After 10 years as the pitching coach at Saint Joseph's University, Jim Ertel took over as the Hawks' head coach in 1997. Now in his 18th year with the SJU program, he has a combined total of over 26 years of coaching at the high school level or above. The 53-year old is building on the foundation of Hawk baseball that had been established in recent years with a new emphasis on recruiting. A 1971 graduate of Temple University, Ertel was used as both a starter and a relief pitcher during his varsity career with the Owls. He spent 10 seasons, 1977-86, as the pitching coach at his high school alma mater, Philadelphia's Frankford High. His contributions helped that team to the city's Public League championship in 1981. He then moved on to Saint Joseph's in 1987, overseeing the Hawk pitchers. He helped build solid staffs at SJU, developing pitchers such as Chuck Malloy and Rick Bickhardt, who went on to professional careers. In all, eight of his former Hawk players have gone on to sign pro contracts. In summer baseball, he has taken a group of high school players to Australia on two different occasions. He has also been involved as a coach in Pennsylvania's Keystone Games and American Legion baseball. Ertel currently teaches in the Philadelphia School System at Edison High. A native of Philadelphia, he and his wife Linda are the parents of three sons, the eldest having played baseball at Millersville and the youngest played at East Stroudsburg University. .