Jan. 8, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. - Bill Mosiello, the University of Oklahoma's top assistant baseball coach, was recognized in the most recent issue of Baseball America as one of the top assistant coaches in the country. Mosiello, who enters his sixth season with the OU program, was ranked eighth on a list of ten top assistants. The ranking, which accompanied an article on the success of several top assistant coaches around the country with major Division I programs, was based on a selective polling of numerous head coaches throughout the nation.

"We're excited that Bill received this honor for all his hard work that he has put into this profession, not only at the University of Oklahoma, but throughout his collegiate coaching career," commented Oklahoma Head Coach Larry Cochell. "Much of our success as a team is due to the hard work of our coaching staff and Bill is a key part of that success."

In 14 years of collegiate coaching, Mosiello has helped guide 17 players to All-American staus, seen 10 players selected in the first round of the Major League draft and also coached more than 30 players that are currently playing in the Major Leagues. The California native has spent assistant coaching stints at several other top programs prior to joining the Sooner staff, including Mississippi, Tennesse and Cal State Fullerton.

In addition to his duties as the Sooners' third base coach, Mosiello helps in recruiting efforts, instructs the Sooners in hitting and infielding and is responsible for OU's practice organization. At Oklahoma, the Sooners have posted several top finishes in the final national and conference fielding rankings under his direction, including a streak of three-straight first place finishes in the Big 12. Offensively, none of the Sooner teams have hit worse than .309 in five years in Norman.

Mosiello has also estblished himself in the collegiate coaching ranks through his success as a summer league manager. Named Alaska League Manager of the Year in 1990 and 1991, Mosiello has managed two teams to Cape Cod League Western Division championships.