Danny Benedetti is in his first year as an assistant coach with the Manhattan College baseball program.
Benedetti will work primarily with the hitters and catchers and arrives in Riverdale after spending the previous three seasons as a volunteer coach at St. John's.
During his time with the Red Storm, he helped his alma mater to the 2015 Big East Championship and a berth in the Stillwater Regional while having nine student-athletes hear their name called in the annual Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Last summer, Benedetti served as the head coach/field manager of Thunder Bay in the Northwoods League. He also was the head coach of Sag Harbor of the Hampton Collegiate Baseball League, leading the Whalers to a co-championship in 2014 while also managing the South All-Star team.
Benedetti got his start in coaching at California State University Long Beach, working as a graduate assistant for four seasons from 2010-2013.
A standout on the field, he played two years at St. John's under the guidance of legendary head coach Ed Blankmeyer after transferring from Irvine Valley JC. During that time, Benedetti earned back-to-back All Big East accolades while helping the Red Storm to the 2008 Big East Championship and a berth in the Houston Regional.
With St. John's, he batted .332 with 18 doubles, 50 RBI and a .392 on-base percentage, was named to the 2009 Johnny Bench Award Watch List and threw out 45.3 percent (29-of-64) of potential base stealers while playing alongside future major leagurs Joe Panik, Scott Barnes and Danny Burawa.
Benedetti graduated from St. John's in 2009 with a degree in history and earned his masters in public administration and policy in 2013 from Long Beach State.