James Jurries – Assistant Coach – Baseball Coaches
New Orleans Baseball Head Coach Bruce Peddie added a familiar face in the local baseball scene to his coaching staff by announcing the hiring of James Jurries on November 7, 2012.
“I am very happy to announce the hiring of James Jurries as a new member of our coaching team,” said Peddie. “After an exceptional playing career with Tulane and with the Atlanta Braves, James brings incredible energy and passion to the game.”
“He will lead the offense and take on the third base coaching duties for the program.”
A former star at Tulane, Jurries is joining the UNO program after having recently spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Uptown School.
“I am very excited to join the UNO baseball family,” Jurries said. “Prior to being hired, Coach Peddie and I sat down to discuss the future and direction of UNO baseball.”
“Within minutes of starting our conversation, I could tell this was the right place for me. I could hear the passion in his voice and see the direction he wanted to run the baseball program. I am grateful for the opportunity and ready to work so that we can develop our players not only on the pitch but also in the classroom.
With the addition of juries to the staff, Peddie now has a full complement of coaches for the first time in his tenure as UNO Head Coach
“I would like to thank Dr. Fos and our athletic director, Derek Morel for their vision and their help in completing our staff and helping the program return to Division I of the NCAA,” said Peddie. “This is the first time in four years as a head coach that I have three full-time staff members, which will ensure success on and off the pitch.”
“Justin Garcia is returning for his third year as a pitching coach and recruiting coordinator, Kal Bonura is returning for his second season as a student assistant and first base coach and now James on board makes a great staff.”
The juries primarily worked with outfielder on head coach Rick Jones’ staff in Tulane and as an assistant batting coach. The Freeport, Texas native has also served as the first baseman on game day while playing a key role working with the baseline runners.
Jury coaching efforts paid off as the Green Wave led the US Conference with a .305 batting average in 2012, while also pacing the league in four other categories.
Defensively, the Tulane outfielder under the watchful eye of Jurries posted a .978 defensive percentage while recording 19 assists. A year earlier, the 2011 squad had a .983 defensive percentage with 12 assists.
The group has racked up five All-CUSA honors and six field goals for the All-Louisiana team. Jeremy Schaffer highlighted the recognition by receiving All-America honors from College Sports Madness in 2012, while also earning a nod as a semi-finalist for the prestigious Johnny Bench Award.
Prior to returning to Tulane, Jurries played five seasons with the Atlanta Braves from 2002 to 2006 after being drafted in the sixth round of the Major League Baseball Entry Draft.
The minor league tenure included three-season games at the AAA level.
Jurries was named the Greenville Braves (AA) Player of the Year in 2003 and won that honor again with the Richmond Braves (AAA) in 2005. His career batting average was 0.269, with 69 homers, 101 doubles. and 257 RBIs in 496. Games.
Jurries followed his professional career with a two-year internship as a coach and teacher at Brazoswood High School, his alma mater. Over the two seasons at BHS, the Bucs secured places in the regional semi-finals in 2010 and the regional finals in 2009 while posting a combined record of 62-14. Two members of the team took home all-state honors.
The first player in Tulane history in all sports to win All-American and Academic All-American honors in the same season, Jurries ended his playing career at Tulane by placing in the top ten in 27 categories. , including a tie for the school record. in points scored (284).
Inducted into the Tulane Hall of Fame, Jurries has played 239 career games, made four consecutive trips to the NCAA Regional Championships and a 2001 College World Series appearance.
Jurries received his Bachelor of Science in Management in Finance from Tulane in 2002. He is married to ex-Kim Murrell.
COLLEGIAL BASEBALL PROFILE OF JURRIES
Freshman All-American, including National Freshman of the Year by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and College Baseball Insider… Also won All-Conference USA First Team, C-USA Freshman of the Year while receiving All-America recognition from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Magazine, College Baseball Insider, Baseball Weekly and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association… First player in school history to win first-year honors, starting all 65 games in second goal and leading the team in hits (104), runs scored (90), doubles (22), trebles (4) and total goals (194)… Points scored and total goals were notes from Tulane in only one season.
Led Tulane in runs scored (69) and repeated as an All-CUSA performer… Also hit 0.338 with 20 doubles, 12 homers and 51 RBIs while walking 51 times on top of the squad and helping to a percentage of 0.465 on the basis.
Led Tulane to his first-ever varsity World Series appearance as a junior, playing 50 games and hitting .324 with 10 homers and 53 RBIs, winning All-CUSA honors in a campaign that saw Tulane win both the regular season and the C-USA tournament titles.
Became the first Tulane player since 1985 to post a batting average of 0.400 or better, winning C-USA Player of the Year and First Team honors… Produced 96 hits, while beating 0.400 and contributing 20 homers, 30 stolen goals and 74 RBIs… Made up a 0.750 slugging percentage, 0.493 base percentage and 40 more hits… Won All-American from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Magazine and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association… Also named NCBWA District VII Player of the Year and won All-Louisiana First Team honors.