Pitching coach and former professional player Christian Castorri, a native of Thomasville, Ga., has been named assistant baseball coach at Georgia Gwinnett College.
Castorri’s primary responsibility on the field will be the direction of the Grizzlies’ pitching staff. He will also guide the team’s recruiting efforts away from the diamond.
“Christian will be a tremendous asset to our team and program,” said head baseball coach Brad Stromdahl. “He is a talented young coach who is experienced at both the collegiate and professional levels. He has recruiting ties across the Southeast and the nation and has helped numerous players achieve their dreams of playing professionally.
“I’m excited for Christian to start working with our staff and fully believe his knowledge of the game, personality and work ethic will help us win championships at Georgia Gwinnett College,” Stromdahl added.
Castorri comes to GGC after three years at Middle Georgia College (MGC), where he served as pitching coach. In his three years on the staff, the Warriors compiled a 117-53 record and captured two Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association championships and one Region 17 championship. The pitching staff twice led the GCAA in ERA, posting slim 3.60 and 2.76 marks.
In 2011, the MGC pitching staff led the league in strikeouts as Castorri guided future Baltimore Orioles fifth-round selection Matt Taylor and eventual San Francisco Giants 25th-round selection DeMondre Arnold. Taylor led the nation in strikeouts-per-nine innings that same season.
In 2012, Castorri’s staff produced All-American and GCAA Player of the Year JB Wendelken, a 13th-round pick of the Boston Red Sox. In total, five Warriors went on to be drafted professionally during Castorri’s tenure at MGC.
Castorri is a graduate of Thomas County (Ga.) Central High School, where he excelled on the mound under head coach Scott Brown. Although the Minnesota Twins drafted him out of high school, Castorri signed a collegiate scholarship to play for MGC and head coach Craig Young. He then declined another opportunity to sign with the Twins in 2004 and returned to college. That season, Castorri helped the Warriors capture the GCAA crown on their way to a World Series appearance.
Castorri then finished his collegiate career at Georgia College and State University, serving as team captain for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. GCSU held the national number-one ranking for two months and hosted the South Atlantic Regional his senior year, falling one game short of the NCAA DII World Series.
After college, Castorri played three years professionally for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, spending parts of two seasons with the Double-A Altoona (Pa.) Curve. He retired from his baseball playing career in September 2009 to begin coaching.
Christian and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters, Emma, 7, and Summer, 4 and a son, Crew, 1. The Castorri family resides in Gwinnett County.