TAMPA - University of South Florida baseball coach Lelo Prado has announced the hiring of Frank Maldonado as the program's volunteer assistant coach.
Maldonado comes to USF after five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Tampa, one of the premier programs in Division II.
Maldonado will oversee many of the day to day activities associated with the program. He will work with the Bulls infield and focus on base running as well.
Maldonado was instrumental in the success of the UT program, helping the Spartans to back to back NCAA national championships in 2006 and 2007. While at Tampa, he helped the squad to a first-place finish in the Sunshine State Conference and was among the top five statistically in every offensive category in 2006 and 2007.
As a result of his offensive tutelage, five Spartan hitters have been named All-Americans, three of them on the first-team. During his time at Tampa, Spartan hitters set school records for batting average, home runs, runs, hits, RBI, doubles and slugging percentage.
Prior to his five seasons at Tampa, Maldonado served as the hitting and infield coach at California Lutheran University and Barstow Community College. Kingsmen hitters and infielders topped the Southern California Intercollegiate Conference in fielding and hitting each year. In addition, CLU led the nation in scoring in 2001 and finished fifth nationally in double plays in 2004.
As a recruiter, Maldonado has shown the ability to attract and develop professional-level talent. In addition to on-field success, he has seen 93 percent of his student-athletes graduate as well as 29 of them selected in the Major League Baseball draft, including nine this past June in the 2010. As a collegiate coach, his responsibilities have included coordinating recruiting, hitting, base-running and infield instruction while also serving as a summer camp coordinator.
During the summer of 2007, he served as an assistant coach for the Oahu Paddlers of the Hawaii Collegiate League and also was the head coach for the Kehl Mosqiutos of the German Baseball Federation during the summer of 1999. His summer coaching experiences have also included guiding two USA Developmental teams in Puerto Rico and Australia.
Frank is married to Kendra, who teaches kindergarten at Roosevelt Elementary.