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John Yurkow // Head Coach

John Yurkow was promoted to W. Joseph Blood Head Coach of Baseball in July 2013 after serving seven seasons as an assistant coach with the University of Pennsylvania baseball program. He started his seventh season at the helm in 2020 and has compiled an overall record of 130-123-1 including a 73-48-1 record in Ivy League play. Yurkow currently ranks fifth on the program's all-time wins list.

Under Yurkow’s tutelage, Penn has reached 20 wins in four of his six full seasons and finished with a winning record in each of those four seasons. Yurkow is one of five coaches to reach 100 wins and is the third-fastest to reach triple digits with a win in his 152nd game as head coach (4/21/2018 – Cornell).

Over his six full seasons as head coach of the Quakers, Yurkow has produced 43 All-Ivy selections including two Players of the Year, one Pitcher of the Year, three Rookies of the Year, 19 first-team selections, 14 second-team honorees, and 10 honorable mentions. On top of the All-Ivy selections, Yurkow has prepared athletes to compete at the next level, with nine players selected in the MLB Draft since his promotion in 2013.

In 2019, the Quakers’ offense had a marquee year. Penn set program records in hits (533), doubles (109) and RBI (320). The Quakers set the bar in the Ivy League in each of those categories, and additionally led the conference with a .334 team batting average, .422 on-base percentage, .497 slugging percentage, 354 runs scored and 8.6 runs per game.

Not only was Penn’s offense the gold standard of the Ivy League in 2019, it also put the Red and Blue in the national spotlight. The Quakers ranked second among all Division I programs in batting average (.334) and doubles per game (2.66), third in scoring (8.6 runs per game), fourth in on-base percentage (.442) and triples per game (.54), and ninth in slugging (.497).

Those big numbers landed the Quakers eight All-Ivy selections including a league-leading four first-team selections, the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year in Christian Scafidi, and the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in Josh Hood. With Hood’s unanimous selection, three of the last four Ivy League Rookies of the Year were representatives of Penn. To cap the year off, senior captain Matt O'Neill was selected by the New York Mets in the 20th round of the 2019 MLB Draft.

Despite multiple losses throughout the team due to graduation and the MLB Draft, Yurkow fielded a competitive squad in 2018, falling just short of a return to the Ivy League Championship for the second consecutive year. The Quakers concluded their 2018 campaign 16-25-1 overall and 9-11-1 in Ivy play, wrapping up the year with a pair of consecutive wins against Yale, the regular-season Ivy Champ.

In 2018, Penn tallied four All-Ivy selections, headlined by Eduardo Malinowski who was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Malinowski was joined by Matt McGeagh as Penn’s two first-team selections.

Yurkow took the Penn baseball program to new heights in 2017, leading the Quakers to the Ivy League Gehrig Division title and sealing a spot in the Ivy League Championship Series for the first time since 2007. Penn finished 23-22 overall with a 12-8 mark in Ivy play.

Penn had four All-Ivy selections at the end of the 2017 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 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) 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 Gherig Division. At the end of the season, Graul was voted Ivy League Player of the Year and Matt O’Neill was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year. O’Neill was the first Rookie of the Year selected under Yurkow’s leadership with the Quakers.

Yurkow guided Penn to a 22-15 record with a 16-4 mark in Ivy League play in 2015. The 16 Ivy League wins are the most in program history. 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 in 2015, 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.

During Yurkow’s first season in 2014, Penn finished with a 24-17 overall record while going 15-5 in Ivy League play. The Quakers tied Columbia for first in the Gherig Division standings but were bested by the Lions in a one-game playoff for a bid to the Ivy League Championship Series. Penn totaled nine All-Ivy selections at the end of the 2014 season, including four first-team honorees.

Yurkow arrived at Penn after serving as an assistant at Duke from 2001-05. He began as a volunteer assistant, then was promoted to assistant coach and co-recruiting coordinator in January 2003. His responsibilities included all aspects of the team offense and teaching the hitting philosophy as well as overseeing infield play. He also served as an assistant at Rowan from 1999-2001.

Yurkow was a four-year starter at Rowan University where he played second base. During his career, he helped lead the Profs to the NCAA Regional championship four times. In Yurkow’s senior year, he garnered NCAA Division III All-America honors as he led the Profs to a 36-8 record and the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) championship. He was also a two-time selection to the NCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region team, in 1998 and 1999. Yurkow was an NJAC All-Conference selection in 1998 and 1999 and the NJAC Tournament MVP in 1999.

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Mike Santello // Assistant Coach

Promoted to the role of Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator in July of 2013, Mike Santello tallied his ninth season as an assistant coach at Penn in 2020.

Under Santello’s guidance, the Quakers emerged as one of the nation’s top offensive powerhouses in 2019. Bolstered by a bevy of returning starters as well as a talented incoming class, Penn finished the season ranked within the top five of all Division I programs in many offensive categories. After the conclusion of the College World Series, Penn held the nation’s second-best batting average (.334), ranked second in doubles per game (2.66), and third in triples per game (.54). Practicing increased plate discipline and utilizing increased opportunities in the batting cages, Santello helped lead Penn to rank third in on-base percentage (.422) and scoring (8.6 runs per game).

The Quakers looked primed to post similar numbers in 2020. Unfortunately, the opportunity was halted by the season's cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through eight games in 2020, Penn had a .292 batting average with 82 hits and 42 runs scored. Comparatively, the 2019 Quakers posted a .273 batting average with 85 hits and 52 runs scored.

Santello managed one of Penn's most experience offensive units to date in 2018, returning eight-of-nine starters from the 2017 batting order. Coincidentally enough, the group's top performer came from non-other than one of the new additions, as Eduardo Malinowski emerged as not only Penn's, by also the Ivy's, best bat. Under Santello's tutelage, the freshman led the league in batting average (.347) and total hits (59), eventually earning him Ivy League Rookie of the Year and first-team All-Ivy honors. Penn's other first-team All-Ivy selection – Matt McGeagh – also thrived under Santello, pacing the league in both RBIs (43) and slugging percentage (.508). As a unit, Santello's corps ranked second amongst Ivy programs in overall batting average (.268) while leading the conference in doubles (73).

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.

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.

Working with hitters and catchers, Santello has helped guide a Penn offense that has scored over 200 runs the past two seasons, and in 2014 the Quakers finished ranked 21st in the nation in slugging percentage (0.419), 10th in doubles per game, and 13th in home runs per game. He's also worked with catcher Austin Bossart, who was named to the Johnny Bench Award watch list the past two seasons.

Prior to Penn, Santello previously served at his alma mater, Eastern, where he spent three seasons as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach as well.

A four-year standout at Eastern on the field for the Eagles, Santello earned All-PAC honors in his senior season. A three-year captain of the Eagles, Santello was consistently at or near the top of his club's offensive categories while carrying a .980 fielding percentage at second base.

In addition to his stint coaching at Eastern, Santello has served as Camp Director for the Last Chance Camp at Eastern University and Swarthmore College, a camp he developed. During the offseasons, he has also worked as an instructor at the Triple Crown Academy in Limerick, Pa. while guest instructing at John Cole's Baseball Camps, the Best in Virginia Camp, the Naval Academy Baseball Camp, and the Top 96 Baseball Camp.

A native of Pottstown, Pa., Santello graduated from Eastern in 2008 with an undergraduate degree in history and earned his Masters of Education at Eastern in December of 2012. Mike is happily married to his wife, Nicole.

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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 seventh year at Penn in 2020.

In a shortened 2020 season, Penn's pitching staff posted an Ivy League-low ERA (4.00) with 62 strikeouts, 41 walks, and held opponents to a league-low .224 batting average.

Entering the 2019 season with a trio of experienced starting pitchers, Schwartz was able to strike fear in Ivy League opposition with one of the best weekend rotations among Ancient Eight teams. Leading the rotation was the Quakers’ junior ace Christian Scafidi, who was named the Ivy League and Big 5’s Pitcher of the Year. Scafidi finished the season with the League’s lowest ERA (2.62) and finished the season with one of the conference’s best strikeout/walk ratios (45 K’s/9 BB’s). Scafidi and fellow junior starter Mitch Holcomb both finished the season with a 6-1 record after nine starts.

Following the loss of multiple pitchers to the MLB Draft, Schwartz was tasked with rebuilding the Quakers' bullpen nearly from scratch in 2018. The lone returning starter – senior Gabe Kleiman – anchored the group while several young arms developed, eventually leading to a dangerous staff eight deep. By year end, the 2018 Quakers had set a new bar for program strikeouts (358), surpassing last season's group by eight. Amongst the Ivy League, Penn finished second in ERA (4.63) and first in strikeouts, tossed four complete games and wrapped up the season with one shutout (at Yale, 5/13). Unsurprisingly, Kleiman served as the group's top performer, closing out the season with two complete games, a team-high 69 strikeouts – good for 10th all-time in program history – and 70.1 innings pitched.

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.

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 season’s mark of nine players earning All-Ivy recognition.

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 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).

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.

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JOE BROOKS // Assistant Coach

Joe Brooks joined the Quakers in the fall of 2019 and wrapped up his first year at Penn after a shortened, eight-game season in 2020. Brooks served as Penn's first-base coach and works primarily with the hitters and outfielders.

In that shortened 2020 season, an already strong Penn offense looked set to reach new heights. Through eight games, the Quakers led the Ivy League with a .292 batting average with 82 hits and 42 runs scored. Penn also ranked third in the League with a .960 fielding percentage with the outfield boasting an unblemished 1.000 fielding percentage.

Brooks came to West Philadelphia after spending two seasons as an assistant coach with Penn State Abington. During his years with the Nittany Lions, he worked closely with the team's infielders and offense.

In his first year with the program, Abington set program records for runs scored (344), on-base percentage (.424), RBI (295), and home runs (13). Defensively, the Nittany Lions led all Division III programs with 1.21 double plays per game, turning 46 in 38 games.

Prior to his time in Abington, Brooks was a three-year starter at Rutgers-Camden. In his 125 games played (all starts) for the Scarlet Raptors, Brooks posted a .386 batting average with 187 hits, 112 runs scored, and 82 RBI.