Jon Wente owns a career record of 513-224 (.696) as a college head coach.
Smith returns to UT Arlington after spending the last three seasons at Ole Miss.
Six of the seven players signed are pitchers. Five members of the class are junior college players.
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UT Arlington pitching coach Jay Sirianni joined the program in 2005. Under his watch, more than 20 pitchers have signed contracts with MLB organizations.
Under Sirianni's watch, the UT Arlington pitching staff has consistently been one of the best in its conference. Sirianni was promoted to recruiting coordinator in 2007, coinciding with UT Arlington naming Darin Thomas head coach.
Before his arrival at UT Arlington, Sirianni spent three seasons as the pitching coach at Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kan. While at Barton County, Sirianni helped lead the Cougars to a 113-56 record with a pitching staff ERA of 4.69.
Prior to his time at BCCC, Sirianni spent the summer of 2001 as an assistant coach for the Liberal (Kan.) Bee Jays of the Jayhawk League.
He began his collegiate playing career at Texas A&M before transferring to Nebraska to play for head coach Dave Van Horn. In four years in Lincoln, Sirianni compiled a 15-9 record and was the Friday night starter in 1999.
In the summer of 1998, Sirianni was a member of the Liberal Bee Jays that advanced to the NBC World Series in Wichita, Kan. That team was coached by Darin Thomas and the late Clay Gould.
Following his career at Nebraska, Sirianni was signed as a free agent by the Cleveland Indians. Sirianni began his professional career with the Burlington Indians (Rookie League) and also spent time with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (New York-Penn League) and Kingston Indians (Carolina League).
After finishing his pro career in January 2001, Sirianni returned to Nebraska for his final semester and earned a bachelor's degree in history in May 2001.
Sirianni is a native of Indianola, Iowa, and played his prep career at Indianola High School. He earned 10 varsity letters with four coming in baseball and three each in track and field and football. He was a two-time All-State selection and a three-time All-Conference pick.
Sirianni's father, John, is the Director of Athletics at Division III Simpson College in Indianola after spending 20 years as the school's head baseball coach. His brother, Mike, is a high school baseball coach in Jonesboro, Ark.
Sirianni married the former Erin McKernan on Sept. 2, 2006. The couple celebrated the birth of their first child, Mia, in September of 2010.
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