year we were in the Sun Belt and inherited a very talented pitching staff, and I really thought he did a great job of staying the course with that group and helping us win a championship.

"And Kevin's also helped develop guys like John Williams and Chris Mobley, helping us win another title in 2004 with the best staff in the league. He has been a part of a very successful run here at Middle Tennessee. This position is a step up for him and we wish him all the best."

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