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Jurczynski headed to coach at Princeton

Jurczynski headed to coach at Princeton

Schenectady grad, former HVCC head coach will work under former major leaguer
Jurczynski headed to coach at Princeton
Schenectady High School graduate Alex Jurczynski will be an assistant baseball coach at Princeton.
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Schenectady High School graduate Alex Jurczynski will continue his baseball coaching career at Princeton University.

The 26-year-old spent the last three years as the head baseball coach at Hudson Valley Community College where each of his teams finished in the top five nationally in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

At Princeton he will serve as an assistant coach under former major leaguer Scott Bradley, who in 20 years with the Tigers has accumulated seven Ivy League titles, seven NCAA tournament appearances and 11 20-win seasons.

"It's something I've been waiting for," Jurczynski said of his move from the junior college to Division I level. "I was looking for the perfect fit. Since I got the job I haven't stopped smiling."

A catcher in his playing days at Schenectady, Mohawk Valley Community College and SUNY Oswego, Jurczynski said he met Bradley while working summer camps. Bradley was a major league catcher from 1984-92, breaking in with the New York Yankees, the team that drafted him.

"We got to talking and he [Bradley] offered me a spot," Jurczynski said. "I enjoyed the last three years at Hudson Valley. It was great place to work, but I've got to tell you, this is super exciting.

"New Jersey is not too far away from home. The campus is unbelievable. The baseball facility is awesome. I get to coach with an unbelievable guy. This is a win, win."

Jurczynski, the son of former Schenectady Mayor Al Jurczynski, does not yet know what his specific roles will be.

"I'll pretty much do whatever they need me to do," Jurczynski said. "I'm excited to make an impact."

Jurczynski was an assistant coach at SUNY Oswego in 2014, and spent his first two years at HVCC as its interim head coach. He was named the Mountain Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2016, and had three 20-plus win seasons. 

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, jims@dailygazette.com or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

 

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