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Published On: April 12th, 2024

The Kokomo Jackrabbits and Coach Johnston Hobbs are excited to announce the addition of Francis Faiello to the 2024 coaching staff!

Faiello played 3 seasons for Hobbs, acting as player/assistant coach in 2020. Each season was a great success, resulting in championships in all 3 seasons while playing a key role in an undefeated 2018 season in Puerto Rico.


On Faiell, Hobbs states “Francis brings an extraordinarily high baseball IQ and energy to Kokomo. I’ve been blessed to coach many great athletes and Francis is one of those. I’ve had very few that displayed the love and dedications and commitment to this game that Francis has demonstrated not only as a player for me, and a professional player, but as someone who cares about development and the fame the way he does! The community, the team and the staff will all enjoy interacting with and having Francis in Kokomo.”


Faiello set school records in all major offensive categories as a player during his senior high school season. Leading the state of Pennsylvania in extra-base hits (25), ranked 2nd in the state in RBI(38), 3rd in slugging percentage(1.027), 13th in home runs(4), and 21st in batting average (.514). He walked on to play 2 seasons at Allegheny College hitting .406 in limited time. In the 3 summer seasons Faiello played for Hobbs he hit a combined .333. Following the 2020 season, Faiello moved to France to play for the Beziers Pirates helping them win their first National Championship in 2021. In the 2022 season, Faiello found himself in Germany playing with the Saarlouis Hornets leading the 2 Bundesliga in AVG (.490), OPS (1.348), OBP(.552), SLG(.796), RBI(33), RUNS (41), HITS(48), TRIPLES(5)  and LOWEST STRIKEOUT RATIO (2%)… 2nd in the league in HR(3), DOUBLES(11) in 26 games.


“Thank you to the Kokomo Jackrabbits for welcoming me into their community and for the opportunity to join the coaching staff. My goal has been to get back into baseball on the coaching side so I really couldn’t be more grateful for this opportunity. I’m looking forward to a fun season of development and productivity.”


The 2024 season kicks off May 27th! Season tickets and ticket packages on sale now!