Jared Gaynor has been hired to be the new head coach of the Lima Locos.
Gaynor, who is the pitching coach at Arizona Christian University, made the announcement via twitter Wednesday.
“I am excited for my first head coach opportunity with the @locosbaseball this summer,” Gaynor said in a tweet. “Things rarely go the way I plan and I am so thankful for that because I serve a God that has bigger plans then I could imagine.”
According to his biography from his website, Gaynor received his Bachelor of Science in Health Management from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, in 2014. Gaynor began his collegiate baseball career at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix in 2011 where in two years he won 14 games and pitched over 150 innings. Following his second season at South Mountain, Gaynor spent two more years pitching for George Mason University where he won 10 games and pitched almost 200 innings. In his senior season he won eight games, posted a 1.67 ERA I 108 innings and was recognized on the the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team and the Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team.
After graduation, Gaynor played professional baseball and played for the Wichita Wingnuts, Grand Prairie Airhogs and the Lincoln Saltdogs in the American Association of Independent Baseball He also pitched for the Eastside Diamond Hoppers in the United Shore Professional Baseball League.
In his tweet, Gaynor posted that he would need Tommy John surgery and his pitching career was on hold and then he got the call to become the Locos skipper.
“Not even a week after I found out I need surgery, I received a phone call from a collegiate summer baseball team in Ohio, called the Lima Locos about a coaching opportunity,” Gaynor wrote. “After a couple of interviews I accepted the head coaching job.
“I don’t know if I’ll ever pitch professionally again in my life, again in my life but for the first time I’m okay with that. I’m excited for this opportunity where it could lead.”
Gaynor is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and is Precision Nutrition Level 1 certified.