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By Jessa Reid Bolling

Mississippi State head baseball coach John Cohen has announced his successor, Andy Cannizaro, on Nov. 5.

Cohen led Mississippi State to the finals of the College World Series in 2013. Today, he works as the athletic director at MSU.

Cohen introduced Cannizaro as head baseball coach and the man he believes will lead the program to it’s first national championship. Cannizaro worked in Starkville for two years as a hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at LSU.

“He has an outstanding resume as a recruiter and scout in evaluating and developing talent,” Cohen said in a press release from MSU. “He’s been around some of the best minds in all of baseball during his college and professional career. His personality and knowledge of the game will benefit our players.”

The press release said that Cannizaro worked as a scout for the New York Yankees for six years and as a Southeastern Conference assistant coach for two years. He drafted seven players for the Yankees from 2010-14 that reached the Major Leagues, including Bulldog players Jacob Lindgren and Jonathan Holder.

Cannizaro said he is eager to take over for Cohen and continue to be part of the Bulldog family.

“I can’t tell you over and over again how excited I am to be here, to represent this amazing university,” Cannizaro said. “Sitting in the stands, I only dreamed about it and now that it’s a reality, I’m the most excited man on the planet.”

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