Position: Assistant Coach
Started with Y-D: 2022
Alma Mater: Sacred Heart Cathedral High School
Bellevue University (NE) ’95 CWS Champion
Craig is a wonderful addition to the YD Red Sox Coaching Staff. He brings a wealth of knowledge about the game of baseball and the process it takes to become a champion. With years of experience, Coach Gianinno brings a unique perspective to the Red Sox that players and staff can turn to for guidance. Coach Gianino’s resume as a mentor and coach is of great value to the YD Red Sox, providing both players and staff with a unique point of view when competing.
Gianinno in his 5th season at the University of San Francisco as the Director of Player Development. Prior to USF, Gianinno spent the previous eight seasons as the head coach at Junipero Serra High School where he led the Padres to an overall record of 171-77-1(.689). Under Gianinno, the Padres averaged 20 wins per season, won three WCAL titles, and earned automatic bids to the Central Coast Section Championships every season. Giannino was named the 2012 Coach of the Year by The San Jose Mercury News/Palo Alto Daily News.
Gianinno began his coaching career in 1999 at his alma mater Sacred Heart Cathedral High School as an assistant. Gianinno then moved onto the College of San Mateo as an assistant coach. Gianinno also served as an assistant coach at Burlingame High School.
Coach Gianinno’s passion for player development rivals that of his passion for teaching the game. He has consistently mentored, developed and produced several players who have moved on to collegiate and professional baseball. Most notably, Cape Cod alum and 1st round MLB draft pick Hunter Bishop 2019, San Francisco Giants.
Craig Gianinno is a native from San Francisco, where he attended Sacred Heart Cathedral. Gianinno played collegiately at CCSF. He was named the team’s most valuable player and earned all-conference honors. He later transferred to the College of Marin, where he played for ABCA Hall of Fame Baseball Coach Al Endriss. Gianinno was selected to the Northern California All Star Team. He earned all-conference honors and led the Mariners to the California State Playoffs. Gianinno completed his collegiate career at Bellevue University, (NE) culminating as a member of the 1995 College World Series National Championship Team which was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018. Gianinno was nominated by his teammates to deliver the induction speech.
Coach Gianinno is a member of the ABCA and leads the annual Leadership Hot Stove each year at the annual convention.
Gianinno received a bachelor’s degree in physical education and psychology from Bellevue University, NE. He holds a California and NJ teaching credential and master’s degree in education.
Craig and his wife Bonnie reside in Sparta, NJ with their twin daughters, Eliana and Sophia.