Staff
Head Coach
Tom Riginos

Tom Riginos is entering his seventh season as head coach of the Winthrop baseball team after leading the Eagles to back to back winning seasons.

Riginos was officially introduced as the new baseball coach at Winthrop University on August 4, 2010, becoming just the third head coach in the program’s history.

In his first season with the program, two Winthrop players were drafted in the 2011 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft (Tyler Mizenko, Eddie Rohan), while one signed a free agent contract (Robert Lake). Mizenko was drafted in the 28th round by the San Francisco Giants and Rohan in the 50th round by the New York Mets, with Lake signing with the Mets as well. The 2013 draft included pitchers Eric Ruth and Matt Pierpont. Ruth was taken in the 11th round by the Tampa Bay Rays while Pierpont went in the 26th round to the Colorado Rockies. Outfielder TJ Olesczuk was drafted in 2014 in the 40th round by the Baltimore Orioles.

Riginos earned his first career victory as a head coach in the Eagles' 14-9 season-opening victory over the San Diego State Aztecs, who were coached by Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn.

Prior to joinging the Eagles, Riginos (pronounced rih-JEEN-uhs) spent eight seasons on the Clemson baseball staff under head coach Jack Leggett. He spent his final three seasons with the Tigers as the associate head coach/recruiting coordinator, and was an assistant head coach from 2003-07.

During his time as the recruiting coordinator at Clemson, Riginos brought in consecutive top-20 recruiting classes. The 2009 class was ranked ninth by Collegiate Baseball, while the 2010 recruiting class ranked 29th nationally by Baseball America.

Before heading to Clemson, Riginos spent nine seasons (1994-02) with head coach Pete Dunn as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Stetson University. He recruited eight classes for the Hatters program that garnered national recognition. Riginos also recruited six All-Americans and 10 Freshman All-Americans during his time at Stetson.

He coached four of the five top hitting teams in Hatter program history, which included the 2001 squad that posted a .324 team batting average and 78 long balls. The team also finished the season ranked 24th nationally in batting average, 12th in slugging percentage and 19th in homers per-game.

Riginos tutored five All-Americans and five of the best hitters in Stetson history including Chris Westervelt, Kevin Nicholson, Frank Corr and Sammy Serrano.

He began his collegiate coaching career as the top assistant and graduate assistant coach for two seasons at Eastern Kentucky under head coach Jim Ward. Riginos was in charge of the hitters and outfielders for the Colonels, and helped coach the team to a second-place league finish during the 1992 season.

“I have been with three head coaches who have probably more than 3,200 wins,” said Riginos.”There are probably not too many assistant coaches that have been under coaches like that. That right there gives me the experience to build the Winthrop program. The one thing that I will promise is that our guys will play hard, they will be competitive and they will represent Winthrop University in a first-class manner. I can guarantee you that.”

As a player, Riginos was a four-year letter winner for the Hatters from 1987-90. He played under Dunn and helped Stetson to three NCAA Regionals and three conference titles. Riginos played in 225 career contests and hit .279, while finishing as one of the top base-stealers in program history with 61. He was also named team captain during the 1990 season.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Sports Administration from Stetson in 1990, and later earned a master’s degree in Physical Education/Sports Administration from Eastern Kentucky in 1993.

A native of Clearwater, FL, Riginos is married to the former Shaileen Kelley. The couple has twin girls, Alexandra and Grace (16), and a son, Chatham (7). Tom also has a son, Ben (29) who plays professionally with the Minnesota Twins.

Assistant Coach
Clint Chrysler

Clint Chrysler begins his seventh season on the Winthrop baseball staff and is the Assistant Head Coach, Recruiting Coordinator, and Pitching Coach

Chrysler has been instrumental in developing the Eagles' pitching staff. Five Winthrop pitchers have gone on to sign professional contracts during Chrysler's five seasons on the staff.

Winthrop's pitching staff has ranked among the top 50 nationally in strikeouts/base on ball ratio and fewest base on balls per nine innings from 2012-2016.

Chrysler has coached two All-Big South Performers (Tyler Mizenko, Matt Crohan) as well as numerous Big South Pitcher of the Week recipients.

Chrysler has also helped bring in high-caliber recruiting classes during his tenure at Winthrop. The 2013 class was ranked #1 in the Big South Conference and #63 nationally. The 2014 class was rated #2 in the Big South and top 100 nationally, while the 2015 class was likewise ranked among the nation’s top 100.

Chrysler came to the Eagles after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Stetson University. During his time with the Hatters, Chrysler was in charge of the outfielders, assisted with the hitters and pitchers, as well as serving as the first-base coach and baseball camp coordinator.

“I am very excited about having Clint on our staff,” said head coach Tom Riginos. “Clint brings a competitive spirit and wealth of knowledge to the program. He is one of the bright and up-and-coming pitching coaches in college baseball. He is an extremely valuable member of our program.”

A native of Clear Lake, TX, Chrysler was a member of the first recruiting class that Coach Riginos brought in at Stetson University in 1994. He played three seasons as a two-way player for the Hatters and accumulated a 14-10 record on the mound with a 3.80 ERA. As a hitter, Chrysler had a career average of .309, including a career-high .344 average as a junior. He helped lead Stetson to two NCAA Tournament appearances in three seasons and currently holds the single-game pitching record by throwing 11 innings against Florida International on May 15, 1997.

Chrysler was named the 1996 Cape Cod League Reliever of the Year playing for the Wareham Gatemen. He also set the Cape Cod League save record that season and still holds the Gatemen team saves record. Chrysler was named to the Mid-Season All-Star Team during the season as well.

Chrysler left the Hatter baseball program after his junior season when he was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 17th round of the 1997 Major League Draft. He spent nine years playing professional baseball with the Mariners (1997-99) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (2000-04), and reached as high as the AAA level playing for the Pirates (Nashville Sounds). During his professional career, Chrysler was named to two minor league All-Star teams.

In 2010, he spent this summer as the head coach of the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs of the Florida Collegiate Summer League. The Diamond Dawgs won a league-record 31 games and the 2010 Florida League Championship, which was played at the Tampa Bay Rays’ Tropicana Field. Chrysler was also recognized as Manager of the Year.

He graduated from Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, FL in 1994. As a player at Boca Ciega, Chrysler earned First Team All-Suncoast and All-State honors. He was drafted in the 47th round of the 1994 Major League Draft by the New York Yankees, but instead chose to attend Stetson.

Chrysler earned his bachelor’s degree in Supervision and Management from Daytona State College in December of 2009.

Assistant Coach
Robert Monday

Monday, who will work primarily with catchers and hitters, joins the Eagles after coaching at University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Barton College and a successful playing career at University of North Carolina Wilmington after transferring from Surry Community College his freshman year.

Monday coached the 2017 season as an assistant baseball coach / camp coordinator at UNC Wilmington. He was responsible for hitters.

Prior to Wilmington, Monday spent a year at Barton College as the assistant baseball coach / assistant outdoor complex coordinator. He worked with the players to enhance their hitting ability and mental toughness while in the box.

Monday graduated in May 2010 from UNCW with a degree in Communication Studies. He played one season for the Surry Community College and three seasons with UNCW. He was the Seahawks Team MVP in 2010, ABCA All-State in 2010, and CAA All-Conference in 2009-10 season.

Assistant Coach
Austin Hill