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Joe Reina - Head Coach, University of Rochester

Jan 7, 2021

Head coach Joe Reina (pronounced: REE-nuh) just recently completed his 19th season coaching at the University of Rochester in 2020. During his time at Rochester, he has created a firm foundation for success on the diamond.


Under Reina, Rochester has qualified for the Liberty League baseball playoffs 12 times, coming in 2003 (when it was known at the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association), '04, '06-'10, '12, '14-'16 and '18-'19. Reina and his staff have been recognized for their accomplishments in the Liberty League by earning the league's Coaching Staff of the Year award in 2004, 2007-09 and 2018.

Reina picked up his 300th career victory in the 2015 season, coming following a 2-1 win over Clarkson University. He has a career record of 384-313-2 (.551) overall and is 225-136 (.623) in conference play across 18 seasons.


A Rochester native, Reina is a graduate of Gates-Chili High School where he starred at shortstop for the Spartans. He then took his talents to Monroe Community College where he played under Hall of Fame coach H. David Chamberlain. In 1995, Reina was selected as the Region III Player of the Year and a second team All- American shortstop. He was awarded a full athletic scholarship to Division I, Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus. A two-year starter for the Blackbirds, Reina had two solid seasons including his junior year where he hit .371 and four grand slams in a season. He graduated with a bachelors degree in physical education.


While at TCNJ, Reina worked as the infield instructor and recruiting coordinator. The Lions won their first Conference championship in 18 years in 2000. In May of 2001, Reina graduated with a Masters of Education Degree.