Eric Duncan enters his third year on Rob Sheppard[apos]s staff as its Volunteer Assistant Coach after joining the team in August, 2012, after wrapping up a 10-year professional baseball career.
Working closely with the Pirates[apos] hitters, Duncan[apos]s Pirates led the BIG EAST Conference with a .297 team batting average in 2014. One of the keys to the Seton Hall offense was shortstop D.J. Ruhlman, whose maturation made him a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award as the nation[apos]s top breakout player. After batting just .087 in 2013, Ruhlman blossomed into a .351 hitter and was named BIG EAST Co-Player of the Year in 2014. Duncan also mentored Sal Annunziata, Kyle Grimm, Dillon Hamlin and Derek Jenkins who were also All-BIG EAST selections.
Duncan[apos]s influence aided a dramatic improvement of the Seton Hall offense in 2013. As a team, SHU registered a .301 batting average for the season, second-highest in the BIG EAST Conference and the highest for a Seton Hall team since 2000. Duncan worked closely with senior Giuseppe Papaccio, who finished third in the BIG EAST with a .365 batting average and was named the only unanimous First Team All-BIG EAST selection. He also mentored Zack Granite, who ranked second in the conference in runs scored and stolen bases and was also named to the All-BIG EAST First Team. Both standouts were selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
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, in 2001 and 2003, also winning a pair of county titles (2001, 2003) and three conference championships (2000, 2001, 2003).
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.