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Reigning champion baseball hires Jurik as assistant
Former Atlanta Braves draft pick will serve as pitching coach
August 15, 2014Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y. – Two-time defending America East champion Binghamton baseball has added a pitching coach with local ties. After serving the last two years on the staff at St. John Fisher, Dan Jurik joins head coach Tim Sinicki’s Bearcats staff for the 2014-15 year.
A right-handed pitcher, Jurik was one of the most accomplished hurlers in St. John Fisher history. He capped a stellar career by becoming the school’s first-ever MLB draft pick when he was chosen by the Atlanta Braves in the 25th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. Jurik then earned three minor league promotions in his two-year professional career.
This past spring, Jurik helped St. John Fisher roll to a 31-11 record and his work with the pitching staff resulted in one All-America and two all-region selections. The staff held down a 2.80 earned run average with nearly eight strikeouts per game. Jurik helped develop three all-conference pitchers for the Cardinals in 2013, when the team won 28 games.
“I am thrilled that Coach Jurik has decided to join our staff,” head coach Tim Sinicki said. “He brings tremendous experience and knowledge as both a player and coach to the program. Coach Jurik has a great passion and enthusiasm for pitching that our players will soon get to experience first hand.”
In his senior season at Fisher, Jurik was named the college’s Male Athlete of the Year and the Empire 8 Conference Pitcher of the Year. In that 2010 campaign, he went 7-3 on the hill with a 1.99 ERA.
He finished his career as a three-time all-conference selection and career record-holder in strikeouts (202), wins (22) and innings pitched (226.1).
Jurik graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from St. John Fisher in 2010, maintaining a 3.49 cumulative GPA. He is currently working toward his MBA from Fisher’s Bittner School of Business.
In high school, Jurik stared for nearby Vestal High, earning third team NYSSWA All-State honors in his final year.
At Binghamton, he joins a staff that includes 10th-year assistant coach Ryan Hurba and ninth-year assistant coach Ed Folli. Jurik replaces Dustin Johnson, who is now at George Washington.