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Former Nogales & Pima pitcher Keith Zuniga to coach for New Mexico State

Keith Zuniga (BCU Photo)

Keith Zuniga graduated from Nogales in 2010, played for Pima and then for Bethune-Cookman. The Miami Marlins drafted the right-handed pitcher in the 35th round after his junior season in 2014 but Zuniga opted to graduate from college rather than taking the Marlins up on their offer.

Zuniga went undrafted in 2015 and he became Director of Baseball Operations for Bethune-Cookman from 2015-17. He was promoted to an assistant in 2018 and then pitching coach in 2019. He was directly responsible for bringing in the best recruiting class in Bethune-Cookman history.

On Sunday, July 26, Zuniga announced his move to New Mexico State where former Nogales standout Kevin Jimenez will be a junior infielder.

NOTE: Zuniga transferred to Washington after his freshman year with the Aztecs but he transferred back to Pima after not playing but collecting valuable college credits.

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