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2019 EAST Coast Inside Baseball Coaches Clinic Features RUTGERS Assistant Coach Jim Duffy
Jim Duffy is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Scarlet Knights in 2019. An All-American first baseman during his playing days at Seton Hall, Duffy spent the previous six seasons as the head coach at Manhattan. Duffy helped Rutgers establish an aggressive offensive identity in his first season in Piscataway.
In his six seasons leading Manhattan, Duffy guided the program to 134 wins, four Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament appearances and the 2012 MAAC Championship. Duffy made a splash in his first year as skipper, leading Manhattan to the MAAC Championship in 2012 and a berth to NCAA Regionals.
Prior to becoming a head coach, Duffy started his coaching career by spending seven seasons as an assistant coach at Seton Hall, his alma mater, on the same staff as current Rutgers pitching coach Phil Cundari. That started in 2001 when the Pirates won their first Big East championship since 1987. In 2003, he was promoted to full-time assistant coach. Duffy worked primarily with the Pirates' hitters and outfielders while also assisting with recruiting, scouting and team travel.
A 1996 Seton Hall graduate, Duffy was a four-year starter at first base for the Pirates. He appears throughout the program record books, ranking second all-time in hits (247) and fifth in runs scored (165). A three-time All-Big East selection, Duffy was named New Jersey College Player of the Year and earned All-America honors after finishing ninth in the nation with a .429 batting average in 1995.
In 1997, he signed a free agent contract with the Houston Astros. He was an outfielder in the Astros system for four years, advancing as high as Double-A before retiring in 2000 to pursue a coaching career.
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