Jim Schlossnagle returns for his eighth season as associate head baseball coach and recruiting coordinator. Schlossnagle joined the Tulane program in August of 1993 and has been an integral part of the Green Wave's success, helping Tulane to five conference championships and five NCAA Regional appearances during his tenure.
On the field, Schlossnagle serves as the pitching coach for the Green Wave.
According to the January 2001 issue of Baseball America, Schlossnagle was tabbed as one of the top-10 assistant coaches that "looked like one of the best candidates to take a head coaching position with a major program."
In 2000, Sports Illustrated ranked Tulane's pitching staff in the top 5 among Division I programs. The Green Wave pitching staff recorded the most strikeouts (459) and complete games (13) in Conference USA. Last season, Jared Berkowtiz and Brandon Belanger left their mark on the Tulane histroy books. Berkowitz recorded the most career wins(38) games started (56) and innings pitched (415.2), while Belanger recorded the most career saves(27).
In 1999, the Tulane pitching staff topped Conference USA in four statistical categories, including ERA (4.60), saves (18), strikeouts (478) and wins (48). Three of Schlossnagle's 1999 pitchers were named All-Conference USA and All-American, including Henry Bonilla, Berkowitz and Belanger.
In 1998, Tulane's pitching staff ranked eighth nationally and first in Conference USA with an ERA of 4.08. Tulane's Josh Bobbitt was named Conference USA Pitcher-of-the-Year and All-American. Five members of the '98 Tulane pitching staff signed professional contracts as the Green Wave won 48 games.
In 1997, the Green Wave hurlers ranked seventh nationally and first in Conference USA with an ERA of 4.02. Jason Navarro developed into a first team All-American under Schlossnagle with an ERA of 2.00 and 12-2 record.
Since 1994, Tulane has ranked in the top two in the conference in earned run average and has placed at least one pitcher on the All-Conference team seven times. In the same time period, 18 Tulane pitchers have signed professional baseball contracts, although none of them were drafted out of high school.
Schlossnagle has served as the Green Wave recruiting coordinator the last five years and has garnered three nationally-ranked recruiting classes during this time. These classes have produced outstanding results for the Green Wave, including two 48-win seasons and a number one NCAA Regional seed. Highlights of these classes include the 1999 National Freshman of the Year, James Jurries; 1999 Freshman All-American, Jake Gautreau; 1999 All-American relief pitcher, Belanger; All-Americans, Jason Sparks, Josh Bobbitt and Brandon Belanger, and All-Conference players such as Andy Cannizaro, Jake Burnham, Henry Bonilla, Steve Shirley, Jared Berkowitz, James Burgess and Nick Bourgeois.
Prior to arriving in New Orleans, Schlossnagle served as the pitching coach at Clemson in 1993. The Tigers finished the season with a 45-20 record, an Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and a second place finish in the NCAA Mideast Regional. Seven members of the '93 Clemson pitching staff were drafted into professional baseball.
Schlossnagle spent three seasons as an assistant at Elon College (N.C.), one of the most prominent NAIA programs in the country at the time. He helped lead the Fightin' Christians to a 99-40 record, two South Atlantic Conference Championships, a District 26 title and an Area 7 Regional appearance.
As the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator, Schlossnagle played a large role in establishing a strong pitching tradition at Elon. The Fightin' Chrisitians ranked second nationally in ERA (2.41) in 1990, when the team recorded a school record 40 wins. In 1991, Schlossnagle's pitching staff ranked third nationally with a 2.85 ERA.
A native of Hagerstown, MD, Schlossnagle was a pitcher on the 1989 Elon squad that finished 39-7 and appeared in the NAIA World Series. He graduated magna cum laude from Elon with a bachelor's degree in physical education and earned his masters of education in human performance and health promotion from the University of New Orleans in 1995.
Schlossnagle and his wife, Kami, reside in Destrehan and have a son, one-year-old Jackson Lambert. They are expecting their second child, Kathleen Grace, in February 2001.