Joe Witkowski is in his first year as the pitching coach for theCoast Guard baseball team.
He graduated from Xavier High in Middletown in 2006 where he was aClass LL All-state selection. He hit .439 during his senior seasonwith three homers and 33 RBI’s and 30 runs scored and wasnamed MVP of the Connecticut High School Coaches AssociationAll-Star Game as a senior.
Joe signed as a free agent with the Houston Astros in 2011 after asuccessful collegiate career at St. John’s University, wherehe threw out 35.3 percent (49-of-139) of base stealersfor his career. He also boasted a career fielding percentage of.993, committing just seven errors in 955 total chances. Joe hit.357 as a sophomore and drove in a career-high 22 runs during hissenior season.
He signed with the Washington Nationals as a pitcher andattended spring training before an injury ended his playingcareer.