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Steve Ziroli graduated from Marshall University in 2004 and is entering his third season as the pitching coach for the Bulls. He recently helped the team to the program’s lowest conference-season ERA in program history, and it also posted the most strikeouts in a single season and the best K/BB ratio for a single season.
The UB pitching staff has enjoyed two straight years of improvement in staff ERA, Strikeouts, K/BB ratio. Recently, 2012 graduate Cameron Copping signed a free agent contract by Mariners after a senior season that saw him break numerous modern day pitching records.
Also in 2012, the team set new program high marks in innings pitched (477.1) and strikeouts (359). For yet another season, the team ERA also saw a promising drop, plummeting from 7.27 in 2010 to 6.51 in 2011, and down to 5.90 in 2012.
Ziroli pitched for the Thundering Herd in 2003-2004. In his senior season, he went 3-1 with a 4.04 ERA as primarily a middle reliever, logging 23 appearances with two saves and 62 strikeouts. For his Division I career, Ziroli went 7-4 with a 4.08 ERA. Prior to that he pitched at Parkland College in Champaign, IL in 2001-2002, team won JUCO division II national championship.
He has also played in the Northwoods, Great Lakes and New York Collegiate summer leagues during his college career.
After graduating, he played two years of pro ball, signing with Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League in 2004 where he played alongside his older brother Mike. He then played for Richmond Roosters of Frontier league in 2005.
Once his playing career ended, Ziroli spent time as the pitching coach for Thunder Bay Border Cats in Thunder Bay, ON, Canada, member of the Northwoods League in 2006. Most recently, he has worked for the Chicago White Sox Training Academy in Chicago as an instructor.
Ziroli has a B.A. in Sports Management and Marketing from Marshall. Originally from LaGrange, Illinois, he now resides in Buffalo.