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Ryan Cisterna Named Assistant Coach With OUAZ Baseball
– OUAZ head baseball coach Tim Montez announced Thursday morning, that he has hired Gilbert native and former Grand Canyon University assistant Ryan Cisterna, as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Spirit baseball program.
“I am excited to name Ryan Cisterna as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator,” said OUAZ head baseball coach Tim Montez. “My first line of business when I accepted the head coaching position was to bring in the best young assistant coach available in the state of Arizona. It wasn't going to be an easy hire, especially being during the spring when the college baseball season was in full swing. But we got lucky when my good friend and head coach at Grand Canyon University Andy Stankiewicz, highly recommended Ryan (Cisterna) after being his volunteer assistant coach for the past six years.”
Ryan Cisterna joins OUAZ after six years on Andy Stankiewicz’s staff at Grand Canyon University. While at GCU, Cisterna worked primarily with the hitters and catchers. He helped GCU capture its first WAC Conference Championship in 2015. Cisterna also helped lead GCU to a .308 batting average in 2015; which was the eighth highest batting average in all of NCAA Division I baseball.
Cisterna brings a wealth of knowledge to the Spirit program, where he was drafted by three different Major League Baseball clubs. In 2006, Cisterna was drafted by the Kansas City Royals, but Cisterna decided to attend school at the University of Arkansas. Once again in 2007 Cisterna was chosen in the MLB Draft, this time by the Washington Nationals. Cisterna stayed in school where he became one of the nation’s best catchers; as he was nominated for the Johnny Bench Award, recognizing the best catcher in the country. Cisterna was a member of the Razorbacks team that made it to the NCAA College World Series in 2009. After an illustrious career at Arkansas, Cisterna was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2009. Cisterna spent four years with the Angels as both a pitcher and catcher.
“I want to thank Tim Montez and our administration for giving me this opportunity and I look forward to building our OUAZ baseball program,” said Cisterna. “I am excited to work and learn under Coach Montez, who has found great success in his 29 years of coaching at the Division I level.”
Cisterna is married to Alexandra Cisterna, and the couple has a three-year old son Brady, and a one-year old daughter Elle.
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