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JIM PENDERS • Head Coach

Jim Penders enters his 20th season at the helm for the Huskies in 2023. A five-time conference Coach of the Year, Penders has overseen one of the most successful stretches in the 126-year history of UConn baseball. Penders has worked with the University of Connecticut baseball program in 31 of the last 33 years, being associated with the Huskies as a student-athlete, an assistant coach and now head coach. The Huskies have the longest tenured coaching staff in Division I baseball.

0 also won a regular season or conference title seven times with Penders in the dugout and hosted the 2010 Norwich Regional. Under his watch, 17 Huskies have earned All-America honors, most recently Austin Peterson and Erik Stock in 2022.

In 19 seasons as head coach for the Huskies, Penders has had a total of 65 players either drafted or signed by professional baseball clubs. During the 2015 MLB season a program-record five former Huskies played in the big leagues: Nick Ahmed ('11) of the Diamondbacks, Matt Barnes ('11) of the Red Sox, Scott Oberg ('12) of the Rockies, Mike Olt ('11) of the Cubs and George Springer ('11) of the Astros. The feat occurred again in 2018 with Ahmed, Barnes, Oberg and Springer joined by former teammate John Andreoli ('11) who was called up by the Seattle Mariners on May 23, 2018. Anthony Kay made his MLB Debut on Sept. 7, 2019 for the Toronto Blue Jays.

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JOSH MACDONALD • Assistant Coach

Josh MacDonald joined Jim Penders' staff in 2012 and enters his 12th season as Husky pitching coach in 2023. MacDonald is part of the longest tenured coaching staff in Division I baseball. MacDonald has coached seven All-Americans during his time in Storrs and had an All-American in six of the last seven completed seasons (Cross ('15), Kay ('16), Russell ('17), Feole & Poulin ('18), Jacob Wallace ('19) and Austin Peterson (2022). (*2020 season shortened due to Covid-19)

Under MacDonald the Huskies have eclipsed 500 strikeouts as a staff the past six seasons, including a program record 642 strikeouts in 2022. (*2020 season shortened due to Covid-19).

In 2022, the Huskies pitching staff ranked top-10 in the nation in ERA (6th, 3.78) and strikeouts (10th, 642). Austin Peterson and Pat Gallagher tied for the most wins in the nation with 11. While earning All-American numbers in 2022, Peterson set the UConn single-season strikeout record with 147 strikeouts, ranking third in the country. Ian Cooke also earned Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American honors for his first season in Storrs. The Huskies placed its entire weekend rotation on the BIG EAST All-Conference team with Pat Gallagher and Austin Peterson on the First Team and Enzo Stefanoni on the second team.

For his accomplishments during the 2022 season, MacDonald was named the 2022 Assistant Coach of the Year.

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JEFF HOURIGAN • Associate Head Coach

Jeff Hourigan joined Jim Penders’ staff prior to the 2012 season and is now entering his 12th season as an assistant coach in 2023. 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. Hourigan is part of the longest tenured coaching staff in Division I baseball.

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 20 position players drafted or signed by MLB clubs. Hourigan has also helped mentored four All-Americans, with Erik Stock (2022), Kyler Fedko (2021), Vinny Siena (2015) and LJ Mazzilli (2013) each earning All-America honors during their time in Storrs.

In 2022, the Huskies had five players earn All-Conference status with Stock, Korey Morton and Matt Donlan taking First Team honors while Casey Dana and David Smith landed on the second team. Under Hourigan, the Huskies won both the 2022 BIG EAST regular season and tournament championships and advanced to the Super Regionals for the first time under him. UConn scored the second most runs in a single-season with 528, hit. 300 as a team for the second-straight season, led the nation with 166 doubles, which set a program record, and tied the program record with 83 home runs in a single-season. All those marks helped the Huskies set a program and New England record with 50 wins in a season.

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CHRIS PODESZWA • Assistant Coach

Chris Podeszwa has been a member of his former UConn teammate Jim Penders' coaching staff since Penders took over as head coach in 2004. Podeszwa's focus is primarily on the instruction of infielders and hitters. Podeszwa is part of the longest tenured coaching staff in Division I baseball. Podeszwa has helped develop major league talent working with Nick Ahmed, John Andreoli, Mike Olt and George Springer during his time with the Huskies.

Podeswa was inducted into the Waterford Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016. On November 25, 2016 Podeszwa and seven others represented the sixth induction class. In 2022, he helped the program set a program record with 50 wins and a trip to the program's second Super Regional after capturing the 2022 NCAA College Park Regional title.

In 2019, Podeszwa helped the program earn its fifth at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament and second-straight season. The Huskies have eclipsed 30 wins in 15 of the 18 seasons under Coach Dez and eight times in the past 12 seasons have posted 35 wins or more. Podeszwa helped the Huskies capture their first-ever American Athletic Conference crown in 2016, helping guide the program to a 38-25 overall mark and its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last seven seasons.

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