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James Kukucka, a four-year pitcher in the program and a member of two regional championship teams, joins the staff of head coach Bill Holowaty as head sub-varsity and assistant pitching coach.

 

A native of Vernon, Kukucka was a teammate of  fellow assistant coach Shawn Gilblair for four seasons between 2006 and 2009 on teams which won 145 games and lost only 55 (72.5 percent), qualified for four NCAA tournaments, captured two regional championships and made two national tournament appearances, and claimed three Little East Conference tournament championships.

 

After appearing exclusively on the sub-varsity level as a freshman in 2006, Kukucka appeared in 40 games on the varsity level in his final three seasons, making 13 starts, winning nine of 12 decisions with two saves and striking out 73 batters in 106 2/3 innings with a 3.63 ERA.

 

As a junior in 2008, the hard-throwing righty started eight of the 11 games in which he appeared, winning six of seven decisions in 47 1/3 innings with a 3.99 ERA. That year, Kukucka never lost a start, winning starts in the Little East Conference  (9-6 over UMass Boston in an elimination game)  and New York Regional tournaments (14-0 over Montclair State University).

 

Kukucka’s final two career triumphs came in two-inning relief stints  in his senior season of 2009 at Keene State College and at home against Roger Williams University on the final day of the regular season.

 

Kukucka spent the summers of 2009 through 2011 pitching professionally in the Can-Am League with Quebec (2009-10) and the NYSL Federals. Kukucka helped Les Capitales de Quebec to consecutive league championships with finals series victories over Worcester in 2009 and Pittsfield in 2010.

 

With Quebec, Kukucka was 6-2 in 23 appearances (eight starts) over  68.0 innings, with 50 strikeouts. Primarily as a starter in 2009, he was 4-0 with a 2.82 ERA with 28 strikeouts and 15 walks in 38 1/3 innings.

 

Kukucka holds a B.S. Degree in Accounting from Eastern.

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