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Assistant Coach Jad Prachniak

- Jad Prachniak
Assistant Coach

A former pitcher for head coach Frank Leoni at the University of Rhode Island, Jad Prachniak is in his sixth season as an assistant coach at William and Mary. Prachniak serves as the Tribe’s pitching coach and assists with recruiting.

The 2010 season was one of the finest for a Tribe pitching staff in program history. As a team, the College posted an ERA of 4.87, which ranked second in the CAA and 52nd nationally out of 292 teams. The 4.87 earned run average was the lowest for the College since 2004. The staff was led by sophomore Matt Davenport, who became the first Tribe pitcher to be named First-Team All-CAA since 2002. Davenport set the school record with an ERA of 1.96 while pitching the 10th most innings in program history, 96.1. Also earning All-CAA recognition was John Farrell, whose six saves led the team and set a freshman school record.

Over the past five years, he has been instrumental in developing four MLB Draft picks, including Kevin Landry in 2009, who was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles. Overall, pitchers under Prachniak’s tutelage account for 38 entries in the W&M all-time top-10 lists, and six school records. In the 2008 season, the Tribe’s staff finished the regular season with 20 saves, which tied the College for second most in the nation.

Prior to joining the College’s staff, Prachniak was a volunteer assistant for Leoni at Rhode Island, where the Rams captured the 2005 Atlantic 10 championship, culminating in a regional appearance at Long Beach State. In five years as a coach, Prachniak has coached seven players who have gone on to pitch at the professional level.

Prachniak was a four-year letterwinner with the Rams from 2001-04 and compiled a career record of 3-5. During his junior season, he earned a 2-1 mark with a 3.48 ERA, the lowest among URI starting pitchers. Additionally, he limited the opposition to a team- best .243 batting average and helped propel the Rams to the Atlantic 10 Eastern Division Championship. As a senior, Prachniak served as a captain and helped lead the squad to the Atlantic 10 regular-season title. That season he also received a Scholar-Athlete Award from the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

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