After coaching at UMBC for a school-record 34 years, baseball head coach John Jancuska has resigned, UMBC Director of Athletics Charles Brown announced.
Jancuska amassed a 673 career victories, led Retriever teams to five NCAA Tournament appearances and was named Coach of the Year in all four of UMBC’s conferences at the NCAA Division I level. He was inducted into the UMBC Athletics’ Hall of Fame in 2010. During his tenure, Jancuska produced 19 seasons with 20-plus victories in addition to 39 All-Region players, five All-Americans, four Academic All-Americans and 21 professional baseball players.
“For a 23-year-old to get the opportunity to achieve his dream of being a head baseball coach, it was an incredible blessing,” Jancuska said. “And to be able to watch it grow, not only the athletic program, but the university has been a tremendous gift.”
“John has been the face of the program for 34 years,” Brown said. “He achieved great success on the playing field and produced hundreds of fine young men who have benefitted tremendously from John’s positive influence. He has run the program with professionalism and integrity. His positive impact on our department is very much appreciated.
Jancuska, who resigned from the position for personal reasons, will remain with the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation in 2011-12, teaching courses in the physical education program.