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John Yurkow // Head Coach

After seven seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania baseball program, John Yurkow was promoted in July 2013. He recently completed his fourth year as the W. Joseph Blood Head Coach of Baseball at Penn in 2017.

Yurkow took the Penn baseball program to new heights in 2017 - his fourth season at the helm - leading the Quakers to their first Ivy League Gehrig Division title and trip to the Ivy League Championship Series since 2007. Penn finished 23-22 overall with a 12-8 mark in Ivy play, and the team's 23 wins tied for fifth-most all-time in a single season in the program's history. This season marked the third 20-win campaign under Yurkow's tutelage, while also taking the Quakers to their second-ever trip to the Liberty Bell Classic Championship held at Citizens Bank Park in late April.

The fourth-year skipper was named Philadelphia Big 5 Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the season for the second time in his career (2015), while also leading the Quakers to Big 5 Team of the Year honors.

Penn had four All-Ivy selections at the conclusion of the season, led by unanimous First-Team picks Tim Graul and Jake Cousins. Graul, the 2017 Ivy League batting champion, finished his career with three top-five marks in the program's all-time record books, while Cousins' 20 career wins rank third in Penn's all-time history. As a team, the Quakers finished first in strikeouts (350) - a new all-time program record - and second in doubles (88) among the conference ranks.

In 2016, Yurkow led a freshman-heavy roster to a 19-22 record and a second place finish in the Gehrig Division.

For the second year in a row, Penn had the Ivy League Player of the Year, this time Tim Graul, and for the first time since 2008, it had the Rookie of the Year in Matt O'Neill.

In 2015, Yurkow guided Penn to a 22-15 overall record, with a 16-4 Ivy League mark. The 16 wins in league play were the most in program history. The Quakers fell to Columbia, 4-2, in a playoff game to determine the Ivy League Gehrig Division title.

The Quakers led the Ivy League in earned run average on the mound and slugging percentage at the plate, while finishing second in batting average and home runs offensively. Penn finished 14th in the country in slugging percentage with a .494 mark.

Senior catcher Austin Bossart was named Co-Ivy League Player of the Year, the first under Yurkow, and the fifth in program history. He was also a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award recognizing the nation's best catcher.

The Quakers had five players selected First-team All-Ivy, three Second-team All-Ivy, and two named All-Ivy Honorable mention. The 10 players recognized as All-Ivy is the most in program history, breaking last seasons mark of nine players earning All-Ivy recognition.

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Mike Santello // Assistant Coach

Promoted to the role of Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator in July of 2013, Mike Santello recently completed his sixth season as an assistant coach at Penn in 2017.

In addition to helping lead Penn to its first Ivy League Championship Series since 2007, Santello oversaw an offense in 2017 that totaled a .282 average and 88 doubles - a mark that ranked second in the Ivies on the season. He was instrumental in helping catcher Matt O'Neill attain his second consecutive All-Ivy Honorable Mention distinction, as well as overseeing 2017 Ivy League batting champion Tim Graul reign in a unanimous First-Team selection. The sixth-year assistant worked primarily with the catching corps in addition to the hitters throughout the season, and oversaw O'Neill throw out 40 percent (14-35) of attempted base-stealers.

In 2016, Santello helped the Quakers to an Ivy League-best .282 average and 32 home runs. He also helped both catchers capture Ivy League honors with Tim Graul winning Ivy League Player of the Year and Matt O'Neill winning Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

In 2015, Santello assisted in guiding Penn to a 22-15 overall record, with a 16-4 Ivy League mark. The 16 wins in league play were the most in program history. The Quakers fell to Columbia, 4-2, in a playoff game to determine the Ivy League Gehrig Division title.

The Quakers were ninth in the nation in slugging percentage at .494 and seventh in doubles per game. Penn also led the Ivy League in earned run average on the mound and slugging percentage at the plate, while finishing second in batting average and home runs offensively.

Senior catcher Austin Bossart was named Co-Ivy League Player of the Year, the first under Yurkow, and the fifth in program history. He was also a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award recognizing the nation's best catcher. Bossart was drafted in the 14th round by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2015.

The Quakers had five players selected First-team All-Ivy, three Second-team All-Ivy, and two named All-Ivy Honorable mention. The 10 players recognized as All-Ivy is the most in program history, breaking last seasons mark of nine players earning All-Ivy recognition.

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Josh Schwartz // Assistant Coach

Josh Schwartz joined the Penn baseball coaching staff in July 2013 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. Schwartz recently completed his fourth season at Penn in 2017.

Schwartz graduated his first class of pitchers on the staff in 2017, and saw the staff finish second in the Ivy League with a 4.16 ERA. The Quakers ran away with the strikeout lead, totaling 350 in 45 games to set a new all-time program record. The staff also posted three complete-game shutouts and three pitchers earned Ivy League or Big 5 Pitcher of the Week honors. Schwartz oversaw two All-Ivy performers in unanimous first-team selection Jake Cousins and honorable mention recipient Gabe Kleiman. Cousins' seven wins on the season gave him 20 for his career, ranking third on the program's all-time wins list while his 2.91 career ERA ranks sixth. Adam Bleday's 74 strikeouts on the year are the sixth-most in a single season in program history.

In 2016, Schwartz helped the Quakers to a 3.99 ERA, good for second in the Ivy League. Under his tutelage, Gabe Kleiman won Philadelphia Big Five Student-Athlete of the Year, as well as All-Ivy and All-Big Five selections.

In 2015, Penn finished with a 22-15 overall record, with a 16-4 Ivy League mark. The 16 wins in league play were the most in program history. The Quakers fell to Columbia, 4-2, in a playoff game to determine the Ivy League Gehrig Division title.

On the mound, the Quakers led the Ivy League in earned run average (3.34) setting a new mark besting the 2014 season for the lowest in Head Coach John Yurkow's association with the program. Penn also lead the league in WHIP (1.30), and finished with 209 strikeouts, averaging 6.53 per game.

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Will Kaufman // Assistant Coach