Adamski Named Pitching Coach, Merrigan Added to 2012 Staff

AMHERST, MA – Amherst baseball head coach Brian Hamm recently announced the addition of Brian Merrigan '11 to the 2012 staff, while naming Bryan Adamski the squad's pitching coach.

"I am excited for Bryan to take over the pitching coach responsibilities as our top assistant. Bryan has been the backbone of our coaching staff and a big part of our success during the past three years," said Hamm. "His passion for baseball and the energy that he brings to the team, combined with his incredible knowledge of the game is second to none for assistant coaches in any division in the northeast."

Primarily working with the team's hitters since arriving in the Pioneer Valley in 2009, the Lord Jeffs have posted a 62-34 overall record and 24-12 league ledger during Adamski's tenure. After hitting .316 as a team in his first season, Amherst enjoyed a record-breaking 2010 campaign, setting a single-season program record for batting average (.349), while scoring the second most runs in program history (280) and belting the fourth highest home run total (27). Finishing the year at 21-11, the Lord Jeffs ranked either first or second in the NESCAC in triples, batting average, slugging percentage, runs and home runs per game.

Amherst's hitters continued to flourish under Adamski's tutelage in 2011, batting .311 as a team, with eight student-athletes hitting .300 or better en route to a 25-10 record and the program's first NESCAC West division title since 2005. Equally as impressive was the Amherst pitching staff, which lowered its ERA by over a run from 2010 to 2011, with the squad's top duo of Ryan Healy '11 and Max McKenna '11 earning All-Conference recognition for their efforts.

A four-year standout at the University of Massachusetts, Adamski led the Minutemen in home runs and slugging percentage. Also having graduated as the program's saves leader, he was the squad's top pitcher in 2007, posting a 2.37 ERA, while going 3-1 in 16 relief appearances. 

"I am always impressed by the way that Bryan reads the game, although I am not surprised knowing the mentors that he has had from his father to Coach Stone to Coach Thurston," Hamm said. "There is no doubt that we are going to miss all that Shaun McNamara brought to the team and pitching staff, but I am excited to see Bryan pick up where Shaun left off."

Awarded the College's Edward Hitchcock Fellowship, presented to a member of the senior class interested in pursuing a career in teaching and coaching, Merrigan enters his first season as a member of Hamm's coaching staff after recently wrapping up a four-year career in Purple and White. 

A four-year starter and career .307 hitter, the Holbrook, MA native enjoyed a breakout season as a senior, setting career marks in batting average (.371), RBI (16), slugging (.443) and on-base percentage (.461). Just the eighth player in program history to surpass the 100-runs scored plateau, Merrigan also excelled off the diamond, garnering second-team CoSIDA Academic All-District recognition and his third NESCAC All-Academic honor in 2011.

"During the past four years, Brian epitomized what it meant to be an student-athlete at Amherst. He was one of the hardest working, determined and caring players that I have coached and we are going to miss his presence between the lines," explained Hamm. "At the same time, the team is going to benefit from the way that Brian will be able to draw on his recent experiences as a player to be a leader and a coach."