AMHERST, Mass. – Former UConn baseball hurler Jordan Tabakman (’15) was named as the 2016 pitching coach for the Amherst College baseball team, as announced by the program on Thursday.
A 2015 team captain, Tabakman rounded out a four-year career in Storrs in 2015, winning three games with a 3.60 ERA as the Sunday starter. The Pompton Plains, N.J. native ranks in the top-11 in program history in wins (16), innings pitched (269.1) and starts (41). His senior season was highlighted by an eight-inning complete-game effort against No. 19 Houston, as well as a 5.2 inning performance against Tulane (May 22) in an American Athletic Conference Championship elimination game.
As a sophomore in 2013, he pitched in 22 games, marking seven starts and earning six wins as the Huskies captured the 2013 Big East tournament title and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The righty held opponents scoreless in 14 of 22 games.
During the 2015 summer, Tabakman served as the pitching coach for the Bourne Braves of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League, helping the team reach the Western Division Championship series. His squad finished third in the league with a 2.77 team ERA and wrapped up play with a league-best 3.03:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
“It isn’t often that a player as competitive as Jordan can see past his playing days and knows he wants to coach college baseball while still in college, but Jordan knew he wanted to get started as soon as possible,” said UConn head coach Jim Penders. “As the youngest pitching coach in the Cape this summer, he quickly established a fine reputation with regard to teaching and mentoring people with whom he could still be teammates. He always possessed a strong will, competitive fire, and disciplined preparation. All those things combined provide a strong foundation to lead. Coach Hamm is a bright guy in charge of a great program at Amherst and Jordan will prove him right and make that program even better. I am excited to watch him begin what I’m sure will be a very fruitful coaching career.”
Tabakman becomes the second UConn alum to earn a new role as pitching coach during the offseason, joining Ted Hurvul (’12), who accepted the position at Fairfield in early July.
Amherst finished the 2015 season with a 27-15 and held a total team ERA of 4.02.
Tabakman graduated from UConn in 2014 with a B.A. in Communications and Psychology.