Joe Katuska '03
Duncan Webb '04
||Newcomer Tom Randolph brings a wealth of baseball experience gleaned as a player, head coach and assistant coach in both the United States and Europe. After an outstanding four-year career as a catcher and third baseman at archrival Williams College, where he graduated in 1996 with a degree in economics, Randolph played shortstop for the Sokol Krc Baseball Club in Prague, Czech Republic. He went on to work as an assistant coach with both the Czech National Team and Columbia University, and later served as the head coach at Wentworth Institute of Technology, where he guided the Leopards to consecutive Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournaments in 2002 and 2003. Along the way, Randolph has held several positions affiliated with Major League Baseball, including stints as an envoy for Major League Baseball International and a baseball operations assistant for the New York Yankees. Most recently, Randolph completed the Major League Baseball Scout Development Program in Phoenix, Arizona.
Joe Katuska í03 captained Amherst to its first-ever NESCAC West Division crown as a senior catcher, batting a robust .317 and gunning down eight out of 12 would-be base stealers despite missing the latter half of the season with a wrist injury. He graduated as a .303 career hitter with six home runs, 48 RBIs and a .990 fielding percentage.
First-year assistant Duncan Webb '04 joins head coach Bill Thurstonís staff as the recipient of the college's prestigious Hitchcock Fellowship for athletic excellence and leadership. Webb gained valuable experience in the fall, helping coach the womenís soccer team to a 9-2-4 record and the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament, and in the winter, when he helped guide the menís basketball team to its third NESCAC Championship in the last five years and a fourth straight trip to the NCAA round of 16. On the baseball diamond, Webb capped an outstanding four-year pitching career by captaining the Jeffs to the 2004 NESCAC Championship and the programís fourth NCAA Tournament berth since 1996. His career pitching totals include 14 wins, 144 strikeouts and a 3.75 ERA.