Head Coach Bob Grandizio, Jr. '91
Coach Grandizio became head coach four games into the 2000 season after taking over for former Head Coach Alex Howson. Grandizio served one year as an assistant coach at SSA. Coach Grandizio’s teams have amassed a 211-85 record over that time including six section titles, one WPIAL runner-up and the program’s first WPIAL championship in 2009. Coach Grandizio was also named WPIAL AA Coach of the Year in 2009.
Grandizio is a 1991 graduate of Shady Side Academy where he was captain and MVP of the football, wrestling and baseball teams during his senior season. He is the son of former Shady Side Academy Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, and current Faculty Emeritus Bob Grandizio, Sr. In addition to being the Head Baseball Coach, Grandizio is also the Director of Admission at the Senior School and a former Assistant Director of Athletics, Assistant Wrestling Coach and Assistant Football Coach.
Coach Grandizio played baseball at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., where he was a three-year starter, four-year letterwinner and captain of the team during his senior year. Coach Grandizio and his wife, Pam, have a daughter named Marley, who is a current Shady Side student, and a son named Deacon.
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Assistant Coach John Cappa
Coach Cappa has been an assistant baseball coach at Shady Side since 2000 and is responsible for coaching the pitchers and outfielders. Under Coach Cappa, SSA pitchers have routinely broken previous school records and been a strong base for the success of SSA baseball. Coach Cappa is a graduate of Riverview High School where he was a standout football, basketball and baseball player and held the WPIAL individual season record for strikeouts as a pitcher. He was drafted by the New York Mets in the 14th round of the MLB draft out of high school, but chose to play tight end at West Virginia University instead, where he played in the 1988 National Championship game. During his time at WVU, Coach Cappa also pitched for the Mountaineers baseball team.
Coach Cappa also teaches health at Shady Side and resides in Cheswick, PA.
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Assistant Coach Harry Fleishman
Coach Fleishman has been coaching baseball at Shady Side since 1973, including a six-year stint as Head Coach from 1991-1996. Coach Fleishman works primarily with the catchers. He also served as the Head Coach for the boys soccer team until retiring after the 2010 season with more than 400 career wins. Additionally, Coach Fleishman served 20 years as the Head Coach for the squash team. The former teacher and Director of Admissions at the Junior School, Coach Fleishman is now retired and a Faculty Emeritus.
Coach Fleishman and his wife Barb, have a son, Jon, who is a Shady Side and Ohio University alumnus and former SSA baseball player. They currently reside in Fox Chapel.
Volunteer Assistant Coach Jason Zoeller ‘03
Coach Zoeller has worked as an assistant coach since 2008. A former player under Coaches Grandizio, Cappa and Fleishman, Coach Zoeller is a 2003 graduate of Shady Side Academy, where he was captain of the baseball team during his junior and senior seasons.
Coach Zoeller went on to play college baseball for Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he was a three-year starter and a four-year letter-winner. A few of his college career accolades include being voted First Team All-Big Ten at second base his junior season and voted to the ESPN Academic All-Region Team his senior season.
Following his graduation from Ohio State in 2007, Coach Zoeller attended the Duquesne University School of Law, where he graduated with his juris doctorate, cum laude, in 2010. Currently, Coach Zoeller is an attorney for the law firm of Babst Calland, where he concentrates in matters involving energy law.
Coach Zoeller works with players of all levels with an emphasis on hitting and infield.