Former Monmouth Assistant Coach Joins Colonials as Pitching Coach for 2017 Season
The Colonials ranked in the top half of the league for earned run average in 2017, bolstered by a strong starting rotation that featured Atlantic 10 All-Rookie and ABCA All-East Region Second Team selection Elliott Raimo. Under Oliveri's direction, Raimo finished his rookie campaign by leading GW and ranking second in the Atlantic 10 with eight victories. He pitched to a 3.20 ERA on the season with a team-best 73 strikeouts and two complete games.
Oliveri also saw postseason honors for two other pitchers. Senior Eddie Muhl earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 25th round of the 2017 MLB Draft. Junior Will Kobos also earned ABCA All-East Region Second Team honors after pitching in a team-high 24 games this past season while leading the team with a 1.99 ERA across 40.2 innings of work.
Oliveri came to GW following a successful five-year stint at Monmouth University.
As the pitching coach at Monmouth, Oliveri played a key role in the development of the 2016 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Pitcher of the Year Ricky Dennis. Dennis led the MAAC with eight wins and posted a 3.78 ERA in 14 starts, with four complete games, two shutouts and a 56:21 strikeout to walk ratio in 78.2 innings.
He also saw one of his pitchers get drafted last spring as left-handed pitcher Anthony Ciaverlla was taken in the 24th round by the St. Louis Cardinals in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Prior to his tenure at Monmouth, Oliveri was an assistant coach at Radford University. Primarily working with the catchers, Oliveri helped decrease passed balls, pitchers' wild pitches and errors by Highlander backstops over a two-year period.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Oliveri was a three-year starter and two-year team captain at the University of Buffalo. He earned his degree in business administration.
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