Jad Prachniak

Jad Prachniak
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamNorth Alabama
Biographical details
Born (1981-08-05) August 5, 1981 (age 41)
Lincoln, Rhode Island
Playing career
2001–2004Rhode Island
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2005Rhode Island (Asst)
2006–2011William & Mary (P/RC)
2012–2020West Chester
2021–2022Delaware (AHC/RC)
2023–presentNorth Alabama
Head coaching record
TournamentsNCAA DI: 0–0
NCAA DII: 17–8
Accomplishments and honors
  • 2× NCAA Division II (2012, 2017)
  • 2× PSAC Tournament (2012, 2016)
  • × PSAC Coach of the Year (2012, 2015, 2017)

Jad Prachinak (born August 5, 1981) is a baseball coach and former pitcher, who is the current head baseball coach of the North Alabama Lions. He played college baseball at Rhode Island from 2001 to 2004. He served as the head coach of the West Chester Golden Rams (2012–2020).

Playing career

Prachniak grew up in Lincoln, Rhode Island, where he attended Lincoln High School, where he was a letterwinner for the Lions in baseball.[1] Prachniak would go on to pitch for the Rams, bouncing back and fourth between the rotation and bullpen. He made 14 starts for the Rams, pitching to a 4–5 win–loss record with a 6.04 earned run average.[2]

Coaching career

Prachniak began his coaching career immediately following his playing career. He served as a volunteer assistant for Rhode Island as well as the pitching coach for The Prout School, while finishing up his degree in 2005. When Rhode Island head coach, Frank Leoni took the head coaching job at William & Mary, he brough Prachniak with him as the Tribe's pitching coach.[3] On June 30, 2011, Prachniak was named the head coach of the West Chester Golden Rams.[4] Prachniak lead the Golden Rams to a National Championship season, in just his first year.[5] The Golden Rams would become champions again in 2017.[6] On December 4, 2020, Prachniak stepped down as the head coach of the Golden Rams to take an assistant coaching position on the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens staff.[7]

On June 23, 2022, Prachniak was named the head coach of the North Alabama Lions.[8]

Head coaching record

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
West Chester Golden Rams (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) (2012–2020)
2012 West Chester 46–10 16–8 1st (Eastern) College World Series Champions
2013 West Chester 25–24–1 12–12 4th (Eastern) PSAC Tournament
2014 West Chester 25–18 16–12 3rd (Eastern) PSAC Tournament
2015 West Chester 27–15 20–8 2nd (Eastern) NCAA Regional
2016 West Chester 37–14 20–8 2nd (Eastern) NCAA Regional
2017 West Chester 44–11 22–6 1st (Eastern) College World Series Champions
2018 West Chester 31–17 20–8 1st (Eastern) NCAA Regional
2019 West Chester 31–16 19–9 2nd (Eastern) NCAA Regional
2020 West Chester 7–2 0–0 Season canceled due to Covid-19
West Chester: 273–127–1 145–71
North Alabama Lions (ASUN Conference) (2023–present)
2023 North Alabama 0–0 0–0
North Alabama: 0–0 0–0
Total: 0–0

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Lincoln's Prachniak becomes Delaware's head baseball coach, recruiting coordinator". www.enterprisenews.com. The Enterprise. January 13, 2021. Retrieved August 17, 2022.
  2. ^ "Jad Prachniak". www.thebasballcube.com. THE BASEBALL CUBE. Retrieved August 17, 2022.
  3. ^ "Adam Taylor and Jad Prachniak Named Assistant Baseball Coaches At William and Mary". www.tribeathletics.com. William & Mary Athletics. September 13, 2005. Retrieved August 17, 2022.
  4. ^ "Tribe Pitching Coach to Take Head Job at West Chester". www.tribeathletics.com. William & Mary Athletics. June 30, 2011. Retrieved August 17, 2022.
  5. ^ "WEST CHESTER CAPTURES NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BY SHUTOUT". www.wcupagoldenrams.com. West Chester University. June 2, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2022.
  6. ^ "West Chester University Crowned Baseball's Division II National Champs". www.cbsnews.com. CBS Broadcasting Inc. June 6, 2017. Retrieved August 17, 2022.
  7. ^ "Jad Prachniak Steps Down As West Chester Baseball Coach". www.wcupagoldenrams.com. West Chester University. December 4, 2020. Retrieved August 17, 2022.
  8. ^ Olivia Whitmore (June 23, 2022). "UNA names Jad Prachniak as new head baseball coach". www.whnt.com. Nexstar Media Inc. Retrieved August 17, 2022.

External links

  • North Alabama bio
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