July 30, 2010
Quotes from Jones and Jurries | Jurries Coaching Bio
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane baseball program and head coach Rick Jones have announced that former All-American, James Jurries, will be added to the coaching staff as the volunteer assistant coach. The four-year letterwinner for the Green Wave is one of the most decorated players in school history and will join the coaching staff after spending five years in the minor league with the Atlanta Braves and two years as a high school teacher and coach at his alma mater in Texas.
"James has been a high school coach for the last couple of years in the Houston area and brings with him a lot of contacts in a very important recruiting base for our program," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones. "He also brings some familiarity to the program. Knowing the kind of work ethic he had on the field and in the classroom as a player, his commitment to consistency and his toughness made him a key part of the emergence of our program."
During his playing career with the Olive and Blue, Jurries collected eight All-American selections, was named the National Freshman of the Year by three different publications and was the first player in Tulane athletics history to earn All-American and Academic All-American honors in the same season. He was a four-time First Team All-Conference USA selection, earned the C-USA Freshman of the Year in 1999 and garnered the 2002 Conference USA Player accolades.
"It is great to be back. When you make a list of colleges that you want to work at, Tulane was by far number one for me," said Jurries. "This is where I played college baseball and where my heart is. I loved my four years here and I still love everything that goes along with the Green Wave baseball tradition. This was the perfect opportunity and perfect situation. There was no other option than to say yes."
After his senior season, Jurries was picked in the sixth round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Atlanta Braves. The Lake Jackson, Texas native spent five seasons in the Atlanta organization - four of those in Triple-A level - and batted .269 with 69 career home runs and 257 RBI's. He played just one season in the Single A ranks, played the entire 2003 slate in Double A and played the majority of his final four seasons with the teams Triple A affiliate in Richmond, Va.
Jurries was invited to Spring Training with the Braves in 2006 and spent most of that season, his final with the organization, with Triple A Richmond. The slugger was an All-Star while with Greenville and was named the Player of the Year for the squad. In 2005, he matched that honor while playing with the Richmond Braves.
Jurries will join former teammates Jake Gautreau and Chad Sutter, who all played together during the 1999 season, on the current coaching staff. That trio combined to play in 678 games, hit 195 home runs and drive in 773 RBI's in their respective careers.
Jurries is the seventh Tulane player to play and then coach with their former mentor. Along with Jurries, Jones has hired Brandon Belanger, Jack Cressend, Jake Gautreau, Billy Mohl, Scott Sidwell and Chad Sutter. Along with those seven players, Jim Schlossnagle followed Jones from Elon to coach with the Green Wave.
Jones has seen numerous assistants receive head coaching positions or advance their careers after leaving the Green Wave program.