Outfield / Fielding / Hitting
Coach Nania has been active in baseball for over 40 years as a player and coach. In his career Don has been instrumental in the development of numerous college players at NCAA – D1, D2, D3 and NAIA organization levels as well as professionally. He has appeared in most WPIAL playoffs within the last ten years of his career compiling successful records in each of his programs. Coach Nania retired after 35 years of teaching and directing Health and Physical Education in the Pittsburgh Public Schools System along with coaching a variety of Varsity level sports programs. He served a 25 year career as an Athletic Director at the University of Pittsburgh for Community Sport Development where he received the prestigious University of Pittsburgh’s Letterman of Distinction Award and was inducted into its Hall of Fame. Don’s credentials include:
-4 Year Letterman – University of Pittsburgh 1974 – 1978
-Head Baseball Coach – Community College of Allegheny County Boyce 1979 – 1980
-United States Slow Pitch Professional Softball Team member of the World Series Champion “Pittsburgh Hard Hats” 1979 – 1981
-Head Coach - Women’s Slow Pitch Softball, Greater Pittsburgh League 1979 – 1982
-Assistant Baseball Coach – University of Pittsburgh 1985 – 1993
-Men’s professional Softball Team member of the World Series Champion “Marodi Transfer” 1988 – 2001
-Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach – Penn Hills High School 1997 – 1998-Men’s Professional Softball Coach – “Pittsburgh Marodi Transfer” 1998 – 2000-Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach – Penn Trafford High School 1998 – 2000-Head Baseball Coach – Pittsburgh Allderdice High School 2000 – 2008
-Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach – Penn Hills High School 1997 – 1998
-Men’s Professional Softball Coach – “Pittsburgh Marodi Transfer” 1998 – 2000
-Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach – Penn Trafford High School 1998 – 2000
-Head Baseball Coach – Pittsburgh Allderdice High School 2000 – 2008
-Head Baseball Coach – Gateway High School 2007 – 2008
-Coach “US Stars Baseball” National Baseball – Dominican Republic 2008 – 2009
-Coach USSSA All American Baseball Coach; Amateur Baseball Report – Kissamee, FL – Houston Astros Complex 2011 – 2012
-National Amateur Baseball Scout – Amateur Baseball Report.com
-Independent National Amateur Baseball Scout – “Private Eye Inc”
-3 year outfield starter at the University of Pittsburgh and team captain his senior year earning the Athletic Directors Academic Achievement Award.
-JUCO Pennsylvania Skyline All Conference Award at C.C.A.C. Boyce Campus where was the teams MVP leading the team in home runs and RBI's.
-Assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh responsible for hitting and outfielders along with eastern area scouting.
-In addition to Don's coaching career he has received numerous outstanding teacher awards in Western Pennsylvania. He was inducted into the Teacher Excellence Foundation Hall of Fame in 2002.
-Coach Nania was inducted into the Men's Professional Softball Hall of Fame here in Pennsylvania and at the National USSSA headquarters.
-Coach Nania resides in Murrysville Pennsylvania with his three children and wife Denise where his one son Brandon is currently the Head Assistant Coach at Patrick Henry Community College and this summer will be coaching the Martinsville Mustangs of the Coastal Plains League.