Taraska named new coach at Purchase

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Purchase, NY - Purchase College Athletic Director Chris Bisignano has announced the hiring of Adam Taraska as the second-ever head baseball coach in the 11-year history of the Panther baseball program.

Taraska, who has served as the assistant coach for the last two seasons, replaces Bill Guerrero who stepped down from the program to pursue other professional opportunities.

"We are excited about this appointment," Bisignano said.  "Adam is a highly thought of mentor and coach with deep-rooted northeast ties in recruiting.  He understands the philosophy of NCAA Division III athletics and is a proven team builder and winner."

Taraska, the Panthers' former hitting and third base coach will begin his duties immediately.

"I am extremely appreciative and grateful that Chris gave me this opportunity," added Taraska.  "I look forward to continue working in such a positive environment on a campus overflowing with energy and enthusiasm." 

Taraska has more than ten years of coaching experience, six of which are at the collegiate level.  Now heading into his seventh season, he puts on the head coaching cap for the first time.

Taraska came to Purchase in 2012 after a two-year stint at D-I Fairfield University.  Prior to his career with the Stags, Taraska served as an assistant coach for the 2009 season at Fairfield foe, Iona College.  He coached 2010 and 2012 drafted players to the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres during his time with the MAAC conference.  Taraska assisted at Caldwell College in 2008; the same year the Cougars won the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference regular season crown and conference tournament, advancing to the D-II Northeast Regional Tournament.

At the high school level, Taraska spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons as head coach at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT. In addition, he has been a coach for the AAU Team Connecticut Blue Jays for 11 years, in which time he has led many teams to Top 10 regional and national finishes. He has coached at every level from 13U-18U. Most recently, he coached the CT Blue Jays 14U team in 2012.

Prior to coaching, Taraska was a decorated athlete and four-year starter at the University of Bridgeport.  Captain of the Purple Knights in 2003, he earned a BS in Human Services.

Coming off an incredible performance during their 2013 campaign, the Purchase baseball team is excited to begin a new season under the guidance of Taraska.  To say the least, he assisted the team to the most successful season in program history.  They finished with a 23-19 record, competed in the ECAC Metro Championship, and carried a roster of numerous All-Conference winners, one All-American, and two that went pro post-graduation.  Former head coach Bill Guerrero was also named Skyline Conference Baseball Coach of the Year for 2013.

"Coach Guerrero has been nothing but a positive influence on me and my coaching career," added Taraska.  "I'm indebted to him for the opportunity, support, leadership, and trust he has given me over the years. I look forward to the challenge of filling his shoes and hope to make him proud."

With fall ball already in full swing and the spring season quickly approaching, Taraska takes the reins and looks to lead the Panthers to a victorious 2014 season. 

-Stephanie Janasiewicz, Assistant SID