14 Steve Marino
Steve Marino returns on the Miners' coaching staff for his second season as the team's hitting coach in 2019.
No stranger to Southern Illinois, Marino spent all five of his professional seasons as a player in the Frontier League, the last three of which in a Miners uniform from 2014-16. A rock at the hot corner who played in 282 of a possible 288 regular season games at third base, Marino finished his career ranking in the Miners' career top-10 in 12 different statistical categories, including second in games played (282) and RBIs (174), third in at-bats (1,048), doubles (59), homers (30) and extra-base hits (94), and fourth in total hits (278). Memorably, he clinched the Miners' East Division title in 2015 with a walk-off homer against the Traverse City Beach Bums, and while serving as the team's first-ever captain in 2016, led the team to a third-straight division championship by batting .288 with career-best totals of 23 doubles, 16 home runs and 79 RBIs, taking home both mid-season and postseason all-star honors at third base.
In 2017, Marino joined the coaching ranks as an assistant at his alma mater, Stony Brook University in New York, where he worked with the Seawolves' hitters, was in charge of all team stats and data during the season, and also coordinated the team's summer and winter camps and clinics. In addition, he ran and organized Stony Brook's hitting clinics for high school prospects.