UNO athletic director Derek Morel was in the market for a head baseball coach and received interest from several qualified candidates. But for this job, Morel needed something extra.
"We decided we needed more than a baseball coach," Morel said. "We needed someone that's going to make a difference in our community, that's going to make a difference for our university and is going to lead us to championships in the near future. It was clear there was only one man that could do that."
That man was the man who's name is most synonymous with Privateer baseball, Ron Maestri.
Maestri will take over the program he built from the ground up. From 1972-1985, Maestri's teams never had a losing season, made nine NCAA Tournaments and advanced to the COllege World Series in1984.
"This is going to be fun," Maestri told a packed crowd at the Lakefront Arena Tuesday.
Maestri is taking over at a time UNO is undergoing what Morel calls a 'renaissance of Privateer athletics.' UNO will remain in D-1 athletics and compete in the Southland Conference.
Maestri summed up his return to the program he built with one simple phrase.
"I'm back because I want to get that Privateer pride back."
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