PHILADELPHIA - First year W. Joseph Blood Head Coach of Baseball John Yurkow has finalized his coaching staff for the 2014 season. The staff will feature two familiar names from last season in Mike Santello and Andre Butler, while Josh Schwartz rejoins the staff for his first season in the Red and Blue since volunteering during the 2005 season.
Santello, after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the Quakers, has been promoted to the role of Recruiting Coordinator/Assistant Coach. The third-year assistant previously served at his alma mater, Eastern, where he spent three seasons as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach.
“We were very fortunate to keep Mike on staff,” said Yurkow. “His experience recruiting nationally is invaluable. He’s a tireless recruiter and has played an integral part over the last three years in bringing in talented student-athletes. Mike will continue to coach our catchers and has done a great job on the player development side, turning our catchers into a solid unit.”
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.
"I want to thank Steve Bilsky, Tony Vecchione, John Yurkow 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.”
Butler, another Eastern product, rejoins the staff for his second season as the Volunteer Assistant. After spending some time at Swarthmore as an assistant, Butler worked with the Penn outfielders and hitters in 2013 and will continue to do so this upcoming season.
“It’s great to have Andre back,” said Yurkow. “He has done a great job with our outfielders, is a great worker and brings a great deal of enthusiasm everyday.”