Strike! Patsos Throws Out First Pitch Before Orioles Game
BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland Head Coach Jimmy Patsos was recognized Tuesday night and threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Oriole Park at Camden Yards before the Baltimore Orioles took on the New York Yankees.
Patsos threw a belt-high strike over the outside corner of the plate to Orioles relief pitcher Luis Ayala. He was honored by the Orioles, along with senior captain Shane Walker, prior to the pitch.
The eighth-year coach was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and National Association of Basketball Coaches District II Coach of the Year, and he was later honored as the 2012 recipient of the Skip Prosser Award as college basketball’s Man of the Year at the Final Four.
“It was a great experience tonight, one that I am going to remember forever,” Patsos said. “Shane and I got a chance to meet (Orioles manager) Buck Showalter, and I said I had a chance to do what he has done with the Yankees and Diamondbacks, and what he’s doing here: build a program. It’s a small thing that we have in common, but his work is something I have admired.”
Patsos guided the Greyhounds to a 24-9 record and their second-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament this season. He took over a program in 2004-2005 that had won just one game the season before. Earlier this year, he became the third coach in the last 20 years to win 100 games at a school after taking over following a season after the team won zero or one game.