|Previous College:||San Francisco State, 2002|
Ron Rakowski enters his fifth season as assistant coach for the Holy Cross baseball team in 2015. He handles the Crusaders pitching staff and assists in recruiting. In his first four years as the pitching coach at Holy Cross, Rakowski has helped place five pitchers on the All-Patriot League Team with three of them selected to the league’s first team, including 2013 Pitcher of the Year, John Colella. He has also had three pitchers go on to play at the professional level with two being selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, John Pedrotty (13th round Arizona Diamondbacks) in 2011 and Nate Koneski (19th round Seattle Mariners) in 2012.
Prior to his time at Holy Cross, Rakowski was the head assistant/pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Tacoma Community College (Tacoma, Washington) While at TCC, Rakowski helped recruit and place over 40 players to four-year schools, including seven to the NCAA Division I level. The team also participated the NWAACC playoffs in all five seasons during his tenure at Tacoma. In addition to his baseball duties, Rakowski served as an adjunct faculty member in the physical education department. Rakowski also helped coach for the RIPS Brewers, one of the top high school select teams in the state of Washington. During his time with the Brewers, he worked with 2010 first round draft pick Josh Sale (17th overall), and third round draft pick Ryan Brett. For the two years prior to his arrival at TCC, Rakowski worked as the head assistant/pitching coach at Willamette University, an NCAA Division III school in Salem, Ore. Before arriving at Willamette, he was an assistant coach at San Francisco State, an NCAA Division II school that participated in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, and during his three years at SFSU he worked with the Gators pitching staff and assisted in recruiting. Rakowski was also an assistant coach at DeAnza Junior College in San Jose, Calif., where he helped the team to the California Junior College state playoffs.
In 2002, Rakowski coached in the Northwoods Collegiate Summer League as head coach of the St. Cloud River Bats in St. Cloud, Minnesota. While there, he coached future Major Leaguers Thomas Diamond and Jason Jaramillo and led the team to the second best record in the league. Rakowski also served as a coach with the Fresno Royals, a collegiate summer league team that participated in the National Baseball Congress World Series twice in his five years there. Before coaching at the collegiate level, Rakowski coached at Clovis High School (Clovis, California) and guided the team to back-to-back USA Today High School National Championships (1997 and 1998).
Rakowski received his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from San Francisco State University in 2002 and earned his master’s degree in teaching with a specialization in teaching leadership from National University in 2009. He currently resides in Holden, Mass., with his wife Barbara and their daughter Susannah.