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Jeff Hourigan joined Jim Penders' staff prior to the 2012 season and concluded his fifth season in the Husky dugout in 2016. Hourigan, who played at UConn for two seasons, returned to Storrs after spending five years as an assistant coach and pitching coach at the University of New Haven.
During Hourigan's time in Storrs, he has mentored the UConn hitters, specifically outfielders, and served as the recruiting coordinator. Since he came aboard, UConn has had 12 incoming or outgoing position players drafted in the MLB Draft. Hourigan has also helped mentor a pair of All-Americans, with Vinny Siena (2015) and LJ Mazzilli (2013) each earning All-America honors during their time in Storrs.
In 2016, UConn won its first American Athletic Conference crown with Hourigan leading the UConn offense to the top of the conference in multiple offensive categories. The Huskies ranked first in runs scored (388), doubles (108) and walks (261). Joe DeRoche-Duffin was selected the Conference Player of the Year, while four other position players earned All-Conference honors; Willy Yahn, Bobby Melley, Bryan Daniello and Jack Sundberg. Individually, Willy Yahn was first in The American in hits (88), doubles (20), DeRoche-Duffin's cranked a conference-leading 17 HR's and Bobby Melley and Jack Sundberg tied for the top spot in the conference with 53 runs scored.
In 2015, the UConn posted a slash line of .288/.388/.416 to aid in scoring a conference-leading 6.5 runs per game. The UConn offense sent five to All-Conference teams and Vinny Siena followed Bobby Melley in 2014 to give the Huskies back-to-back NEIBA New England Player of the Year winners. The Huskies also had three hitters (Blake Davey, Joe DeRoche-Duffin and Siena) earn ABCA All-Region honors.
While working at New Haven for head coach Raphael Cerrato (now head coach at Rhode Island), Hourigan helped guide the Chargers to an East Coast Conference regular season championship (2008), an NCAA Regional berth (2010), and led the pitching staff to an ERA of 2.90 which was the second best mark in the country during the 2010 season.
Prior to his coaching career at New Haven, Hourigan was a student assistant coach for UConn during the 2006 season, working closely with the first basemen and pitchers. He split his collegiate playing career between Clemson and Connecticut, playing for the Tigers during the 2002 and 2003 seasons and was part of the Husky lineup during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. In 2002, he competed in the College World Series as a part of a Clemson team that finished third nationally. As a senior, Hourigan was named team captain and went on to earn second team All-BIG EAST and team MVP honors. At Clemson, he earned honorable mention Freshman All-American.
"I am thrilled to have Jeff back in Storrs," Penders said. "He was an outstanding player, captain, and student assistant for us, and also did a fantastic job assisting Coach Cerrato at New Haven. Above all, Jeff is a leader with a legendarily strong will to do things the right way all the time. He is a proud UConn alum who made a real name for himself during his playing days here and I'm so excited to continue building our program with him at my side."
Between Clemson and Connecticut, Hourigan played in 185 games and batted .303 for his career. He scored 104 runs, drove in 129 and belted 25 homeruns. At UConn alone, he hit .333 with 17 home runs in 90 games. On the mound, he recorded a 10-8 record in 21 starts for the Huskies and struck out 103 batters in 136.1 innings pitched.
Entering college, Hourigan was named the 2001 Gatorade Connecticut Player of the Year, while playing at Masuk High School in Monroe. He also helped lead Naugatuck Post 17 to the 2001 American Legion State Championship.
Hourigan and his wife Connie live in Prospect and have two sons, Jeffrey Jr. and Charlie.