|Title:||Assistant / Pitching Coach|
Jamie Quinn enters his second season as the Pitching Coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Quinn will also coach the catchers and oversee the conditioning element of the program. Quinn has five years of professional experience along with this beginning his sixth year as a collegiate coach and has produced seven professional ballplayers and four all-conference catchers, in that time.
2013 proved to be another milestone season as Quinn helped guide the Mariners to the program's first ever Regular Season Championship in the Landmark Conference. He went on to develop a pitching staff that consisted of nine underclassmen and four upperclassmen to the program's best ERA in a decade at 5.25 and made his second Coaching Staff of the Year award honors, working under USMMA Baseball's all-time wins leader, Mike Notebaert. Quinn then spent the professional season of 2013 with the Arizona Diamondbacks as the organization's Minor League Video Coordinator with the Hillsboro Hops, their Short Season Single-A affiliate in the Northwest League. There he was in charge of all game/early work video for Player Development while working closely with hitting coach J.R. House, and pitching coach and former Cy Young Award winner, Doug Drabek.
In 2012, Quinn was on staff for breaking the single-season wins record- for a second consecutive season at a Division I institution- this time on the Hofstra University baseball staff. There he helped guide the team to their first CAA Tournament Appearance since 2005 while accumulating 34 wins. The Hofstra catchers were directly impacted by Quinn's arrival to Hempstead. Senior DH/Catcher Kevin Flynn received First Team All-CAA Honors at DH while Sophomore Catcher Matt Reistetter received Second Team All-CAA Honors at catcher. Flynn since became Quinn's fifth former player to play professionally, signing as a free agent with the Washington Nationals, along with Danny Poma, who was the 10th Round MLB Draft Pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Reistetter eventually became Quinn's sixth professional player, also signing as a free agent with the Washington Nationals. Quinn directed the Pride Bullpen to an improved 13 saves, led by Bryan Verbitsky, who was drafted in the 3rd Round by the San Diego Padres (Quinn's seventh). He assisted with the entire pitching staff as well, guiding them to break Hofstra's single season records for ERA with 5.37 and strikeouts with 349.
Prior to joining the Pride staff, Quinn enjoyed his first successful stint at the Division I level with the Long Island University-Brooklyn Blackbirds in 2011. LIU posted a program record 28 wins, two of which were over ranked opponents, in St. John’s and Kansas State, while qualifying for the Northeast Conference Tournament for the first time in 11 years. At LIU, he worked under Don Maines, who has 400+ Division I wins, and won NEC Coach of the Year honors. Under Quinn's tutelage, LIU catcher Tyler Jones earned ABCA All-Region, and NEC first team honors after batting .425 and recording just three passed balls in 51 games, along with being named a semi-finalist for the Johnny Bench Award (given to the Nation’s best catcher). Jones since signed with the Seattle Mariners organization. Quinn also directed the LIU bullpen to an NEC-leading 13 Saves with closer Evan Zerff ranking 20th in the nation in the category.
Before LIU, Quinn was the catching and third base coach at his
alma mater, Queens College, for two seasons. In addition to
coaching at Queens, Quinn's duties consisted of spearheading field
and equipment upgrades along with field maintenance, as well as
budgeting and directing the fundraising efforts for the program.
Quinn has served as the Bullpen Coach for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball from 2011-2012 after spending 2009 and 2010 as a catcher on the team. The Ducks won the 2012 Atlantic League Championship, Quinn’s first title professionally. Under his guidance, in 2011 the Ducks Bullpen led the Atlantic League with 44 saves while winning both the first and second half Atlantic League Championships. In 2009, he was able to learn under the tutelage of New York Mets World Champion, Major League Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, the late Gary Carter, who managed the team that season. Prior to his four seasons with the Ducks, Quinn played professionally for the Windy City ThunderBolts of the Frontier League.
Quinn played two seasons at Queens College, where he was an All-East Coast Conference selection at first base in his senior year of 2008, helping lead the Knights to their best record in five years. Prior to his two seasons at Queens, Quinn was a standout catcher for SUNY Old Westbury. As a freshman in 2005 he was second on the team in hitting, third in stolen bases, and had a fielding percentage of .996 while committing only one error. That season he earned Rookie of the Year honors and was ranked as the 10th toughest to strikeout in the country.
Quinn, who holds a degree in Physical Education from Queens,
resides in Carle Place, NY.