Sept. 25, 2007
Bronx, N.Y. - Fordham head baseball coach Nick Restaino announced the hiring of Justin Ottman as pitching coach for the upcoming 2008 season.
"I am very excited about adding Justin to our staff," said Restaino, "His experience will pay immediate dividends. Justin's work ethic and knowledge of the game will help our pitching staff improve daily."
Ottman joins the Rams' coaching staff after playing in the minor leagues for the past three seasons. From 2005 to 2006, he played independent baseball alongside future Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson for the San Diego Surf Dawgs and helped the team win the Golden Baseball League championship in 2005. He then moved on to the Charlotte County Redfish of the South Coast League for 2007, where he played under former major leaguer Cecil Fielder.
Away from the playing field, Ottman worked at Professional Baseball Instruction in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, as a pitching coach for the past five years.
Prior to his stints in the minor leagues, Ottman was a successful collegiate pitcher, playing for Rockland Community College and Oklahoma State University. Over that time, he compiled a 22-7 record on the mound with an earned run average of just over 3.00.
Ottman was drafted twice in the MLB First Year Player Draft, first by the Seattle Mariners in 2000, following his graduation from North Rockland High School, where he was Pitcher of the Year in the Sections. He was then selected in 2001 by the Florida Marlins out of Rockland Community College, but chose to play in the Big 12 Conference for Oklahoma State, under Tom Holliday, father of current Colorado Rockies' All-Star, Matt Holliday.
Ottman received his Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences from Ramapo College in 2005, and is currently earning his Master's in Physical Education at Manhattanville College.
TRANSACTIONS: Fordham - Names Justin Ottman baseball pitching coach.