Eric Duncan will enter his fourth season on Rob Sheppard's staff in February 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' hitters, Duncan'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'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'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.
Last summer, Duncan served as the hitting coach for the Staten Island Yankees, the single A short season affiliate of the New York Yankees. He helped guide them to a berth in the New York-Penn League championship series.
The Southern California native currently resides in Florham Park, N.J.