Longtime Jay Johnson Assistant Marc Wanaka Joins LSU Staff as Volunteer Hitting Coach: Report | LSU


Marc Wanaka, a longtime assistant to Jay Johnson, will join LSU’s coaching staff as a volunteer batting coach, according to a report released on Wednesday by D1Baseball.com.

Wanaka and Johnson have spent the past eight years together in Nevada and then Arizona, forming a duo known for their prolific offenses. Johnson was hoping to keep Wanaka in his squad after taking the job at LSU.

With Wanaka on board – as a volunteer he will mostly be paid through summer camps – Johnson completed the latest grand opening for the new coaching staff. Last week, LSU hired former Arizona State Assistant Jason Kelly as a pitching coach and took Dan Fitzgerald out of Dallas Baptist as the recruiting coordinator, filling both assistant positions. paid.

Instead of losing players from its roster, LSU added them after the final round of the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft ended Tuesday afternoon.

Johnson must now determine the roles of LSU’s support staff, like the COO, but he has defined some of the most important positions in his coaching staff.

Wanaka took over from Eddie Smith, who left LSU before Johnson was hired to become Utah Valley’s head coach.

Wanaka and Johnson first coached together as assistants at Point Loma Nazarene in 2003. Wanaka then coached pitchers for a decade at a trio of western community colleges before reuniting with Johnson as a volunteer assistant. of Nevada in 2014.

Over the next eight seasons – two in Nevada and six in Arizona – Johnson and Wanaka developed some of the best attacks in the country. Arizona has never posted a batting average below 0.285 during its tenure.

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