Lincoln’s Prachniak becomes Delaware’s head baseball coach, recruiting coordinator

Lincoln’s Prachniak becomes Delaware’s head baseball coach, recruiting coordinator

NEWARK, Del. – Jad Prachniak, who was a former standout player and team captain for the Lincoln High and the University of Rhode Island baseball teams, was named the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator of the University of Delaware baseball program on Monday.

A 2000 graduate of LHS, Prachniak had spent nine seasons as the head coach of West Chester University, a Division II team in West Chester, Penn., and during his tenure, he posted a record of 273-127-1 and became the youngest head coach to win two national championships when the Rams captured the D-II crown in 2012 and 2017.

“I’m excited to join a program that has such a strong tradition,” Prachniak said in a press release. “The University of Delaware has a lot to offer and a bright future which makes it an attractive place to be. I’m grateful for the opportunity provided to me by Coach (Jim) Sherman and the University of Delaware athletic department, and I am looking forward to the future of Blue Hen baseball.”

Prachniak is joined on the athletic department by his wife, Kelly, who is the school’s assistant athletic director for Annual Giving & Special Projects.