Former All-American closer Kevin Arico is back with the Virginia baseball program.
UVa announced Thursday that Arico will serve as a student assistant on Brian O'Connor's coaching staff while completing his bachelor's degree.
“Kevin was a great pitcher in our program, and I’m thrilled that he is coming back at UVa to complete his degree,” O’Connor said in a school-released statement. “He will bring a lot to our players and program during the next academic year. We’re excited to have him back and on our coaching staff.”
Arico pitched for the Cavaliers for three seasons, including serving as the closer for the program's first-ever College World Series team in 2009. His 29 career saves rank second all-time at UVa behind Casey Lambert's 43, and his 18 saves in 2010 were tied for the most in a single season at UVa until Nick Howard saved a ACC-record 20 games this past season.
Arico was named a first-team All-American by Louisville Slugger in 2010, and was a 10th round pick by the Cincinnati Reds that same summer. He retired from pro baseball in 2013.
Arico follows Tyler Cannon as a former UVa player to return to the program as a student assistant following the end of his pro career. Cannon served as O'Connor's first-ever student assistant last year before accepting an assistant coach position on the staff at Army this summer.