Long-time Aggies assistant takes over Gators' program
Pair of junior college catchers, three high school pitchers add to UC Davis 2016 class
Senior sets new UC Davis career mark (54) and ties Big West single-season record (29)
Week of non-conference games opens Tuesday at home against San Jose State
UC Davis returns to the Pacific Northwest for three-game series at Seattle before hosting No. 29 Nevada
In 2008, former Aggie great Tony Schifano returned to his alma mater following a 10-year professional baseball career. Now in his eighth season, Schifano's primary duties include coaching infielders and serving as the third base coach during games. He also assists with baserunning, hitting and recruiting.
Schifano helped the Aggies boast the third best batting average (.283) in the Big West in 2013.UC Davis also had the third best on-base percentage (.359) and the third most doubles (95) in the conference and ranked No. 4 in runs scored (297).
Schifano enjoyed a stellar collegiate career with the Aggies from 1994-97. During that time he was a three-time All-Northern California Athletic Conference first-team selection. He was a member of the 1995 team that won a regional championship and advanced to the NCAA Division II College World Series under legendary Aggie coach Phil Swimley. He was also a member of the 1994 squad that won the final NCAC championship for UC Davis.
When he graduated in 1997, Schifano held the career record for hits (214), and was second in games played (194) and at bats (678). He continues to remain in the top five in those categories and also appears on the all-time list in runs scored (135) and triples (12). Additionally, Schifano still holds the single season record for most chances without an error (103). In 2010, Schifano was inducted into the UC Davis Baseball Hall of Fame.
Schifano signed as an undrafted free agent with the Florida Marlins in 1997 and worked his way through the minor league system until making it to the Triple-A level with the Houston Astros in 2001. He also played professionally with the independent Central League and Northern League. In 2000, Schifano was a member of Team USA at the Panama Cup.
After his professional career, Schifano coached at Los Gatos HS, and the team accumulated 90 wins over four seasons and won a Central Coast Section title in 2006.