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All instruction is lead by The University of Tampa Associate Head Coach Sam Militello, with assistance from the UT coaching staff, current UT players, and former professional baseball players. Camp staff may include those not listed below.


Camp Director Sam Militello


Former Spartan All-American Sam Militello is in his 15th season as a member of the coaching staff at The University of Tampa. He was recently promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach prior to the 2009 season.

Militello has served as the top assistant coach for Joe Urso's entire tenure at UT, as the duo became the fastest in NCAA Division II history to reach 500 career wins. While reaching the milestone in 2012, Militello coached a pair of first-team all-Sunshine State Conference selections in Sean Bierman and Ben O'Shea.

The pitching coach for three national championship teams, Militello coached Mike Adams to SSC and South Region Pitcher of the Year honors during the championship season of 2013. He became the second consecutive Spartan to earn the top SSC honor en route to also being a first-team All-American.

During his coaching career at his alma mater, he has also coached a total of 27 pitchers who have been selected in the MLB Draft.

As Joe Urso’s top assistant, Militello is in charge of the pitching staff. Militello capped a brilliant three-year career with the Spartans by capturing the NCAA II National Player-of-the-Year award in 1990 when he posted a 15-2 record, 1.75 ERA and 182 strikeouts as he led Tampa to a third place finish in the NCAA II National Championship Series.

Militello owns UT single-season school records for victories (15), strikeouts (182) and innings pitched (143.2) and the school career record for strikeouts (340).

He was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Award, given to the top collegiate player in the country. At the time, he was only the second NCAA II player to be nominated for the Golden Spikes Award. Militello was a three-time All-American, all-South Region and all-Sunshine State Conference selection and was twice the South Region Pitcher of the Year. In 1990, he was selected to the NCAA II National Championship Series all-tourney team. He was named to the Sunshine State Conference Silver Anniversary team and the SSC and UT Athletic Hall of Fame.

A sixth-round draft pick of the New York Yankees, Militello broke into the "Show" in style with a 6-0 shutout of the Boston Red Sox in July 1992, going seven innings and striking out five while surrendering just one hit and three walks. He surged to a 3-0 record and finished his inaugural season at 4-4.

He pitched in the Yankees system from 1990-94, signed with the Florida Marlins (1994-95) and again with the Yankees ('96) until retiring to a coaching job with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1997-98). Prior to joining the Spartans, he spent the previous two seasons as a pitching coach in the Cleveland Indians organization with Burlington and Columbus, Ga.


Joe Urso‚Äč

Head Baseball Coach UT


Former Spartan All-American Joe Urso is now in his 15th season as head baseball coach of The University of Tampa, compiling a 621-180-1 record. In his time as Spartan head coach, Urso has led Tampa to 10 Sunshine State Conference titles and nine NCAA South Regional championships. He also has coached the program to three national championships.

UT’s all-time winningest baseball coach, Urso has led the Spartans 40 victories in 11 of his 14 seasons at the helm. He is also the lone UT coach to guide his team to 50-plus victories in a season, as he did in 2006, 2007 and 2014.

Urso has guided the Spartans to the top prize on three occasions, capturing the 2006, 2007 and 2013 NCAA Division II national championships and he also led UT to a second place finish in the 2003 National Championship Series. Under Urso, Tampa won a school record 54 games in 2006.

The program has been recognized on the national level as 44 Spartans have been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft since 2006, including a school-record nine in the 2010 MLB Draft. With nine selections, the Spartans ranked sixth among all colleges in players chosen in 2010.

Tampa set the NCAA Division II record for regular season winning percentage in 2014, going 47-2 with a .959 regular season mark. Additionally, Tampa's .931 winning percentage in 2014 also set an NCAA II record. The Spartans won the SSC and NCAA South Regional titles in 2014, while advancing all the way to the national semifinals. Urso also led UT to 16 straight weeks at the No. 1 spot, marking a new school record for consecutive weeks at the top of the rankings.

Urso also reached another milestone in 2014, becoming the fastest coach in NCAA II history to 600 career wins. His milestone victory came on April 4 in a 7-6 victory over Palm Beach Atlantic University.

The 2013 season resulted in the program's sixth national championship as Urso's squad claimed the Sunshine State Conference and NCAA South Regional championship in addition to the big prize. The team had five players selected in the MLB Draft as Mike Adams was recognized as the SSC and South Region Pitcher of the Year. Urso also captured his third National Coach of the Year award and was named SSC Coach of the Year for the eighth time in his Spartan coaching career.

In 2012, Urso became the fastest coach in NCAA Division II history to reach 500 career victories as he needed just 12 seasons to eclipse the milestone. He also ranks as the all-time winningest coach in program history.

Among those drafted during the Urso era was Sergio Perez, who was a second-round selection of the Houston Astros in 2006 and is currently at the AAA level with the Astros. In his time at Tampa, 35 Spartans have been chosen in the MLB Draft as two have advanced to the Major Leagues (Charlie Manning and Mike Rabelo).

Urso returned to Tampa following a three-year stint as coach and manager in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization. Most recently, Urso was manager of the Angels' minor league affiliate in Butte, Mont. Prior to that, he was manager of the Angels' Instructional League team and assistant coach with the Lake Elsinore (Calif.) Storm and Boise (Idaho) Hawks since 1997.

The 1992 UT business management graduate was the 49th-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Angels in the 1992 MLB Draft. Urso played four years in the Angels system.

As a Spartan, Urso ranks as one of the University's most popular players. Urso was a four-year starter at second base and was twice named second-team All-American, first-team all-South and first-team all-Sunshine State Conference in 1991 and '92. He was a career .332 hitter, who held the NCAA career record for runs (258). He owned the school mark for runs in a season (76) and still holds school records in walks for a season (54) and career (176). He ranks fourth on the all-time school list for games played (223), is second in career doubles (63) and sixth in stolen bases (70).

Highlighting his achievements as a senior, Urso hit .377 and was a perfect 11 for 11 in stolen base attempts in 15 games against NCAA Division I competition, including Florida, Clemson, Michigan, Alabama and Miami.

Among the top players to lead UT to the NCAA II National Championship Series in 1990, he was voted MVP of the Spartans' national championship in '92. In 1997, Urso was named to the NCAA II NCS all-time team as the best second baseman. In two tournaments, he played in eight games, hitting .469 with one homerun and 10 RBI. He was named to the Sunshine State Conference Silver Anniversary team.

A Tampa native, Urso was a member of Plant High School's 1988 state championship team, where he was a two-time first team all-area, all-county and all-conference honoree and second-team all-state.

Within the Angels organization, Urso's number was retired in Lake Elsinore in 1997; he was team MVP and league all-star for the California League champions in '96; recognized by an award in his name which is presented to the Lake Elsinore fans' favorite player since '95; received three fans' favorite player awards (1994-96) and was the Palm Springs Angels fans' favorite player award winner in 1993. His community outreach efforts earned him the moniker "Mayor" of Lake Elsinore by the Angels' staff.

He is married to Julie and they have two sons, J.D., and Preston.