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"The NEBRASKA BASEBALL ACADEMY is passionate about teaching the game of baseball and passing our knowledge on to the next generation of ballplayers. The Academy will provide detailed instruction from highly trained and qualified coaches and will do so in a fun and positive manner. Our goal for each session is for our players to take at least ONE piece of advice and apply it to their game. We feel if players can do that enough, over a period of time, it really adds up! We truly want to make a positive impact on all players on and off the field!"
Danny Marcuzzo is in his third season on the Nebraska baseball staff in 2022 as a volunteer assistant coach and camp coordinator. Marcuzzo coaches infielders, while also serving as the Huskers’ first-base coach. During his coaching career, Marcuzzo has been instrumental in improving defenses, as he been part of three teams that have set school records for fielding percentage.
The 2021 Huskers won the Big Ten regular-season title by 3.5 games and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. In the postseason, the Huskers went 3-2 at the Fayetteville Regional, including a win over No. 1 overall seed, Arkansas. Nebraska's defense was a key part of its success in 2021, as the Huskers led the Big Ten and ranked 16th nationally with a .979 fielding percentage.
Marcuzzo aided in the development of Spencer Schwellenbach and infielder Max Anderson. Schwellenbach was named Big Ten Player of the Year, John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year and was a second-round pick by the Atlanta Braves in the 2021 MLB Draft. Anderson was tabbed Big Ten Freshman of the Year after hitting .337 with a league-best tying 60 hits.
Marcuzzo’s first season in Lincoln lasted just 15 games, as the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When the season was cut short, NU’s defense was fielding at a .980 clip and the Huskers had won six of their last seven games.
Prior to his arrival in Lincoln, Marcuzzo spent one season as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Coffeyville Community College under Head Coach Jake Martin. Coffeyville posted 29 wins in 2019, more than each of the previous four seasons and Coffeyville’s defense set the school record with a .969 fielding percentage. It was his second stop in Coffeyville, as he spent his first two seasons of college coaching with the Red Ravens in 2014 and 2015. During the 2014 season, Coffeyville set the program record for overall wins (38) and conference wins (25)
Marcuzzo coached at Central Oklahoma for two years before going to Coffeyville. In 2018, the Bronchos went 37-21 and qualified for the NCAA Division II Regionals after winning the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) regular-season title. UCO’s defense set the then-school record in 2017 with a .968 fielding percentage, before eclipsing it with a .975 fielding percentage in 2018.
Prior to his stint with Central Oklahoma, Marcuzzo spent two seasons at Butler Community College. Butler’s defense set the school record for fielding percentage under Marcuzzo’s tutelage with a .965 clip in 2015 before eclipsing it with a .968 fielding percentage in 2016.
Before making the jump to coaching, Marcuzzo played his final two years of collegiate baseball at Western Illinois. He started 83 of his 90 appearances for the Leathernecks in 2011 and 2012. He transferred to Western Illinois following two seasons at Coffeyville, where he held five offensive records, including the the career and single-season home runs records.
A native of Omaha, Neb., Marcuzzo graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois in 2012 before earning a master’s degree from Central Oklahoma in 2017. He and his wife, Erin, were married in 2018 and they have one child, the late Charles Patrick.
Gunner Hellstrom attended Grace Brethren HS in Simi Valley, CA. At the University of Nebraska, Gunner was a catcher from 2018-2021 and earned 2018 Big Ten All-Freshman Team along with Academic All-Big Ten awards in 2019, 2020, 2021. Gunner is now on the Nebraska Baseball staff serving as a student coach.
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Renee is beginning her 36th year as Administrative Assistant for the Nebraska Baseball program. Renee also serves as the Academy Coordinator and assists with many day-to-day operations of the Academy. If you have any questions regarding the Nebraska Baseball Academy, please contact Renee.