Jason Szafarski enters his second year as an assistant baseball coach in 2019-20. Szafarski previously served as head coach at St. Michael's College during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and saw the Purple Knights break school records for saves (6) and pitching strikeouts (231). Szafarski was an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator at Eckerd College for the two years immediately prior to landing at Saint Michael's. He spent the 2014 season as an assistant coach at Division II power University of Tampa, helping lead the Spartans to a 54-4 record and a No. 1 ranking in the nation. In 2012 and 2013, Szafarski was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at St. Petersburg College, a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I institution in Florida that averaged 21 wins during his two seasons.
Szafarski was also head coach of the Upper Valley Nighthawks of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) in the summers of 2017 and 2018. In 2017, the Nighthawks won the NECBL Northern Division at 29-15 before falling in the divisional championship series. Szafarski headed the Brockton Rox of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) in 2015 and 2016, leading the Rox to a combined 61-51 mark and two post-season berths. In 2015, he was named FCBL Co-Manager of the Year after a 34-22 performance and he was also the head coach of the Montauk Mustangs of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League (HCBL) during summer 2014. Between 2008 and 2013, he worked with USA Baseball as a scout, site supervisor and trials coach in Cary, N.C., assisting in the selection of a 16U National Team that won five straight gold medals. A former college infielder at Post University and SUNY-Oswego, the Arcade, N.Y. native graduated from Oswego State in 2007 with a degree in adolescent education. He completed his master's degree in sports management from Southern New Hampshire University in 2016.