Mike Harrington, Director of Athletics at Farmingdale State, is pleased to announce that former Major League baseball player Keith Osik has been named Head Baseball Coach at Farmingdale State.
Osik finished his major league career in 2004 with the Baltimore Orioles. He spent his first seven years with the Pittsburgh Pirates and one year with the Milwaukee Brewers. Primarily a catcher, he also played seven other positions during his career. Osik, who made his major league debut with Pittsburgh in 1996, was selected by the Texas Rangers out of high school and selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 24th round after his junior year of College.
Osik played three years at Louisiana State University where he was an All-Southeast Conference selection at catcher in his junior year. He started at shortstop his freshman year with the Tigers and at third base his sophomore season. Osik played all nine positions in a game against Northeast Louisiana during his junior year and was the pitcher of record in a 6-5, 11-inning loss.
He is a graduate of Shoreham-Wading River High School where he led the Wildcats to the 1987 State Championship and was the recipient of the Yastrzemski Award which is presented to the most outstanding baseball player in Suffolk County.
Osik replaces Ken Rocco who was the coach at Farmingdale since 1971.