Ryan Hurba enters his 11th season as hitting coach and recruiting coordinator for the Bearcats in 2016. During that time, Hurba has built a reputation as an elite recruiter and instructor and his Bearcats have blossomed at the plate under his tutelage.
In 2014 Binghamton led the conference in slugging percentage (.372), triples (14) and home runs (18). The Bearcats were second in RBI's (242), and doubles (85). Bill Bereszniewicz led the conference in batting average (.367) and was selected in the MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In 2013, outfielder Jake Thomas led the conference in hitting (.371), slugging (.522), on-base percentage (.517) and walks (45) and his on-base percentage was the second-highest in the nation. Three field-position players earned first team all-conference honors with another selected to the all-rookie squad.
In 2012, hot-hitting infielder Brian Ruby finished the regular season with a .402 average and ranked 56th in the entire country in average.
In 2011, freshman center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz became the third Bearcat in as many years to earn Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors. Another four hitters received America East all-conference laurels, headed by senior first team selection Peter Bregartner, who led the AE in hitting (.405) and RBI (.96/game) in league play.
En route to the team’s record-breaking season in 2010, Hurba’s hitters produced a school-record .333 team batting average - the second straight record-breaking season in that category. That mark was tops in the America East and ranked 26th (out of 292) in the nation. In addition, BU ranked 44th in the country in runs per game, putting up more than 8 tallies per game. The Bearcats had three of the top four hitters in the conference and five of the top 10, highlighted by Player of the Year Corey Taylor.
Binghamton has produced two America East Players of the Year (Brendan Hitchcock, 2007, Corey Taylor, 2010) and two more Rookies of the Year (Peter Bregartner, 2008, Dave Ciocchi, 2009) during Hurba’s tenure.
Two Hurba disciples made it to the professional ranks in 2010 - center fielder Henry Dunn and second baseman Jim Calderone. Dunn was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the Major League Draft and Calderone signed a contract with Windy City in the Class A Frontier League.
Under Hurba’s tutelage, BU broke dozens of offensive team records in its 2009 championship season. The Bearcats set new marks for team batting average (.320), hits (548), runs (357), RBI (321) and triples (18). The team average of .320 was 26 points higher than the record set by the 2005 squad and a dramatic one-year improvement of 38 points.
Hurba came to Binghamton from Division II powerhouse Mount Olive College (N.C.) (2008 Division II National Champions), where he served as an assistant for two years. While at Mount Olive he coached four All-Americans and four future professional players. Three of those players signed as free agents, while one was an MLB draft pick.
Hurba has also served as an assistant at Brevard Community College. There Hurba worked with head coach Ernie Rosseau, a former minor league hitting coordinator with the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets. Their Brevard team advanced to the Florida State Junior College tournament, finishing fourth in the state. Hurba coached five Brevard players who were drafted by MLB teams.
Prior to heading into college coaching Hurba spent four years as the head coach at the oldest overnight baseball camp in the country, the Sho-Me Baseball Camp (Branson, MO). There he oversaw the entire on field summer program as well as their satellite camps in the off season.
As an undergraduate player, he earned All-America honors at Oswego State in 1996. Hurba was a three-time all-region selection, three-time all conference selection and two-time ECAC all-star. In 2001, he was inducted into Oswego’s Baseball Hall of Fame.
He has also served as an associate scout with the Milwaukee Brewers and was head coach and league director of the Dunwoody Senior Baseball Developmental League in Georgia.
Hurba’s sports affinity began in the Southern Tier, where he was a three-sport athlete at Bainbridge-Guilford High School. There, he earned All-Susquenango League honors in both baseball and football and also won more than 120 career matches on the wrestling mat.
Ryan resides in Endwell, NY with his wife Carrie, and their daughter Kaylee and son T.J.
Mike is a local product from Endicott who was an All-State selection at Shortstop on Union Endicott’s 2003 New York State Championship team. He then went on to the University at Buffalo and was a Freshman All-American and 1st team Mid-American Conference selection before being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2007. During his 4 years in the Cardinals system Mike advanced from rookie ball to AAA playing, every position on the field.
From 2008-2011, Mike was a member of the COTB winter camp staff and will now oversee the winter defensive camp each year at Crack of the Bat.
Mike was hired in the summer of 2016 as an assistant at Binghamton University to oversee the infield defense, and also assist with the hitters.
Rob just completed a very successful playing career at Binghamton University and is now our student assistant, helping Coach Sinicki with the pitching program. Rob enjoyed a very solid two year run with the Bearcats…culminating with a conference championship, an NCAA Tournament appearance, and a unanimous 1st Team All Conference honors, as Rob was selected as the top reliever in the America East Conference.
Rob has been with our Crack of the Bat summer camp staff, and is now beginning his career as a college baseball coach. He has already been named the Adirondack Trail Blazers pitching coach for the 2017 summer in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.