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Healey Was Drafted by the Astros in the 27th Round of the 2010 MLB Draft
Jacke Healey is set to being his second season as the volunteer assistant for the Pitt baseball team working with the offense and infielders.
In his first year with the staff, Healey helped lead the team to one of the best seasons in Pitt baseball history as the Panthers won a school-record 42 games.
The Panther offense was one of the finest in the nation during the 2013 campaign as Pitt finished the year ranked seventh in scoring (7.5), fifth in runs (444), 18th in home runs per game (0.83) and home runs (49), 19th in slugging percentage (.448) and 14th in on-base percentage (.403) among all teams in the Division-I ranks.
While Pitt's power numbers were impressive, the Panthers also showed impressive plate discipline ranking seventh in the nation and first in the Big East with a school-record 292 walks drawn.
Additionally, Pitt led the Big East in nine major offensive categories, batting average (.302), on-base percentage (.403), slugging percentage (.448), hits (625), runs (444), home runs (49), RBI (394), walks (292) and total bases (926).
On the defensive front, the Panthers led the Big East and ranked eighth nationally with 62 double plays turned and Evan Oswald led the Conference with 218 assists.
Healey arrived at Pitt after a highly successful playing career at Youngstown State, which led to him being drafted by the Houston Astros in the 27th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. In two seasons with the Tri-City ValleyCats, he hit eight home runs, three triples and 11 doubles, and helped guide the team to the 2011 league championship.
In two years at Youngstown State, Healey established himself as one of the program's all-time great infielders. He earned first team all-conference recognition at shortstop twice, becoming the first player in program history to accomplish that feat. He currently holds the Penguins' single- season records for home runs (12), RBI (59) and runs scored (63).
Prior to playing at Youngstown State, Healey played two seasons at Potomac State College of West Virginia. He was named a NJCAAA All-American as a sophomore after hitting .456 with 67 hits, 15 doubles and 11 home runs. He was one of nine players in the country to be named a Rawlings Big Stick Award Winner and was also selected as the Region 20 Player of the Year.
In high school, Healey led Lackawanna Trail High School to the state championship game, while earning all-state, all-region and all-conference honors. He returned to Lackawanna as an assistant coach in 2012 and helped guide the team to a district championship.
Healey graduated from Youngstown State in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in general studies/history.
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