BASEBALL: Varsity baseball chooses Greg Zanolli for new coach

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BASEBALL: Varsity baseball chooses Greg Zanolli for new coach

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EMILY WRIGHT

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Following Lance Fisher’s departure from the baseball program, Greg Zanolli plans to fill the position of varsity coach this upcoming season.

Zanolli’s long history in the area prompted him to take advantage of the open coaching position at RHS. Previously, Zanolli was a pitching coach at Oakmont High School.

“I live in Roseville, so the Roseville [High School] position was a great opportunity to coach in the town I live and in a community I have coached in for a long time,” Zanolli said. “Roseville has a rich tradition that I would like to continue.”

Zanolli has been around baseball for most for most of his life, coaching for the past 15 years, including the last seven at Oakmont High School. After starting his career as the freshman manager, Zanolli moved his way up in the program and eventually become the varsity pitching coach.

Last year, the Tigers fell short of making it to playoffs, ending the year with a 9-18 overall record and losing their final 12 games. Zanolli hopes to get the Tigers back on the right track this upcoming season.

“They didn’t finish last season the way they would have liked,” Zanolli said. “We are looking forward to turning that around and getting back to the playoffs on a consistent basis.”

Zanolli believes this is a realistic goal based on the team’s success in the previous seasons, not including last year’s. He is willing to push the team to not only have a good season this year, but plans to instill a winning mentality with the team for years to come.

“The Roseville baseball community is used to success,” Zanolli said. “They won a Section Title just 3 years ago, and that’s the type of success we will strive to achieve every year.”

Senior Nate Lemos feels the team didn’t reach their full potential last year, but is looking forward to a better season this year with “new philosophies from a new coach.”

“We came to a halt as far as winning came,” Lemos said. “We didn’t win a lot at the end, but we are looking forward to rebuilding this year.”