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BU baseball adds assistant coach Johnson to staff

Former pitching standout coached last two seasons at Bloomsburg

August 23, 2011

BU baseball adds assistant coach Johnson to staff

VESTAL, N.Y.– Binghamton University baseball coach Tim Sinicki has added Dustin Johnson to his coaching staff for the 2012 season. He joins a staff that includes seventh-year assistant Ryan Hurba and sixth-year coach Ed Folli.

Johnson spent the last two seasons at Bloomsburg University, helping guide the Division II Huskies to the program’s first postseason playoff berth in 14 seasons last spring. With Johnson as the team’s pitching coach and recruiting coordinator, Bloomsburg posted its highest win total (23) in nine seasons. Under his tutelage, the Huskies pitching staff lowered its team earned run average by nearly three runs per game in the last two seasons. The 2011 squad held down a 4.89 team ERA, the lowest figure in nine years. Additionally, the 2010 staff set the highest strikeout mark in eight seasons (258).

He coached seven all-conference players in 2011, including a pitcher that was selected as Freshman of the Year in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). Johnson’s first recruiting class of pitchers went 14-5 with a 4.18 ERA in 2011.

A former standout on the mound, Johnson played three years at Bloomsburg (2006-08) after transferring from Volunteer State in Tennessee. He was the ace of the staff in 2006 and 2007, leading the team in wins, strikeouts, inning pitched and complete games during that two-year span.

He graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and earned his master’s degree in instructional technology in 2010 from Bloomsburg.

“I am extremely excited to have Dustin join our staff,” said four-time America East Coach of the Year Sinicki, who is entering his 20th season at Binghamton in 2012. “Dustin has worked with former BU assistant coach Mike Collins for the past two seasons at Bloomsburg and comes to our program highly recommended. It hasn’t taken long for me to learn that Dustin has a great deal of knowledge in many areas of the game but especially on the pitching side. Dustin also has tremendous passion and energy for the game and will no doubt be a great fit with the entire coaching staff and our players.”

The Bearcats have won four of the last five America East regular season titles and advanced to the NCAA Regionals in 2009.

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