Steve Ziroli graduated from Marshall University in 2004 and is entering his seventh season as the pitching coach for the Bulls. He has been an integral part of the coaching staff, consistently helping the pitching staff surpass program and individual records over each of his first six seasons.
The Ziroli led pitching staff made history in 2016 as they allowed the least amount of walks (194) since the programs reinstatement in 2000 as well as owning a program record strikeout to walk ratio of 1.9.
Ziroli saw two of his relief pitchers from the 2016 campaign sign professional contracts as junior closer Mike Kaelin was drafted in the 15th round of the MLB draft by the Los Angeles Angels and junior relief pitcher Blair Lakso signed a contract with the Minnesota Twins.
Under Ziroli's watch in 2016, junior right-handed pitcher Alec Tuohy was able to make the switch from reliever to starting pitcher and earned first team All-MAC honors. The junior finished off his campaign with a 7-4 overall record, second most wins in program history for a single season, while owning a 2.98 ERA and striking out 69 batters, ninth in program history for a single season.
In 2015, Ziroli helped lead the UB pitching staff to a program record in strikeouts in a season with 377. Ziroli's staff also set a program record for saves in a season with 13 including a team-best five from closer Mike Kaelin.
The UB pitching staff has continued to show improvement in staff ERA under Ziroli, highlighted by a 3.72 ERA in 2013 that was the lowest since the 1973 season and led the conference for the first time ever. Recently, 2014 graduate and All-MAC first team member Mike Burke was drafted in the 30th round by the Baltimore Orioles after a senior season that saw him break numerous modern day pitching records including strikeouts in a season (78). Burke holds the UB program record for wins (20), starts (43), innings pitched (291.2) and strikeouts (224). Fellow starting pitcher Kevin Hughes earned second team All-MAC accolades under the tutelage of Ziroli in 2014.
In 2013, the team set new program high marks almost completely across the board, with new post-reinstatement era records in ERA, innings pitched, wins, shutouts, runs and earned runs, saves, and fewest walks and wild pitches. He guided Burke to one of the best all-around seasons by any pitcher in program history, and the team saw three pitchers make All-MAC teams (Burke first team, River McWilliams and Anthony Magovney second team). Freshman Ben Hartz also had a great season for the Bulls earning Freshman All-American honors after earning six wins and a save while holding opponents to a .236 batting average against him. His 2.01 ERA for the season was the eighth lowest in the all-time history of the program, and it stands as the lowest ERA by a pitcher post-reinstatement (in 2000).
2012 graduate Cameron Copping signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Mariners after a senior season that saw him break numerous modern day pitching records under Ziroli's watchful eye.
Ziroli pitched for the Thundering Herd in 2003-2004. In his senior season, he went 3-1 with a 4.04 ERA as primarily a middle reliever, logging 23 appearances with two saves and 62 strikeouts. For his Division I career, Ziroli went 7-4 with a 4.08 ERA. Prior to that he pitched at Parkland College in Champaign, IL in 2001-2002, team won JUCO division II national championship.
After graduating, he played two years of pro ball, signing with Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League in 2004 where he played alongside his older brother Mike. He then played for Richmond Roosters of Frontier league in 2005.
Once his playing career ended, Ziroli spent time as the pitching coach for Thunder Bay Border Cats in Thunder Bay, ON, Canada, member of the Northwoods League in 2006. Most recently, he has worked for the Chicago White Sox Training Academy in Chicago as an instructor.
Ziroli has a B.A. in Sports Management and Marketing from Marshall. Originally from LaGrange, Illinois, he now resides in Buffalo with his wife Michele.