Sinnott Named Amherst Pitching Coach

Contact: Mike O'Brien

Sinnott Picture.jpgAMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst baseball team has announced its newest addition of Jim Sinnott as the team’s pitching coach.

Sinnott joins the Amherst coaching staff after a successful summer as the pitching coach for the Newark Pilots in the Perfect Game Baseball League. Newark’s pitching staff boasted a team ERA of 3.90 and landed four pitchers on the All-Star team en route to a playoff appearance.

Sinnott, a two-time All-Conference pitcher at Cabrillo College from 2001-03, led the state of California in saves while helping the Seahawks to a Coast Conference Championship and a birth to the Regionals.

Following his playing career, Sinnott spent two seasons as the pitching coach at Cabrillo College before taking the position of Director of Pitching for the Surf City Baseball Club. Eventually he took over the club and held that position until the fall of 2011 when he joined the coaching staff at West Valley College.

In 2012, West Valley finished second in the Coast Golden Gate Conference with a team ERA of 2.81, second-lowest in the league and 12th in California junior college baseball. The Vikings tied for sixth in the state with just 104 earned runs allowed while four West Valley pitchers earned All-Conference laurels.

 “Coach Sinnott stood out among applicants because of his wealth of pitching knowledge and his ability to teach,” said head coach Brian Hamm. “Coach Sinnott will bring a breadth of baseball experience to Amherst thanks to a successful playing career and multiple coaching positions in one of the most competitive baseball environments in the country.”

Sinnott inherits a pitching staff that finished second in the NESCAC with a team ERA of 3.17 in 2013. The team was led by Bob Cook ’13, the 2013 recipient of the Edward Hitchcock Fellowship. Cook will be joining the coaching staff this season as the Hitchcock fellow, which is presented to a member of the senior class interested in pursuing a career in teaching and coaching. Cook excelled last season and finished first in the nation in WHIP (0.77) and second in ERA (0.95).

Headlining the pitching rotation in 2014 is Dylan Driscoll ’14. Driscoll ranked fourth in the nation last season in walks allowed per nine innings (0.58) and eighth in the country in strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.5).

In 2012, Amherst claimed its third NESCAC title and first since 2005. The squad also reached its first NCAA appearance since the ’05 season and finished the year with a program record 27 wins and 13 losses. Amherst went 2-2 in the NCAA tournament with wins over No. 3 SUNY Cortland and No. 22 Rowan for its first NCAA wins since 1999.