Jim Duffy has a passion for the game of baseball and for helping young men develop to reach their maximum potential. Coach Duff takes his experiences and valuable lessons gained as an All-American player at Seton Hall University and then within the Houston Astros organization and shares them during his workouts. Following his playing days, Coach Duff has coached D1 college baseball for 17 years as an Asst. Coach at both Seton Hall Univ. (9 yrs.) and Rutgers Univ. (2 yrs.) and Head Baseball Coach at Manhattan College (6 yrs.).
In his six seasons leading Manhattan, Duffy guided the program to 134 wins, four Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament appearances and the 2012 MAAC Championship. Fourteen of his players earned All-MAAC status, including three following the 2017 season. In addition, the Jaspers saw pitcher Tom Cosgrove selected in the 12th round of the MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres and shortstop Jose Carrera signed by the New York Yankees.
Duffy made a splash in his first year as skipper, leading Manhattan to the MAAC Championship in 2012 and a berth to NCAA Regionals. The team traveled to the Columbia Regional to face two-time defending national champion South Carolina. The run capped a season that saw the Jaspers win 33 games, including posting an 18-6 conference record en route to claiming the MAAC regular season title. In 2016, both MAAC Player of the Year Christian Santisteban and MAAC Rookie of the Year Fabian Pena garnered Louisville Slugger All-America honors.
Duffy mentored five All-MAAC first team selections in 2012 and oversaw the development of Anthony Vega, who was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles following his junior year in the 30th round of the MLB Draft. The landmark campaign also featured the only undefeated home record in the Division I ranks as the program recorded a perfect 18-0 mark at Van Cortlandt Park.
Prior to becoming a head coach, Duffy started his coaching career by spending seven seasons as an assistant coach at Seton Hall, his alma mater. That started in 2001 when the Pirates won their first Big East championship since 1987. In 2003, he was promoted to full-time assistant coach. Duffy worked primarily with the Pirates' hitters and outfielders while also assisting with recruiting, scouting and team travel. Nine of Duffy's players eventually moved on to professional baseball careers.
A 1996 Seton Hall graduate, Duffy was a four-year starter at first base for the Pirates. He appears throughout the program record books, ranking second all-time in hits (247), second in defensive putouts (1,347), fifth in runs scored (165), fifth in at bats (709) and ninth in games played (200). A three-time All-Big East selection, Duffy was named New Jersey College Player of the Year and earned All-America honors after finishing ninth in the nation with a .429 batting average in 1995. The average also has Duffy tied for fifth with Mo Vaughn in the Pirates' single-season record books. The following season, he had a school-record 29-game hitting streak and served as team captain.
In 1997, he signed a free agent contract with the Houston Astros. He was an outfielder in the Astros system for four years, advancing as high as Double-A before retiring in 2000 to pursue a coaching career.
Duffy and his wife Danielle are the proud parents of three children (daughter Jadan, sons Brennan and John) and reside in Hazlet, New Jersey.