SECL Commissioner Cory Hough announced today that Anthony Izzio has been named the Player Development Officer for the league. Izzio will oversee pitchers and position players as they adhere to proper conditioning and training to stay in shape during the summer. He will install proper pitching programs to ensure that pitchers get the proper amount of work and keep their arm in shape as well.
Izzio is a former assistant coach on the Tulane staff before joining the Southeast Collegiate League. Known throughout college baseball as a top recruiter, he has played and coached baseball at a very high level throughout his career, including the implementation of effective strength and conditioning programs.
"I am very excited to work with Chris Snopek, Ryan Theriot and the entire staff at SECL. It's incredible the amount of talented players that have already joined this league and I am honored to get to work with the staff and players. This is going to be a fun summer as we work together to create a great experience for everyone playing this summer", stated Izzio when asked about joining the Southeast Collegiate League.
Before joining Tulane in 2019, Izzio spent three seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Pearl River College in Poplarville, helping the Wildcats to three consecutive National Junior College Athletic Association D-II Regional appearances...including earning the #1 Seed at the NJCAA College World Series in 2019. Pearl River won 107 games in the three seasons that Izzio was a coach and recruiter, recognized nationally with three consecutive Top 10 recruiting classes according to Perfect Game. Eleven Wildcats signed to NCAA DI colleges from Pearl River while he was coaching there.
Prior to coaching at Pearl River College, Izzio spent two seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba. He also oversaw the Strength and Conditioning program and assisted players with housing and financial aid.
An All-State and All-South Mississippi pitcher from Vancleave High School, he compiled a 20-4 record his last two seasons before joining the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College pitching staff. There he compiled an 11-7 record with 128 strikeouts and as a sophomore named as a First Team All-MACJC selection.
His next stop was South Alabama, where he compiled an 8-1 record in his final two seasons, striking out 67 batters in 20 appearances. The Jaguars won 43 games in his senior season, and were co-champs of the Sun Belt regular season - securing an at-large bid to the NCAA Regional in Starkville. Izzio earned his bachelor's degree from South Alabama.
After graduating, he spent a season as the pitching coach at Spanish Fort High School in Alabama. The Toros won 39 games that season, finishing 11th in the MaxPreps Xcellent 50 rankings as they won the Class 5A State Championship.