PHILADELPHIA The University of Pennsylvania W. Joseph Blood Head Coach of Baseball, John Cole, has announced the hiring of John Yurkow as his assistant coach.
Yurkow comes to Penn after serving as an assistant at Duke University from 2001 to 2005. He started as a volunteer assistant and was promoted to assistant coach and co-recruiting coordinator in January 2003. His responsibilities included all aspects of team offense and teaching the hitting philosophy as well as overseeing infield play.
“I’m very excited to have John as a part of the Penn baseball program,” said Cole. “He brings a wealth of baseball knowledge and recruiting prowess. We’re excited to welcome John, his wife Nikki and daughter Rosa to the Penn baseball family.”
Yurkow was a four-year starter at Rowan University where he played second base. During his time at Rowan, he helped lead the Profs to the NCAA Regional Championship four times. Yurkow forged his bond with Cole, who took over as Rowan’s head coach in 1999 Yurkow’s senior year and led the Profs to a 36-8 record and the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) championship.
Yurkow garnered NCAA Division III All-America honors in 1999 as well as NCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region in 1998 and 1999. He was also NJAC All-Conference selection in 1998 and 1999 and NJAC Tournament MVP in 1999.