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Josh Schwartz
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Rowan
Graduating Year: 2005
Email: joshus@pobox.upenn.edu

Josh Schwartz joins the Penn baseball coaching staff as the pitching coach after spending six successful seasons in the same position at Gloucester County College. During his tenure, the Roadrunners won two NJCAA Division III National Championships (2010, 2013). He also helped develop seven All-American pitchers.

In 2014, Penn finished tied atop the Ivy League Gehrig Division at the end of the regular season and faced off against Columbia, falling 4-0, in a one game playoff for the right to play in the Ivy League Championship series.

A program record nine players were named All-Ivy at the end of the season, with four first-team selections, two second-team selections, and three named honorable mention. Throughout the course of the spring, the Quakers earned four Ivy League Player of the Week awards, also a program record.

Schwartz's pitching staff recorded a 3.60 earned run average in 2014, the lowest mark in Head Coach John Yurkow's association with the program. The Quakers also led the Ivy League in strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.21) and were second in the league in strikeouts per nine innings (7.3).

At the time of his hiring Schwartz said, "I want to thank Steve Bilsky, Tony Vecchione and the athletic department for this opportunity,” said Schwartz. “I am very happy to be joining coach Yurkow and a very good staff here at Penn. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the Penn pitchers over the years at camps and I am real excited to strengthen those relationships as a member of the Quakers."

As a player, Schwartz was a three-time All-American pitcher at Division III Rowan from 2002-05. During his time as an undergrad, he set the All-Division NCAA mark for consecutive victories with 37. Upon graduation, Schwartz went on to be drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and played one season in their minor league system. He followed that with another season of professional ball with the New Jersey Jackals of the CAM-AM Independent League before joining GCC’s staff.

“Josh knows how to win and develop pitchers at the collegiate level,” said Yurkow. “He’s had success both as a player and a coach during his career and he’s ultra competitive. Josh’s approach to pitching is simple and aggressive and I’m looking forward to watching our pitching staff grow into something special under his guidance.”

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