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Janish returned to South Main after playing professionally the last 13 years, including nine seasons in the major leagues -- most recently in 2017 with the Baltimore Orioles. After maintaining a .313 collegiate batting average in more than 185 career games at Rice, Janish earned all-league honors playing in the Western Athletic Conference.
"I don't think I could ask for a better transition of going from playing to the next chapter," Janish said. "I have long kept in touch with coach Graham and always tried to visit when I have been in town. Now having a chance to come back and coach at Rice, under coach Graham, is very important to me. There are a lot of things that had to align for this to happen, and I am very thankful."
Janish was a fifth-round major league draft pick by the Cincinnati Reds in 2004. The native of Cypress, Texas, made his MLB debut with the Reds in 2008 and went on to play in the majors for the Braves and Orioles.
"Paul has always had high character and I think he will be a great teacher and coach," said Rice head coach Wayne Graham. "He was a team captain for us in (the national championship season of) 2003. For all the talented players we had on that team, I am not certain we still could have won the national championship without Paul Janish at shortstop. He was a great player and great leader. His leadership qualities are among the reasons we first recruited him, and our initial recruitment of him started well before 2003."
Janish is married to Rice graduate and former Owl soccer record-holder Maria Fadool. The couple live near the Rice campus with their three children: Luke (6), Cole (4) and Riley (1);