Jim Duffy led Manhattan to the 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship and NCAA Regional Play in his first year in Riverdale and a pair of conference Tournament appearances during his first three years as the skipper of the Jaspers
In 2013, Duffy guided Manhattan through an injury-plagued season, in which the Jaspers still won 24 games. Duffy mentored All-MAAC first team selections Ramon Ortega and Nick Camastro, who finished their careers by cementing their names in Manhattan's offensive record books.
Duffy made a splash in his first year in the dugout, leading the Jaspers to their third MAAC Championship. The landmark season also featured the only undefeated home record in NCAA Division I in 2012 as the Jaspers recorded a perfect 18-0 mark at Van Cortlandt Park.
The Jaspers made conference history in their title run by rallying through the elimination bracket of the MAAC Tournament. Duffy's club became the first team to win four games in three days to earn the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Manhattan was sent to the Columbia Regional to face two-time defending National Champion South Carolina.
Manhattan won 33 games and posted an 18-6 conference record as it capture the 2012 MAAC regular season title in Duffy's first season. He mentored five All-MAAC first team selections and seven MAAC Academic Honor Roll recipients. Two players from Duffy's championship roster went on to sign professional baseball contracts in 2012.
Duffy came to Riverdale after seven seasons as an assistant coach at Seton Hall, where he helped the Pirates win the Big East championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament in 2011.
Duffy began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater in 2001. That season, Seton Hall won its 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.
He served as the head coach of the Monmouth Monarchs of the ABCCL collegiate summer league from 2004-10, leading the squad to a league championship in 2005.
Duffy was a four-year starter at first base for the Pirates earning his bachelor's degree from Seton Hall in 2001. He is Seton Hall's all-time leader in putouts (1,387) while also ranking second in hits (247) and at-bats (709) and fifth in runs scored (165). 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 following season, he had a school-record 29-game hitting streak.
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.
Duffy and his wife Danielle have a daughter, Jadan and son, Brennan.
|Alma Mater:||Seton Hall, 2001|