Scott Kushner joins Centercourt as our Director of Baseball Operations. Scott is also the Head Baseball Coach and Assistant AThletic Director at Centenary University. Scott Kushner enters the 2019 season as the winningest coach in program history.
Over the last decade, Kushner has guided the Cyclones to success on an off the diamond.
On the field, Kushner’s teams have amassed 146 victories as well as numerous individual and team accolades. Under his guidance, the team has earned five postseason berths, including three CSAC tournament appearances and two ECAC tournament appearances.
During Kushner’s tenure, 28 Cyclones have earned All-Conference Awards, including 2016 CSAC Rookie of the Year, Trey Hinkle; 2013 CSAC Player of the Year, Joe Forcellini; and 2015 CSAC Player of the Year, Ryan Caparoni. Caparoni also became Centenary baseball’s first All-American after a remarkable senior season.
In addition to mentoring the Cyclones, Kushner launched an ambitious initiative to build the program’s first true home field. The baseball complex, "Our Diamond of Dreams" will be fully synthetic turf and will give the team a much needed place to practice and play on campus. The $2.8 million project was funded entirely through donations, including grants from the Steve and Sharon Somers Philanthropic Fund, the Reeves Foundation, and Major League Baseball’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund. Construction for the field began in the fall of 2018 with an eagerly anticipated opening day scheduled for the spring of 2019.
Kushner joined the staff at Centenary after a two-year stint at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY where he was the head baseball coach and the Director of Physical Fitness in 2007. While at USMMA, he handled all baseball operations and over his two-year tenure, was able to improve the program’s output in nearly every statistical category. On the fitness side, Kushner oversaw the physical fitness assessments for the entire regiment of Midshipmen, which totaled over 1,000 students.
Prior to his time in Kings Point, Kushner was an assistant/interim head coach at his alma mater, Swarthmore College, from 2003-2006. He also launched the college’s first strength and conditioning program and served as the Strength and Conditioning Director from 2005-06.
Prior to coaching, Kushner was a four-year starting center fielder at Swarthmore from 1999-2002. During his playing career, Kushner served as a two-year captain. He also earned the Hustle Award (1999), was a two-time Dick Hall Award Winner (2001-02), and an All-Centennial Conference selection (2001-02), while finishing his career among the top 10 in numerous statistical categories in the school’s record book.
Kushner holds a Bachelor of Art’s degree in sociology from Swarthmore (2002) and a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (2004).
Kushner and his wife, Tiffany, currently reside in Hackettstown are proud parents of their son, Collin, and daughter, Nyla.