Miami baseball coach Gino DiMare gets contract extension
Gino DiMare began his love of Miami Hurricanes baseball as a young local attending games. He continued his passion from 1989 to 1992 as a Miami outfielder with a career batting average of .290 under legendary coach Ron Fraser.
And now his future will remain with Hurricanes baseball as head coach for at least the 2026 season.
The University of Miami announced Wednesday that it has awarded DiMare a three-year contract extension. His old contract would have ended after the 2023 season.
“We are thrilled to have Gino continue to lead our baseball program,” athletic director Dan Radakovich said in a statement. “We made great strides as a program last season, including hosting a regional for the first time in six years. Gino and his team are building momentum for Miami baseball and we look forward to more successful seasons to come. ”
DiMare took over as head coach ahead of the 2019 season following the retirement of UM great coach Jim Morris. But DiMare’s long tenure as Canes’ assistant under Morris lasted from 1997 until his promotion to head coach – not including a three-year sabbatical.
DiMare is 126-65 in four seasons. Last season, UM hosted a region for the first time since 2016, earning a No. 6 national seed for the NCAA Division I baseball tournament and ranking as high as No. 2. But the Canes finished with a thud, despite going on a strong 40-20 record that included a 14-game winning streak, when they were knocked out at home by Arizona in the first round of regionals.
The Hurricanes won national titles in 1982, 1985, 1999 and 2001. They haven’t returned to the College World Series since 2016.
“Growing up in Miami, I feel very fortunate to have spent 27 years here as a player and coach,” DiMare said in a statement. “The University of Miami has been a second home to me and my family. I am grateful for the opportunities it has given me and look forward to leading our program in Omaha.”
The 2023 squad will include three of the Class of 2022’s top 160 prospects, according to Perfect Game. They are left-handed outfielder/pitcher Kaden Martin (No. 67 prospect), a graduate of Buford, GA, High and son of former Tennessee quarterback and current Baltimore Ravens receivers coach Tee Martin; inside midfielder Blake Cyr (No. 150) of Windermere High; and Miami Springs High first/third baseman Jason Torres (#159).
All three have signed up and are taking classes.
Two former UM signers have chosen to play for Major League Baseball programs. Outfielder Elijah Green, considered the No. 1 high school player in the nation, was the fifth overall pick in the recent MLB draft; and infielder/right-hander Nazier Mule was selected by the Cubs in the fourth round.
This story was originally published August 24, 2022 9:32 a.m.