The team announced the hire Thursday. Janish, 41, takes over for Chris Getz, who became the team’s senior vice president/general manager this past summer.
Janish has been on staff for Rice’s baseball team since August 2017 and served as associate head coach for the Owls — where he was a member of the program’s 2003 College World Series title — the past two seasons.
Janish played in 473 big league games in nine seasons. He was with Cincinnati from 2008-11, Atlanta from 2012-13 and Baltimore from 2015-17.
“Paul brings a wealth of experience to our organization,” Getz said. “He has lived every step of the development ladder.”