In his book Ball Four, author Jim Bouton stated, “You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.” Tim Sinicki, JCHS Class of 1984, would most certainly agree with this quote. After starting his athletic career on the fields of Johnson City, Mr. Sinicki has gone on to make baseball his career.
Tim was a three-sport athlete at JCHS in the early 80’s. He received a varsity letter for basketball and two each for football and baseball. His 1982 and 1983 football teams went on to win the Section four championship, and both teams ended up highly ranked in the state. Tim was also a part of two divisional championship baseball teams in 1983 and 1984. He was an All-STAC performer in football in 1983 and All-STAC in baseball in 1984. And as successful as Tim’s high school career was, his post-high school accomplishments are even more impressive.
After graduating from JCHS in June of 1984, Tim went on to be an All-SUNYAC pitcher in the spring of 1985. The next season he was selected as an All-Region III pitcher as a member of the Broome Community College team. His talents and accomplishments led the Pittsburgh Pirates to select Tim in the 13th round of the 1986 Major League Baseball Draft; however, Tim chose another path to continue his playing career as he transferred to Western Carolina University for two seasons. He led his Western Carolina team in wins during his senior season with nine, and he was a member of the 1988 Southern Conference championship team that played in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.
His passion for baseball led Tim into coaching. He was named the head coach at Binghamton University in 1993, and he is now in the middle of his 18th year at the helm of the Bearcats’ baseball team. He has been named the America East Coach of the Year three times (2005, 2007, 2009), and he led his teams to conference championships in 2000, 2007, 2008, and 2009. Seventeen of Tim’s former players have gone on to play professional baseball.
For all that he accomplished as a player and for what he continues to achieve as a coach, the Johnson City Athletic Hall of Fame is proud to welcome Mr. Tim Sinicki, JCHS Class of 1984.