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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Seton Hall Baseball Head Coach Rob Sheppard announced today the hiring of former minor leaguer and Seton Hall Prep standout Eric Duncan as the Pirates’ new volunteer assistant coach.
The talented Duncan recently wrapped up a 10-year professional baseball career, but it was his performance at nearby Seton Hall Prep that put him on the local scene. Duncan attended Seton Hall Prep from 2000-03 where he was a four-year letterman on the baseball team. He was a part of two state championship teams and county titles, in 2001 and 2003, as well as three conference championships (2000, 2001, 2003).
“We are very excited to have Eric on our coaching staff,” Sheppard said. “Eric brings great enthusiasm and experience to the ball park every day. He will provide the players with great insight and be a positive role model for them to follow. Eric is a 2003 first round pick of the New York Yankees, who is currently finishing the requirements for his Bachelor’s Degree. He will fit in well with our staff and embodies everything that Seton Hall Baseball represents. He’s a great competitor with tremendous work ethic.”
He received a number of national and regional accolades following his senior season at Seton Hall Prep, when he was named the Gatorade State Player of the Year, a USA Today First-Team All-American and a First-Team All-State honoree. That spring he was a first-round draft pick of the New York Yankees, going No. 27 overall in the amateur draft.
In 2004, Duncan was named a Midwest League All-Star and he received Arizona Fall League Most Valuable Player recognition in 2005. In 2006, he was named the New York Yankees Spring Training Top-Rookie and was a member of the Scranton Wilkes-Barre International League (AAA) championship team. In 2011, he was the St. Louis Cardinals MiLB organizational top second baseman.
The Southern California native currently resides in Florham Park, N.J.