Andrew Amaro begins his first season as Florida State’s volunteer assistant coach after a four-year stint as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at La Salle University. Most recently, Amaro spent the summer as hitting coach with the Trenton Thunder in the inaugural MLB Draft League. Eleven Thunder players signed MLB-affiliated contracts in July 2021.
Excluding the shortened 2020 season, the Explorers improved its batting average each year under Amaro’s guidance. The team peaked in 2021, breaking a 36-year school record for wins in a season as well as tying the program record for conference wins. La Salle piled up nine year-end awards from the Atlantic 10 Conference, including five all-conference selections. Amaro also developed Tatem Levins into an All-Region honoree in only his second full season as one of the top catchers in the East Region. Furthermore, under Amaro’s coaching, Ryan Guckin tied the school record for triples in a season, while Jack Cucinotta became one of the top base-stealers in program history.
In 2019, Amaro’s second at La Salle, the Explorers set a school record with 44 home runs.
A two-time Major League Baseball Draft selection, Amaro spent the 2017 season as an assistant coach at the University of Delaware. He helped the Blue Hens’ offense compile a .310 batting average, an on-base percentage of .408 and a .478 team slugging percentage. In Amaro’s only season with the Blue Hens, Delaware won the CAA championship for the first time in school history and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
The nephew of former Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., Amaro served as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II power Tampa in 2016. While in Tampa, Amaro worked with the outfielders, served as an advanced scout, and directed base running and bunting. The Spartans went 41-10 during the 2016 season and advanced to the NCAA South Regional.
A native of Bensalem, Pa., and a standout at William Penn Charter School, Amaro began his collegiate career at the University of Maryland and played three seasons with the Terrapins from 2012-14 before moving on to Tampa. During the 2015 season, he batted .320 with three home runs, 25 RBI, and a team-high 19 stolen bases, earning All-Sunshine State Conference honors and leading the team to a 43-13 record and a NCAA Division II national title.
Originally drafted by the Phillies in the 47th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft, he was drafted by the Phillies once again in 2015, this time in the 35th round. He played one season in the minors, competing for the Lakewood (N.J.) Blue Claws and the Williamsport (Pa.) Crosscutters.
Amaro earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tampa in December 2015. He is completing his Masters in Strategic Communication at La Salle.
|2016 - Tampa||41-10||.804||0-2|
|Total at Tampa (1 year)||41-10||.804||0-2|
|2017 - Delaware||34-23||.596||0-2|
|Total at Delaware (1 year)||34-23||.596||0-2|
|2018 - La Salle||14-41||.255||--|
|2019 - La Salle||25-31||.446||--|
|2020 - La Salle||5-9||.357||--|
|2021 - La Salle||32-21||.604||--|
|Totals at La Salle (4 years)||76-102||.427||0-0|
|Totals (6 years)||151-135||.528||0-4|
|Laz Rivera||2017||Tampa||White Sox||28||837|