A new era in Gloucester Catholic High School baseball is officially underway.
Adam Tussey, a former All-South Jersey infielder, was introduced as the Rams’ new coach Tuesday.
A 2005 Gloucester graduate, Tussey replaces Mike Rucci, who resigned in September to take a position as an assistant coach on the Rowan University baseball staff.
“It’s very exciting,” Tussey said. “I’m thrilled and very anxious to get started and seize this opportunity. It’s very, very cool.
“Coaching is always something I aspired to do. I’ve wanted to coach ever since I got done playing and it doesn’t get much better than Gloucester Catholic. The standards, the traditions built in the school, the success are all things I want to continue.”
A 2001 Gloucester Catholic graduate, Rucci went 80-16 overall in three seasons. He directed the Rams to the 2013 Non-Public A state title in his first season.
Gloucester Catholic finished 26-5 last spring, falling to Bishop Eustace in the Non-Public A South semifinals.
“Adam possesses a broad base of experience both as a player and coach and is a perfect fit to serve as the Gloucester Catholic baseball coach,” athletic director Pat Murphy said in a statement. “He grew up in this area and knows South Jersey well. We look forward to Adam continuing our winning tradition here at Gloucester Catholic.”
Tussey, who currently works in sales, grew up right down the street from Joe Barth Field – home of the Rams and the Brooklawn American Legion program.
“Growing up, I watched them even as a young kid,” Tussey said.
Tussey played at Rider before finishing his college career at The College of New Jersey. He was named the 2009 Division III Player of the Year by the Hot Stovers Baseball Club and also played for Brooklawn.
Tussey is familiar with the Rams’ program, serving as an assistant coach in 2009 and 2010. The Rams won the Non-Public A state title in 2010.
He went on to serve as an infield and hitting coach at Gloucester in 2012 and 2013, while also assisting at Rutgers-Camden under former Gloucester Catholic coach Dennis Barth in 2013 and 2014. Tussey has been an instructor at Sportz Central since 2009.
“I’m going to do my best to reach out to Dennis and Mike to get as much information as possible on what was successful and what didn’t work,” Tussey said. “I’m not trying to re-invent the wheel. I just want to continue the winning ways and traditions that have been built.
“I’m going to go in and work hard. You can’t assume we’re going to win. The kids will have to work for it.”
Tussey plans to meet with the team’s returning players and potential newcomers Friday.
Kevin Minnick; (856) 486-2424; email@example.com
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