Mike Nisco enters his first year on staff with Cal StateNorthridge. Nisco will be instrumental in assisting Head Coach GregMoore in coordinating the day to day operations of the Matadorsbaseball program. Nisco will focus on the areas of fundraising,marketing and social media while assisting John Lockwood withcoordinating the strength and conditioning program.
Nisco spent the last two seasons as the pitching coach atNortheastern State University in Oklahoma for Head Coach TravisJanssen. In the coaching staff’s first year at NSU, Niscomentored a pitching staff who helped the River Hawks to a 25-24record after the team won only 6 games the year before theirarrival. The 19 game improvement was the 3rd bestincrease in wins by any Division II program in the country and thefirst winning season for Northeastern State in over 10 years.During the 2013 season, the River Hawks saw their win total climbas they reached the post season for the first time since 2001. Inhis two years at Northeastern State, Nisco helped the pitchingstaff reduce its ERA by 3.50 runs.
While at Northeastern State, Nisco also assisted with catchers,ran the strength and conditioning program, and assisted withrecruiting. With Nisco’s support, the overall team GPA rosefrom a 2.2 to over a 3.0 in the first year.
Prior to his arrival at Northeastern State, Nisco was thevarsity pitching coach at De La Salle High School in Concord, CAand assisted new Head Coach Matt Castello. During his year at De LaSalle, Nisco oversaw the baseball strength and conditioning programfor the Spartans team which saw 14 of its players move ontothe collegiate level. With the help of Nisco, the first yearcoaching staff helped turn the Spartans from a 9-15 team to a 20-8finish and a trip to the Northern California Sectional title game.The Spartan’s pitching saw its team ERA drop by over 3.00runs during that season, finishing with a 1.90 team ERA.
In addition, Nisco was the associate head coach and pitchingcoach for the Walnut Creek Crawdads summer collegiate team (2012& 2013). Along with his many duties on the field, Nisco alsooversaw and directed all of the summer youth camps hosted by theCrawdads. In the summer prior to coaching the Crawdads, Nisco wasthe General Manager and Head Coach for the 16U and 18U ConcordZephyrs travel ball team in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Nisco pitched for 4 years at the Division I level for SaintMary’s College in the West Coast Conference. After his timein Moraga, CA, Nisco pursued an opportunity to pitch one seasonprofessionally in the Italian Baseball League.
Nisco received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics andBusiness Administration from Saint Mary’s College in 2007 anda Master’s degree in Health and Kinesiology from NortheasternState in 2012.