Deeply entrenched at Binghamton as the longest-tenured head coach,
Tim Sinicki begins his 19th season at the helm of a Bearcats
program that has become one of the most consistently successful
programs in the Northeast.
Sinicki has been named the America East Coach of the Year four
times in the last six seasons (2005, 2007, 2009, 2010) as his
Bearcats have continued their dominance in league play. Over
the last seven years, BU owns the highest win percentage in the
America East, including a lofty 74% in the last four years.
2010, BU won its fourth straight America East regular season
title - the second-longest streak on conference history. The
team's 21-3 league record represented the third-highest win percentage
(.875) in 18 years of America East annals and the three losses
were the fewest of any team in 12 years. The Bearcats won a school-record
31 games and extended their NCAA record by improving the team's
win total for a seventh consecutive season. The team then earned
a final regional ranking of No. 6 (out of 68) in the PING! Northeast
After guiding BU to its third straight America East regular season
championship in 2009, Sinicki engineered an historic postseason
run that included the schools first-ever baseball conference
crown, NCAA appearance and NCAA victory.
The Bearcats school-record 30th victory was memorable
an 11-6 win over George Mason in the NCAA Regional. The Patriots
had entered the postseason with the second-highest win percentage
of any team in the country (78%) and BUs victory was just
the third time in 14 years that the America East champion had
produced an NCAA victory.
In each of the last six seasons, a Binghamton player has been
chosen for one of the major awards (Player, Pitcher, or Rookie
of the Year) and 2010 was no exception with ace James Giulietti
earning co-Pitcher of the Year honors and junior outfielder Corey
Taylor notching Player of the Year accolades.
Ironically, one of Sinickis best coaching campaigns didnt
result in individual honors, as his young 2008 squad won 15 league
games to capture the teams second straight regular season
title. He had to replace six of eight position starters from
a senior-laden 2007 squad and played the 2008 campaign with four
starting freshmen six starting newcomers in all. That
team won a school-record 29 games and ultimately finished as
runnerup at the America East Championship tournament.
Strong pitching has always been a staple of Sinicki-coached teams.
In three of the last five years BU has produced the America East
Pitcher of the Year (Zach Groh 2006, Murphy Smith 2009, James
Giulietti 2010). In addition, eight pitchers have been named
all-conference in that span.
Smith was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 13th round
of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft one year after Jeff Dennis
was tabbed by the Athletics. Former Sinicki lefthander Scott
Diamond is quickly advancing in the Atlanta Braves organization.
Diamond, who signed with the Braves in 2007, was named the Braves
Pitcher of the Year for their 2008 Class A-Advanced Myrtle Beach
team and finished the 2010 season with the Triple-A Gwinnett
Braves. In 10starts at Triple-A, Diamond posted a 4-1 record
with an impressive 3.36 ERA.
In all, 13 Binghamton player have signed professional contracts
in the last five years.
In addition to his teams on-the-field success, Sinickis
program has had unparalleled achievement in the classroom. The
Bearcats have achieved a 3.0 or higher grade-point average in
17 of 21 semesters and have maintained the highest team GPA in
the America East in six of the last nine years. Thirteen players
have been chosen to the America East Baseball All-Academic Team
in the last five years.
During the teams transition to Division I, BU captured
an ECAC championship in 2000 and earned runner-up conference
honors in 2001. The programs other ECAC crown came in 1997,
when then-Division III BU went 26-10-1, registering the highest
win percentage in school history (.716).
Sinicki began his collegiate playing career as a freshman all-conference
pitcher at Binghamton in 1985. One year later, he was named to
the All-Region III team while pitching at nearby Broome Community
College, where he was tabbed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the
Major League Baseball amateur draft.
He finished his playing career at Western Carolina University
in Cullowhee, N.C., where the Catamounts captured back-to-back
Southern Conference titles and competed in the NCAA Division
I Championship both seasons. In two seasons, Sinicki compiled
15 wins, including a team-leading nine as a senior.
He graduated from Western Carolina in 1988 with a bachelors
degree in business administration.
began as a three-sport high school standout at Binghamton-area
Johnson City High and was inducted into that school's Hall of
Fame in 2010. He lettered in baseball, football and basketball,
steering the baseball team to a pair of divisional titles and
the football program to sectional titles and top-10 state rankings
in each of his final two seasons.
Tim resides in Vestal with his wife, Tina, and their children
Allison, Tanner and Ashley.
Hurba enters his sixth season as hitting coach and recruiting
coordinator for the Bearcats in 2011. As the offensive accolades
continue to mount for the Bearcats, so too does Hurba's reputation
as an elite recruiter and instructor.
route to the team's record-breaking season last spring, Hurba's
hitters produced a school-record .332 team batting average -
the second straight record-breaking season in that category.
That mark was tops in the America East and ranked 26th (out of
292) in the nation. In addition, BU ranked 44th in the country
in runs per game, putting up more than 8 tallies per game. The
Bearcats had three of the top four hitters in the conference
and five of the top 10, highlighted by Player of the Year Corey
Taylor. Six hitters earned all-conference recognition, giving
Hurba and BU 22 all-conference hitters in the last five years.
In addition, BU has produced two America East Players of the
Year (Brendan Hitchcock, 2007, Corey Taylor, 2010)and two more
Rookies of the Year (Peter Bregartner, 2008, Dave Ciocchi, 2009)
in that span. Freshman third baseman Mike Thompson also earned
Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American laurels in 2010, the
second Bearcat hitter to earn national distinction in the last
two years (Dave Ciocchi in 2009).
Hurba disciples made it to the professional ranks in 2010 - center
fielder Henry Dunn and second baseman Jim Calderone. Dunn was
selected by the Cleveland Indians in the Major League Draft and
Calderone signed a contract with Windy City in the Class A Frontier
Under Hurba's tutelage, BU broke dozens of offensive team records
in its 2009 championship season. The Bearcats set new marks for
team batting average (.320), hits (548), runs (357), RBI (321)
and triples (18). The team average of .320 was 26 points higher
than the record set by the 2005 squad and a dramatic one-year
improvement of 38 points.
came to Binghamton from Division II powerhouse Mount Olive College
(N.C.) (2008 Division II National Champions), where he served
as an assistant for two years. While at Mount Olive he coached
four All-Americans and four future professional players. Three
of those players signed as free agents, while one was an MLB
Hurba has also served as an assistant at Brevard Community College.
There Hurba worked with head coach Ernie Rosseau, a former minor
league hitting coordinator with the Chicago Cubs and New York
Mets. Their Brevard team advanced to the Florida State Junior
College tournament, finishing fourth in the state. Hurba coached
five Brevard players who were drafted by MLB teams.
Prior to heading into college coaching Hurba spent four years
as the head coach at the oldest overnight baseball camp in the
country, the Sho-Me Baseball Camp (Branson, MO). There he oversaw
the entire on field summer program as well as their satellite
camps in the off season.
As an undergraduate player, he earned All-America honors at Oswego
State in 1996. Hurba was a three-time all-region selection, three-time
all conference selection and two-time ECAC all-star. In 2001,
he was inducted into Oswego's Baseball Hall of Fame.
He has also served as an associate scout with the Milwaukee Brewers
and was head coach and league director of the Dunwoody Senior
Baseball Developmental League in Georgia.
Ryan resides in Endwell, NY with his wife Carrie, their daughter
Kaylee and son TJ.
area high school coach Ed Folli enters his fifth season as an
assistant in 2011.
Folli brings three decades of baseball experience to the program,
having achieved regional and state acclaim as head coach for
nearby Union-Endicott High School.
In 17 seasons as head coach of the Tigers, Folli captured eight
sectional, three regional and two state championships while amassing
a 275-93 overall record.
two-time state coach of the year is the winningest baseball coach
in school history. He also served as an assistant football coach
for a U-E program that won two state titles.
will be inducted into the Section 4 Hall of Fame on March 6.
Folli was a standout player for Springfield College before graduating
with a bachelors degree in education in 1973. He was a
member of three nationally-ranked teams, earned All-New England
honors and was named to the schools All-Decade Team (1970-79).
He has also served as the batting practice pitcher with the Double-A
Binghamton Mets for the past two seasons
Ed and his wife Wendie have two sets of twins; E.J. and Mike
and Megan and Ty.
joins the Bearcats' program for his first year in 2012.
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).
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.
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.
graduated in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education
and earned his master's degree in instructional technology in
2010 from Bloomsburg.
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."