Tulane hires Anthony Izzio as baseball assistant coach

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NEW ORLEANS, La. – One of the top young coaching talents in the region, Tulane baseball coach Travis Jewett has announced the addition of Anthony Izzio to the coaching staff as the team’s new assistant coach.

A Gulf Coast native, Izzio joins the Green Wave after spending the previous three seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, Mississippi.

“We are excited to announce the hiring of Anthony Izzio to our baseball staff here at Tulane. Anthony is a proven winner not only as a former player at South Alabama but as a coach at Pearl River CC where he helped lead the Wildcats to the NCJAA Division 2 world series last season,” Jewett said. “Anthony will bring a wealth of coaching knowledge to our staff and I cannot wait for him to insert his infectious personality onto our team. Please help me welcome Anthony, his wife Erika, and son Ace to the Green Wave family!”

Since joining the Wildcats in July 2016, Izzio has helped PRCC earn three consecutive National Junior College Athletic Association D-II regional appearances, with an appearance in the NJCAA D-II World Series in 2019. PRCC has won 107 total games over that timeframe, winning 28 games in his first season, 38 in his second season and 41 last year.

“I’m so incredibly thankful and blessed to be in this position, and I cannot thank coach Jewett and the staff enough for giving me the opportunity to join this team,” Izzio said. “I fully believe that coaching is about building relationships, and I cannot wait to get started with this group to help them achieve their goals and dreams.”

Perfect game has recognized Izzio and PRCC’s recruiting classes as one of the 10 best in the country in each of the last three years, as 11 Wildcats have gone on to sign with NCAA Division I institutions.

In his previous role, the Vancleave, Mississippi, product oversaw the day-to-day operations for the team’s recruiting, while also overseeing the Wildcats pitching staff. 2019 was a banner year for PRCC, setting a school record for wins, while also earning the No. 1 overall seed for the NJCAA World Series.

Before moving to PRCC, Izzio spent two seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Mississippi. Along with his duties in recruiting and coaching pitchers, Izzio also oversaw the strength and conditioning program, assisted with player housing and financial aid for members of the team, among other duties.

Upon earning his degree at the University of South Alabama, Izzio spent a season as the pitching coach at Spanish Fort High School in Alabama where he helped the Toros win 39 games during the season and capture the Class 5A state championship in 2014. That team also finished 11th according to the MaxPreps Xcellent 50 rankings.

A multi-sport athlete at Vancleave High School, Izzio sported a record of 20-4 on the mound as a junior and senior to earn All-South Mississippi and All-State honors in 2009. Izzio was also four-time Mississippi All-Region football player at VHS.

He parlayed that success into a full scholarship at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where he opened his collegiate career with an 11-7 record on the mound with 128 strikeouts and 39 walks. As a sophomore, Izzio was 7-4 and was a First Team All-MACJC selection.

Izzio spent his final two seasons at South Alabama, where as a member of the Jaguars he was 8-1 in 20 total appearances. He had a 3.41 ERA in those two seasons, striking out 67 and walking 23. In his senior year the Jaguars won 43 games and earned a share of the Sun Belt Conference Regular Season Championship, securing at at-large bid to the NCAA Starkville Regional.

Izzio earned his bachelor’s degree from South Alabama in the winter of 2013.

Izzio and his wife, Erika, have one son, Ace.

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