Despite overtures from Florida International, Miami pitching coach J.D. Arteaga will remain with his alma mater, the Post learned Monday.
Arteaga, a Miami native who has been in his current position since 2003, will not succeed former UM assistant Turtle Thomas, who left FIU after nine seasons as coach.
FIU’s Rivals.com affiliate named Arteaga one of the top choices for the job, along with four head coaches: Merv Melendez of Alabama State, Mark Calvi of South Alabama, Greg Lovelady of Wright State and Greg Brown of Nova. Longtime UM fans will remember Lovelady as a catcher on the 1999 and 2001 national championship teams.
Arteaga played for the Hurricanes from 1994-1997, reaching the College World Series all four years. He left Miami as the program’s career leader in wins (43) and starts (72). He still ranks second in innings pitched (458.1) and is fifth in strikeouts (343). His number 33 was retired in 2003.