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DiMare steps down

The first member of UM's baseball team to announce he's leaving after the season isn't a player. In a bit of a surprising move, longtime assistant Gino DiMare told coach Jim Morris Friday he's stepping down.

DiMare just completed his 12th year on the Hurricane coaching staff where he served as the assistant head baseball coach, recruiting coordinator and coached the hitters and outfielders.

Gino_dimare“Gino has been a very important part of our Hurricane baseball program going back to his playing days,” Morris said in a statement released by the school. “He’s played a big part in our winning national titles during my time and our advancing to the College World Series. I can’t thank him enough for his tireless work on the recruiting trail in keeping Miami as one of the top programs. I was very saddened to hear that he wanted to step down. Family is important to Gino, and he wanted to spend more time with them. He will always be a Hurricane.”

DiMare said in the statement he's leaving the program to spend more time with his family.

“I have really enjoyed my 12 years on the Miami coaching staff,” DiMare said. “It’s been a tremendous opportunity being able to coach at my alma mater. I have a wonderful wife as well as young daughters, and I wanted to spend more time with them. College baseball is a great sport, but we as coaches have to make some sacrifices when it comes to traveling and being away from our loved ones. I felt like this was the right time to be more accessible to my family. Miami has a great baseball tradition. I have been honored to work with some of the best college baseball players in the country. I wish nothing but the best for the program and can’t wait to follow its success in the future.”

Miami has had some of the best offensive teams under DiMare’s direction. UM's offense has ranked among the top 10 in school history in seven of DiMare's nine seasons as the club's hitting instructor. His 2008 squad hit .320 and finished with the second-most home runs (106) in school history. The 711 hits were 10th all-time while the 2008 squad also ranked ninth in doubles (135), eighth in RBI (517), eighth in total bases (1,202) and fourth in slugging percentage (.541). It also featured first round selections Yonder Alonso, the seventh overall pick in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft by the Cincinnati Reds, and Jemile Weeks, the 12th overall pick to the Oakland A’s. Alonso’s 24 homers fell just one shy of tying the school record. Three other Hurricane hitters went in the first four rounds of the 2008 MLB draft as Dennis Raben (second round to Seattle Mariners), Blake Tekotte (third round to the San Diego Padres) and Mark Sobolewski (fourth round to the Toronto Blue Jays) were selected.

DiMare’s accomplishments on the recruiting scene over the last eight seasons are as impressive as the Hurricanes’ annual postseason results. His 2001 class was rated among the top five nationally and his 2003 class was ranked among the top 15 nationally. DiMare’s 2007 class was ranked second by Collegiate Baseball and fifth by Baseball America. His 2008 class earned a No. 20 ranking by Collegiate Baseball.

His classes featured the 2005 ACC Player of the Year and ACC Pitcher of the Year, Ryan Braun (California) and Cesar Carrillo (Illinois). Braun and Carrillo were also Miami’s two first-round draft picks in 2005. Chris Hernandez was named the 2008 ACC Freshman of the Year while a total of eight Hurricanes were named to All-ACC teams in 2008. DiMare has also kept Florida’s top talent home, including 2006 first-round pick Chris Perez (Holmes Beach) and second-round pick, Jon Jay (Miami). He was instrumental in helping Miami to 12 NCAA postseason appearances, two national titles, eight College World Series appearances, 11 NCAA Regional championships and nine Super Regionals.

So how do you feel about the Canes losing DiMare?


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PINK...Nice to see that even U read Canespace! Thanks for the extra hits.

Our goal is for Canespace will be the #1 blog in the entire Hurricane sports world
-- 86Cane

Posted by: green | June 21, 2008 at 05:02 PM

And wouldn't that be the goal of ALL Canes blogs? That's a no brainer, just like you!

This is a FREE place to talk about the Canes and PROMOTE all things Cane related.

Posted by: Casual observer | June 21, 2008 at 02:03 PM
casual with another's money ...
where do you draw the line?

BTW, calling me a coward at this point seems awfully childish. Cut it out.

Posted by: Casual observer | June 21, 2008 at 02:03 PM
you can act like a man
-- don corleone


Posted by: 86Cane | June 21, 2008 at 03:35 PM
the miami herald needs you ...

Here's an example of Manny posting a new blog entry at Canespace from just yesterday:

Big Canes news. Gino DiMare steps down... http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2008/06/dimare-steps-do.html

Posted by: Manny Navarro | June 20, 2008 at 08:16 PM

See BROWN it works BOTH ways. I know that's hard for you to understand, but someday you'll get it!

Cant we all just get along http://miami.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=819000

Gino is a great guy, if he shows up at FLorida Atlantic University as Head Coach, don't be surprised as MacCormack has not been given the nod there as of yer. He applied for Florida International University last year before Tuttle got the job. He doesn't need to work in baseball anyway, but Miami lost a GREAT coach and recruiter. With JD Arteaga having applied for the Central Florida Job (which went to the LSU assistant coach) earlier this month you really wonder what may be happening on the inside, if anything??? Drama in Miami?

Considering the ACC's 1-9 record in BCS bowl games over the past decade -- the worst record of the six BCS conferences -- expansion didn't exactly turn the Seminole's league into the superpower many expected. Instead, the nine other teams have sandwiched their new members into a 12-layer Dagwood of mediocrity. Their lack of progress can mainly be attributed to one team, and one team only. Duhhhhhh U!!!

Miami, the program expected to give the ACC an instant upgrade, has lost more games (19) in four seasons as a member of a mid-grade conference than it did in its last seven seasons as a Big Easy member. Lack of competition in the Big East......Anyone? Anyone?

Since expansion, the Hurricanes have fired a coach, embarrassed the league with the infamous FIU brawl, and played some bad football. Miami was 12-13 in its past two seasons, and Randy Shannon began his career in 2007 with a pitiful 2-6 conference record that included a 10 point win over Duke (6-45 over the past five years, 13-90 since 1999).

On the bright side , things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.

Also, after reading all these posts by this 86cane, I think I like this guy. He makes all of us canes fans look like little puny, whiny girls! I love it. So much for Duhh U having that hardcore badass persona! Man, have times changed or what! 86, your welcome to self promote your stupidass blog on any of the gator blogs! Come on over!

Oh brother Green. Did you just compare tolerance to the holocaust and your disgust of 86 promoting his website in the same sentence?

Hey that was fun.

In all seriosness, writing "Awareness" doesn't really answer the question. So I'll ask it again. If you are correct, and 86's promotion of his website was a bad thing, then why does the Miami Herald not do anything?

And once again, what vested interest is it of yours to speak on behalf of the Miami Herald? Don't come back with this moral high horse thing because it's weak at best, and delusional at the very least.

For blogging and other message board related to the Canes also post here:

Hope I didn't just open up pandora's box :$

Casual Observer and 86cane seem like a nice couple. I didn't realize Florida had approved gay marriage already. Maybe those 2 should be trying to push their little bloggy on a gay website. Maybe they're going about this all wrong.

I hope that "canesrule" goes back to his trailer, has his sister/wife make breakfast for him, then try to count his families teeth and break into double digits.
I thought that inbreeding was illegal?
Maybe it still is in Gainesville. Just like it is legal for football players to charge things to the credit card of a dead girl!
Losers and crybabies.
Shandel, it is time to kick this moron off the blog.

I just read the Rivals article about us being ranked 41 in their preseason poll.

I have to say that I agree with it. You can't expect a first time starter to go into the Swamp and beat the Heisman winner and a preaseson top 10 team in only his second start.

The real test is at TA&M since they will probably be about as good as we are right now and it's a road game. If we can win the swing games like UVA and split with FSU and VT then we could come out with a 8-4 season.

This would be a HUGE step in the right direction and create a lot of excitement since for the first time in 7 years our record would be IMPROVING year to year.

Sorry if the facts and numbers baffle you, but that does not make me a candidate for getting kicked off.

- The ACC's record in BCS bowl games since it's inception is 1-9.

- Duhhh U has lost more games in four seasons in the ACC than they did in their last seven seasons of the Big Easy where there was zero competition.

- In 2007, Duhhh U needed a late TD to pull off a 10 point win over a fellow ACC team that has gone 13-90 since 1999.

- Duhhh U has yet to make, let alone win, an ACC Title Game since joining a conference with mild competition at best.

- In 2008, Duhhh U will once again fail to have a winning regular season record for the third year straight.

- Duhhh U's only sign of strenth in 2008 is their young D under a new DC which will be going up against: the Gators 2 Heisman Candidates, experienced starters returning nearly the entire offense intact from 2007, a team that has the most speed per player at all skill positions, and a offense that averaged 42.5 points per game and 463.2 yards per game in 2007.

"You can't expect a first time starter to go into the Swamp and beat the Heisman winner"..... Shannon is thinking the same exact thing, and there isn't a single damn thing he can do about it. Well played in pissing off your only returning QB with experience.

"He makes all of us canes fans look like little puny, whiny girls!"........That was already the case, it didn't take me to make that very apparent.

Very interesting..

Canes love oral of any kind, but do they really call it oral argument in Kentucky? We prefer to call it oral agreement, as in our favorite jersey number, yes, you guessed it, 69. Does one of the Puncy Bouncy Twins wear our favorite number? By the by, I have completed plenty of oral agreements lately, if you kow what I mean. I insisted on staying chaste until my marriage, and my partner respects me for that.

Duke is no worse than some of the lower tier SEC patsies, like the two mississippis and vandy, and kentuckyand south carolina for that matter: I would say that louisville ought to match them as possible replacements for the up and coming Blue Devils.

Lamar Thomas interview, Part II:


SOUP aka 86Cane aka tom popadak aka sybil

a freeloader by any other name would smell as foul ...

Green...and who are U? Everybody already knows who I am, now post your name here too and then we are on equal ground.



Your make a lot of arguments that are factually correct about our past. I don't know if you saw that youtube video of our team coming out of the tunnel at the Oklahoma game last year. Absolutely pathetic, they were carrying themselves like they'd already lost. Also the lack of effort during the UVA debacle was indisputable. We have a 12-13 record over the last 2 years. No one can dispute this.

However, what I can dispute is where this program is heading. I believe an 8-4 record is very possible with a potential for a 9-3 if things fall our way. (Yes one of those losses is at the Swamp).

An 8-4 record coming off a national championship year can wreck your program's momentum. But an 8-4 record after a 5-7 season would be quite a positive turnaround. Plus showing recruits that young guys have a chance to make an early contribution could really help recruiting. So I think we become a hotter program with any winning record and a bowl game next year.

I would like to remind you that Meyer had an 8-5 record his first season and still pulled in a top recruiting class that included Tebow. This was because he brought excitement and momentum to Florida. I believe Shannon does the same thing for UM.

I know, I agree. The CANES are on their way up. I know this, and this is why I am so full of manure in all my posts.

Again, like all gators, I have no class, no teeth, and I take it up the rear!

I am so scared of the CANES!

Just ignore this idiot and he'll skulk away and foul up someone else's blog.

Green...and who are U?

Posted by: SOUP | June 22, 2008 at 11:09 PM
a blogger with a conscience ...

Hey CA Cane


I am terrified of my gators playing the canes. The canes have signed a better class, and Coker is no longer the coach.

I wish my gators had accomplished what the canes have. I will admit it. the gators are afraid to play the canes every year!

I have no social life and get my kicks out of writing wimpy annoying blog's on other people's valuable chat rooms. Someone please think I's important .
P.S. My dog just left me and my girlfriend will not talk to me anymore

Thanks for filling in for me imposter canesrule! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, even when coming from an imbecile such as your self.

"I am so scared of the CANES!" - imposter canesrule

Please? Even the 13-90 Blue Devils aren't scared of our beloved has-been Canes. If the game of college fooball was only 57 minutes long, Duhhhh U would have esacped with a rather substantial 3 point win in 2007.

So when Cutcliffe gives Shannon a taste of his imported SEC coaching knowledge is anybody really going to classify it as an upset?

SFCane - it's actually refreshing to see a fan of Duhhhh U respond with honesty and class, unfortunately you bought into the response of one of our sterotypical asinine fan's response.

It is funny you mention the the 8-4 record as an achievement. You are correct that it would be an improvement on 5-7, but that was also Ron Zook's record the first year he "circled the wagons" up there in Gainesville.

The comparisons between Zook and Shannon are uncanny: defensively minded, pretty good recruiters, can't coach worth a lick.

Just a heads up of what we can expect until the day Shannon is fired mid-season in 2009.

Its sad to see Gino go...It should of been JD!I have followed Miami Baseball from the old Fraser days....This year was a let down..espeacially the pitching in the cws.I love baseball in this city from FIU to St. Thomas University who has also gone to the NAIA World Series 4 times..Morris should hire some of those guys, they are good as any coaches in my opinion. The failure to win this year the CWS is a huge let dowm..big time players and could not do it..sad.very sad....

I agree JD could not live up to the pressure when it came to his pitching. My goodness what happened? Gino should stay, That family thing is an excuse.I also agree that the St. Thomas University staff is great.. I have seen them play and they are a good team. I know a few of them and watch out for those Bobcats next year..great group of guys on their team.


I got to go with Fresno St..

Big time upset. yeah hes going to fiu with turtle and garcia.

Yes I do believe St. Thomas University is a great program. F.I.U is horrible, at least St. Thomas wins. Gino is heading to FIU I believe. That was an excuse if you ask me. I met some of their Coaches this weekend from St. Thomas at FIU. Great bunch of guys

This year was a let down..The failure to win this year the CWS is a huge let dowm..big time players and could not do it..sad.very sad....

Posted by: RICKY GONZALEZ | June 23, 2008 at 08:29 PM
1st ACC title, #1 ranking, #1 seed, 53 Ws, freshman pitcher of the year, 6 All-ACC honorees, 3 first-rounders, 36th straight postseason, regional & super regional host, regional & super regional champ, 23rd CWS, 23 telecasts, A-Rod Park construction, cherished memories ...
all or nothing necessitates disappointment ... sad indeed ...
let down?

The SEC league's coaching ranks have become too crowded with A-listers for everyone to survive. Five guys have won national titles: LSU's Les Miles, Florida's Urban Meyer, Alabama's Nick Saban, Tennessee's Phil Fulmer and South Carolina's Steve Spurrier. A sixth (Auburn's Tommy Tuberville) has a 13-0 record on his résumé. Three more (Georgia's Mark Richt, Arkansas' Bobby Petrino and Mississippi's Houston Nutt) have one or more 10-win seasons. Kentucky's Rich Brooks has taken a team to the Rose Bowl. And we haven't even mentioned the league's reigning coach of the year, Mississippi State's Sylvester Croom.

That leaves one school -- Vanderbilt, without a coach who has some big-time bragging rights on his resume.

So where exactly would Randy Shannon fall on this list at 5-7 and no bowl game?

If Duhhhh U were in the SEC they would be the equivalent of the ACC's Duke.

hey gaturd incognito, betcha didn't know ...

ACC disbursement ($137.5M) > sec disbursement ($127.2M)


and to those poormouthing poor ol' Miami ...

UM athletic budget ($50M+) > notre lame athletic budget ($44.5M)


simple question, who qualified who didnt ?

Losing DiMare is tough, but I can understand making your family your first priority. Coaching takes you away from your family too much, too often.
Good luck, Gino; wish you & your family the best.
As far as the article on Notre Dame, they do have alot of "under the table" $$$$'s. Wonder how they feel about the extreme lack of success under Charlie Weis.

Duhhhh U's home field advantage, 30 miles from campus > Playing in The Swamp, 0 miles from campus.


21 miles / 25 minutes from campus ...

Half filled stadium / Free tickets with a test drive


Orange & Teal Colors / 16-16 ACC conference game record


4th Choice Coach / 5-7 Record


Lamar Thomas Interview, Part III:


No bowl game
Michigan fan for a day
Permanent yellow & blue face paint
Buccaneers win in Dolphin Stadium
Nine days of smack talk
Non-stop tears of sadness
Leavng with 12 minutes left in the 3rd
341 mile drive home


10th Alabama player arrested within the past year but Miami is still known as thugs. I don't think Miami has had 10 players arrested in the history of the University, much less in a 1-year span.

It's so pathetic to see these Gator losers come on Hurricane boards to talk crap. What is it, the 20+ years of frustration? You feel you just gotta get it all out before the Canes come back? LOL. Why would someone be so concerned about a team coming off a 5-7 season? Talk about an inferiority complex.

Orange & Teal Colors

Posted by: canesrule | June 24, 2008 at 11:45 PM
marlins contract with dolphin stadium expires after 2010 ...

4th Choice Coach

Posted by: canesrule | June 24, 2008 at 11:48 PM
1st black to coach a major florida university ...

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