Chris Dominguez – Head Coach, Baseball – Baseball Coaches

Chris Dominguez was promoted to head coach of the Bellarmine University baseball team in June 2022.

The 2023 campaign will mark Dominguez’s first as Knights skipper after serving as an assistant coach at Bellarmine in 2022 and 2020, ending those seasons around a year-long stint as an assistant at the University of Miami. Dominguez is the 19th head coach in Bellarmine program history.

With Dominguez on board as an assistant in 2020, Bellarmine’s final year in Division II before moving to Division I and the ASUN conference, the Knights were ranked No. 17 in the preseason by the NCBWA and finished 10-4 overall and 3-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference when the remainder of the season was canceled due to the pandemic. Junior right-hander Brandon Pfaadt became the second-highest MLB draft selection in program history after being chosen in the fifth round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

After a season in Miami, Dominguez was back at Bellarmine as an assistant in 2022, a campaign highlighted by Matt Higgins becoming the program’s first-ever ASUN Player of the Year and its first-ever D1 All-American.

In 2021, Dominguez helped lead Miami to the NCAA Tournament. He coached the infield and helped batters as the Hurricanes went 33-21 overall and 20-15 in the ACC. Wide receiver Adrian Del Castillo (second round, Arizona Diamondbacks), right-handed pitcher Jake Smith (sixth round, LA Angels) and wide receiver Anthony Vilar (15th round, San Diego Padres) were selected in the 2021 MLB Draft.

After a stellar career at the University of Louisville where he was a two-time All-American, Dominguez carved out an 11-year career (2009-19) in the professional ranks, including stints with the San Giants. Francisco and the Cincinnati Reds. The Miami native was a member of the Louisville Bats, the Triple-A affiliate of the Reds, for much of 2015.

During his professional career, Dominguez played in over 1,000 minor league games and totaled 134 homers, 210 doubles, 20 triples, and 592 RBIs while hitting .263. In 2010, his first full season in professional ball, he threw 21 home runs, 32 doubles and four triples while recording 101 RBIs with the Augusta GreenJackets, the Giants’ Class A affiliate. In 2014, Dominguez hit 21 homers and stole 21 bases for the Fresno Grizzlies, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

Dominguez had a phenomenal collegiate career at Louisville. As a redshirt junior in 2009, his final season with the Cardinals, the third baseman was named Big East Player of the Year and a first-team All-American by Baseball America, Louisville Slugger and PING! Baseball after hitting .345 with 25 home runs and 82 RBIs.

Dominguez was the 2008 Big East Co-Player of the Year and won the plaudits of Baseball America’s third-team All-America Louisville Slugger, PING! Baseball and the NCBWA after hitting .365 with 21 home runs and 75 RBIs. This followed a 2007 campaign in which the infielder was named Freshman All-American with honorable mention by PING! Baseball after smashing 15 home runs and 19 doubles while driving in 61 runs.

Dominguez played a pivotal role in Louisville making his first-ever College World Series appearance in 2007. He was named Columbia Regional MVP after hitting .421 and then hit three home runs in the CWS.

Dominguez was a three-time MLB draft pick. He was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 17th round in 2005 from Gulliver Prep High School (Florida), by the Colorado Rockies in the fifth round in 2008 after his second redshirt season in Louisville, and by the San Francisco Giants in the third. round in 2009 after his final season with the Cardinals.

Dominguez has a wife, Shannon, and a son, Patrick.

 

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