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Jason Rathbun

(315) 866-0300 ext. 2220

2015 NJCAA District A Coach of the Year

2015 Diamond ABCA Regional Coach of the Year

2015 NJCAA Region III Coach of the Year

2015 Mountain Valley Conference Co-Coach of the Year

2014 NJCAA District A Coach of the Year

2014 Diamond ABCA Regional Coach of the Year

2013 Mountain Valley Conference Coach of the Year

2010 Mountain Valley Conference Co-Coach of the Year

2010 Diamond ABCA Regional Coach of the Year

2010 NJCAA District A Coach of the Year

2009 NJCAA Region III Coach of the Year

2009 Mountain Valley Conference Coach of the Year

2007 NJCAA District A Coach of the Year

2007 Mountain Valley Conference Coach of the Year

2006 NJCAA District A Coach of the Year

2006 Diamond ABCA Regional Coach of the Year

2005 Mountain Valley Conference Coach of the Year

Head Coach Jason Rathbun has been leading the Generals baseball team since 2005. Rathbun's coaching style of demanding accountability from his players has produced impressive results in the classroom and on the field. Rathbun has produced 386 career victories over 12 seasons, which is an average of over 30 wins per season. His 2006 and 2008 teams achieved Academic All-American status for team GPA over 3.00. Herkimer’s 2006, ‘07, ’10, ‘14 and '15 teams have won the school’s only baseball regional championships earning trips to the NJCAA DIII Junior College World Series. Herkimer has won nine Mountain Valley Conference Championships during his 12 years in the dugout.

Herkimer has developed a reputation as a traditionally strong offensive team, over the last 12 years his teams have hit .349, .362, .390, .307, .363, .381, .306, .344, .324,.352, .416, .339 including finishing first in the country in batting average in 2006, 2010 and 2015. He has recruited some of the area's top athletes as well as players from out of state including California, Florida, South Carolina, Texas, Georgia, Oregon, Ohio and Japan. Herkimer has had 17 All-Americans under Rathbun’s tenure.

2005: In Rathbun's first season as head coach, the baseball program reached new heights of success as the team advanced to the Region III Final Four for the first time since 1990. Herkimer broke the school win record with 21 victories, the first 20-win season in the program's history.

2006: The Generals won their first Region III championship and went on to compete in the Division III NJCAA College World Series. The team also achieved excellence in the classroom receiving Academic All-American honors with a team GPA of 3.02.  Herkimer was the only DIII JUCO in the country to receive this honor.

2007: Herkimer won their second Region III championship and went on to compete in the Division III NJCAA College World Series in Tyler, Texas. Herkimer would go on to finish third in the national tournament, the highest finish for any Region III Division III team at that time. Herkimer broke the wins record for the third straight season achieving 35 wins. 

2008: Herkimer again achieved Academic All-American honors with a team GPA over 3.00 and made a fourth straight trip to the Regional Final Four. 

2009: Herkimer finished the regular season as the #4 ranked team in DIII but came up short of their 3rd Regional Championship falling short in the championship game.

2010: Herkimer claimed their 3rd Regional Championship and had another strong showing in the World Series finishing 3rd in the National Championships for the second time and finished with a 35-14 record.

2011: Needing to replace all nine starters from the previous season, Herkimer qualified for the Regional playoffs for the 7th straight season. After winning game one in the regional playoffs, Herkimer lost game 2 and 3 to Erie who went on to win the regional title.

2012: Herkimer finished the regular season ranked # 3 by the NJCAA and qualified for the Regional playoffs for the 8th straight year. Herkimer again lost in regional play to the Niagara who claimed a regional title and finished 2nd in the country.

2013: Herkimer finished regular season ranked 7th in country and returned for their 7th trip to the Regional Final Four. Herkimer dropped a game in 11 innings in the final four to regional champion Niagara.

2014: Herkimer had another record breaking season as the Generals set a new mark of 41 wins in a season and finished 3rd in the country in their fourth trip to the World Series.

2015: Herkimer broke 2014's record breaking mark of 41 wins, compiling 48 wins in 2015 which included a 33-game win streak and another 3rd place finish at nationals in the program's fifth trip to the DIII World Series. The Generals were also ranked #1 in the country for the first time, a spot they held for over 4 weeks and into the national tournament.

2016: Herkimer finished the regular season ranked #5 in the country and lost in the regional championship game. Herkimer claimed their 9th conference championship.

Rathbun started his playing career for legendary high school coach Ted Schoff (533 career wins) at Little Falls High School. In two years of playing varsity baseball, Rathbun compiled a record of 8-1 with an earned run average of 2.81. After high school, Rathbun served a three-year commitment to the 3rd Infantry Division in the U.S. Army. While stationed in Fort Stewart, Georgia, he competed in an Independent Summer League where he was voted MVP of the League. This allowed him the opportunity to play for NJCAA Hall of Fame Coach Howard Roey at Division I Florida Community College in Jacksonville. After the birth of his son Andrew Joseph, Rathbun returned home to play for Head Coach Henry Testa at HCCC. During his freshman year, he led the team with five wins and a 3.66 ERA, and posted a .429 batting average. During his senior season, Herkimer qualified for the Region III Tournament. Upon graduating from Herkimer, Rathbun accepted a baseball scholarship to Division II Erskine College in South Carolina to play for former University of Alabama and Philadelphia Phillies draft pick, Kevin Nichols, known for his hitting styles, techniques and record-breaking seasons. At Erskine, Rathbun compiled a 7-3 record highlighted by a senior season ERA of 2.64. Erskine broke the school wins record in Rathbun's senior season, earning the victory in the record-breaking 30th win game.

In addition to his coaching duties, Rathbun is the Director of Residence Life at Herkimer and teaches Psychology during the fall. He lives in Herkimer with his wife Melissa and his son AJ. Coach Rathbun is also a part of the American Baseball Coaches Association since 2005 and became a part of the Executive Committee in charge of the constitution in 2014. He has also been secretary, vice president and is the current president for Region III baseball. He was inducted into the Mohawk Valley Baseball Hall of Fame in April of 2014. Rathbun holds an Associate’s Degree from Herkimer, Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management from Erskine College and a Master’s Degree in Sports Psychology from Capella University.

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