The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League are pleased to announce the return of head coach Roberto Vaz for the 2013 season.
In 2012 Vaz led the DiamondDawgs to a record for wins in a season (27) and a playoff berth.
Vaz is currently in his second season as assistant baseball coach at LSU Eunice. Vaz is in charge of hitting and outfielders and also assists with recruiting.
In his first year, the Bengals earned their fourth NJCAA National Championship. The offense was highlighted by six NCAA Division I signees, led by All-American Dalton Herrington and Golden Glove recipient Stuart Turner. The Bengals also set school record for wins with 57 victories.
In 1996, Vaz won a national championship as a member of Northeast Texas Community College team where he was the recipient of the MVP, Big Stick (top hitter) and Sportsmanship Awards (1st and only individual ever to win the awards in the same season) for the National Junior College Athletic Association. For these efforts he was selected to the Golden Anniversary All-Time World Series Team as one of the greatest JUCO players ever.
In 1997, while at the University of Alabama, Vaz was named First Team All-American, All-SEC 1st Team and still holds several offensive records at the university. Also in 1997, Vaz was nominated as a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award as the nation’s top collegiate baseball player. While playing at the University of Alabama, the team finished as runner-up at the College World Series in Omaha, NE.
After being drafted by the Oakland A’s in the first year player’s draft in 1997, Vaz played seven years of minor league baseball including winning the Triple-A World Series in 1999 as a member of the Vancouver Canadians. Vaz played in both the Oakland A’s and Texas Rangers Minor League Organizations where he reached Triple-A.
About Roberto Vaz
Full name: Roberto Rafael Vaz III
Originally from: Brooklyn, NY, and of Puerto Rican descent
1994-96 Northeast Texas CC Received AA of Science
1996-1997; 2004 University of Alabama Received Bachelors of Social Work
2006-2010 Grissom High School Assistant Baseball coach
2009-2011 North Alabama Expos Head Coach
2011- Present LSU Eunice Assistant Baseball Coach
2012- Present Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs Head Coach (Perfect Game Collegiate League)
1994- 1996 Northeast Texas CC (1996 National Champions)
1996-1997 University of Alabama (1997 SEC Tournament Champions)
1997-2002 Oakland Athletics Organization (1999 Triple-A Champions- Vancouver Canadians)
2002-2004 Texas Rangers Organization