Amherst Baseball Assistant Coaches
Duncan Webb '04 returns to head coach Bill Thurston's staff after serving last year as the recipient of the college's prestigious Hitchcock Fellowship for athletic excellence and leadership. Webb gained valuable experience in the fall fo 2004, helping coach the women's soccer team to a 9-2-4 record and the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament, and in the 2004-05 winter, when he helped guide the men's 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 program's fourth NCAA Tournament berth since 1996. His career pitching totals include 14 wins, 144 strikeouts and a 3.75 ERA.
Brian Hamm joins the Amherst staff after serving in a similar role at NESCAC rival Middlebury College last fall. A 2002 graduate of Middlebury, Hamm has served as an assistant for the Panthers' baseball program for the last three seasons and is currently an Envoy Coach for Major League Baseball (MLB). He was also a three-year starting goalkeeper for the Middlebury soccer team, earning both all-conference honors and all-region honors twice and captaining the team in his senior campaign. Hamm played semi-professionally for the Downton Football Club in Downton, England before taking on the assistant role at Middlebury in 2004, and followed the season at Middlebury with a stint as Director of Goalkeeping for the Vermont Olympic Development Program. Hamm is currently working toward a master's degree in sport management at UMass Amherst, and will also coach in Germany this summer for MLB International.