Blue Hens baseball coach Sherman retires

Being able to decide for himself that this will be his last season as a baseball coach at the University of Delaware makes for “a happy ending,” Jim Sherman said Saturday afternoon.

UD had just announced that Sherman will retire at the end of what will be his 22nd season as head coach this spring.

Sherman took a break from practice on Saturday at the Delaware Field House, saying that Delaware has the improved pitching and depth for a successful season that would be a truly happy ending.

The Blue Hens will open the 2022 season in Stetson on February 18. Delaware plans to honor Sherman during a homestand against Elon on May 6-8.

“In this business,” Sherman said, “sometimes the endings don’t go well. People are being fired left and right.

Delaware head coach Jim Sherman is questioning a call-up after the Hens ended the northeast half of the fourth inning in the Blue Hens' 8-1 loss to open a weekend series at Hannah Stadium, Friday, May 14, 2021.

“I’ve had a great run and personally wish I’d brought home more conference championships. But I think the pieces are finally right.”

As an example, Sherman cited that the pitching coach is now a full-time position at Delaware staffed by Jad Prachniak, also the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. Prachniak left West Chester, where as head coach from 2011-19 he led the Golden Rams to a pair of NCAA Division II titles and a record 273-127-1, and he will certainly be a strong contender to replace Sherman.

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