Jerry Sidman promoted
The St. Joseph’s College baseball team has a new head coach, but it’s a familiar face as Jerry Sidman was promoted to head coach after six years as the assistant, St. Joseph’s Athletic Director Frank Carbone announced on Friday.
Sidman, a Staten Island native, is replacing Scott Losche, who left for personal reasons, and has coached the Bears since 2010. Sidman had previously served as Losche’s assistant since 2000 from their days at Baruch, where they won the CUNYAC title together in 2001, and then later at CCNY. Sidman joined the Bears in 2009 with Losche taking over the team the year after.
“I am extremely pleased to offer Jerry his first head coaching position and I am confident that the transition will be a seamless one,” Carbone said. “I know the decision to leave was a difficult one for Scott, one that needed to be made for personal reasons, and words can’t express the gratitude to Scott and the entire staff for their work in developing the program over the past five years. He will be sorely missed, but will always be a part of the Bears family.”
There are no changes expected in regards to the rest of the coaching staff as Jack Hans takes Sidman’s spot as the associate head coach, Mike Kondel is the pitching coach, Chris Pacifico and Steve Somers will be volunteer assistant coaches.
Sidman seems like the right pick for the position as he has been with the school for a number of years and is clearly passionate about the program. He served as the third base coach, the hitting coach and running instructor and was also the coach that dealt with the media (me) last season.
“I want to thank Frank and the entire athletic department family for trusting and believing in me to continue to guide the baseball program in its winning success,” commented Sidman on the appointment. “I am truly thrilled that my first head coaching position will continue at my second home. I look forward to moving the program into the next phase of our journey.”
The Bears started the baseball program back in 2008 and had their best year, 29-11, last season and made the USCAA Small College World Series for the second year in a row.