LSU Eunice baseball assistant Roberto Vaz to coach with Team USA this summer

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Roberto Vaz

CARY, NC – LSU Eunice baseball assistant Roberto Vaz has been selected to serve on the team staff for the 2022 18U USA Baseball National Team Staff. Vaz have multiple role with the National Team leading up to the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in September.

Vaz joins 2022 18U National Team manager Denny Hocking as well as fellow assistants Adam Moseley and Jack Wilson.

“There is no greater honor to represent your country and I am so fortunate to be a part of USA Baseball,” LSU Eunice assistant Roberto Vaz said. “This game has given me so much and I am incredibly humbled to give back in this fashion.”

Vaz will join the 18U National Team for the team trials from August 29-Sepetember 2 in Florida. The final 20-man roster will remain in the Sunshine State for training from September 3-8 before taking part in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup. The tournament takes place September 9-18 and hosted in the United States for the first time since 1995.

In addition to his duties as an assistant on the National Team staff, Vaz will serve as a coordinator for the upcoming 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline League. He will serve as one of the main coordinators for the PDP League, the primary identification event for the 18U National Team. The event invites 100 of the top 18-and-under prospects in the nation for a week of assessment.

The PDP League will feature accomplished former Major Leaguers such as Lance Berkman and Doug Mienkiewicz that will be managers on league rosters. The weeklong event will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina beginning next week, June 29.

Vaz served as one of the assistant coaches in the PDP League last summer before being promoted to the National Team staff this year.

“Roberto is one of the best offensive minds I’ve come across in my coaching career and I am so excited for him and this opportunity,” LSU Eunice head coach Jeff Willis said. “He is a great molder of young athletes – we are fortunate to have him here with us at LSUE and he will do exceptionally well with USA Baseball.”

Vaz wrapped up his eighth season as an assistant coach with LSU Eunice. During his tenure with the Bengals, LSUE has earned three NJCAA Division II National Championships while sporting one of the most dynamic offenses in junior college baseball.

The Brooklyn native enjoyed a decorated playing career highlighted by begin nominated a Golden Spikes Award finalist, the college baseball equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, in 1997 with the University of Alabama. Vaz was also tabbed to the JUCO World Series Golden Anniversary Team in 2007 for leading Northeast Texas CC to the 1996 NJCAA National Championship.

A seventh-round pick by the Oakland Athletics in 1997, Vaz played seven years of minor league baseball with both the Athletics and Texas Rangers. In 1999, he helped guide the Vancouver Canadians of the Pacific Coast League to a Triple-A World Series Championship.

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