Jan. 8, 1998

Luis Tiant, harboring hopes of working his way into a big-league coaching job, signed a four-year deal as head coach of the Savannah Institute of Arts and Design baseball team, a Division III school in Georgia.

The little school had gone all out in hiring its second big name to serve as a coach. Two years earlier it hired Cazzie Russell to coach their men’s basketball team.

For reasons never reported, Tiant had struggled to find staff positions in organized baseball. He served one season as a rookie league coach for the White Sox and worked four years in the Dodgers farm system.

Then-Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette told Tiant they would discuss him taking a position as a roving pitching instructor, but nothing came of it.

In 2002, Tiant served as pitching coach of the Lowell Spinners and has since taken on minor league assignments for the Red Sox.

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