James F. Penders is the baseball coach of the UConn Huskies baseball team. Penders began his time with the Huskies in 1991, as a player on the varsity team. In his senior year, he was named a co-captain and helped to lead the Huskies to victory in the 1994 Big East Conference Baseball Tournament. Penders was named as an assistant coach of the Huskies in 1997, and became head coach after the 2003 season.

Jim Penders
Current position
TitleHead coach
ConferenceThe American
Biographical details
Bornc. 1972 (age 46–47)
Vernon, Connecticut
Alma materUniversity of Connecticut
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1997–1998UConn (GA)
1999–2003UConn (assistant)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors

Playing yearsEdit

Penders was a co-captain in 1994. The Huskies finished with a 26–19 record and won the Big East Tournament before losing to Georgia Tech and Long Beach State in the NCAA Regionals and being eliminated.[1] Penders finished the season batting .354 with seven home runs and 46 RBIs.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

Penders was hired as a graduate assistant baseball coach before being named a full assistant in 1999. He was promoted to head coach in 2003 after Andy Baylock left the program. Penders won the Big East Coach of the Year honors in 2006, 2010 and 2011, taking the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament in each of those three seasons. In 2011, Penders led the Huskies to their first Super Regional. They were eliminated by South Carolina, two games to none.[3] On March 27, 2012, Penders earned his 300th career victory, all at Connecticut, with a win over in-state rival Hartford.[4] The 8th-seeded Huskies won the 2013 Big East Conference Baseball Tournament in the league's final year before the split.

Head coaching recordEdit

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Connecticut Huskies[5] (Big East Conference) (2004–2013)
2004 Connecticut 26–29–1 9–17 T–9th
2005 Connecticut 34–22 11–12 6th
2006 Connecticut 39–18–1 18–6–1 2nd
2007 Connecticut 34–27 10–14 8th
2008 Connecticut 27–28 11–16 T–9th
2009 Connecticut 36–24 14–13 6th
2010 Connecticut 48–16 20–6 2nd NCAA Regional
2011 Connecticut 45–20–1 22–5 1st NCAA Super Regional
2012 Connecticut 31–27–1 16–11 T–5th
2013 Connecticut 35–28 9–15 8th NCAA Regional
Connecticut Huskies (American Athletic Conference) (2014–present)
2014 Connecticut 27–31 9–14 T–6th (9)
2015 Connecticut 35–25 11–13 6th (8)
2016 Connecticut 38–25 14–9 3rd (8) NCAA Regional
2017 Connecticut 33–25 14–10 T–3rd (8)
2018 Connecticut 37–22–1 14–10 T–3rd (8) NCAA Regional
2019 Connecticut 39–25 12–12 T–4th (9) NCAA Regional
Connecticut: 564–392–5
Total: 564–392–5

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Personal lifeEdit

Penders' father, Jim Penders, Sr., also played baseball at the University of Connecticut and was a member of the Huskies team that played in the 1965 College World Series. Penders, Sr. was the head baseball coach at East Catholic High School from 1969 to 2012 and won four state championships.[2][6][7]

His brother, Rob Penders, played for the Richmond Roosters of the Frontier League in 1996.[8] He is the current head baseball coach at St. Edwards University.[6]

His grandfather, Jim, was the head baseball coach at Stratford High School from 1931 to 1968 and won four state championships.[2]

His uncle, Tom Penders, served as the head basketball coach at Tufts University, Columbia University, Fordham University, the University of Rhode Island, University of Texas at Austin, George Washington University and the University of Houston.[2]

From 1994-1996, Penders lived in Washington, D.C. where he worked as a political fundraiser for Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa.[9]

Penders and his wife, Brooke, reside in Old Wethersfield. They have three children.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "2011 UConn Huskies Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved November 27, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Player Bio: Jim Penders".
  3. ^ "USC Defeats UConn, 8–2 to Earn College World Series Berth". WSPA Online. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
  4. ^ "Penders wins 300th Career Game in 11–6 Decision Over Hartford". uconnhuskies.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  5. ^ 2012 Baseball Online Media Guide. UConnHuskies.com. pp. 58–59. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  6. ^ a b Schlabach, Mark (June 10, 2011). "Coaching in Jim Penders' blood". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  7. ^ Yantz, Tom. "East Catholic Baseball Coach Jim Penders Retires". Hartford Courant. Hartford Courant. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "Rob Penders". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  9. ^ "Jim Penders Bio". www.uconnhuskies.com. Retrieved April 19, 2017.