Aug 13, 2013
CINCINNATI - Head coach Ty Neal and the University of Cincinnati baseball team have announced the addition of Adam Bourassa to the coaching staff. Bourassa, who will take over as assistant coach and hitting coach, joins assistant coach and recruiting coordinator J.D. Heilmann who will officially remain on the Bearcats' staff with Coach Neal.
"I have no doubt that Adam and J.D. will present the passion, energy and knowledge to get this program competing at a higher level" said Neal. "Both were priorities because, like me, they are husband and dad first. I am very pleased Adam, J.D. and their families have joined the Bearcats baseball family."
Bourassa joins the Bearcats from Major League Baseball where he worked in the San Diego Padres organization from 2008 to 2013. He was an area supervisor for the Padres where he evaluated draft-eligible amateur players in the Mid-Atlantic Region. He traveled through territories including North and South Carolina, West Virginia and Kentucky developing and maintaining relationships with the players and evaluating them on a consistent basis.
Prior to his five-year stint with the Padres, Bourassa worked with the Boston Red Sox as a baseball operations intern where he focused on advanced scouting. He performed video analysis of opponents, organized a breakdown of hitters, pitchers and coaches tendencies and produced daily Minor League reports for the team.
Bourassa enjoyed a five-year professional baseball career as on outfielder for three different organizations. The lefty was drafted in the sixth round of the 2003 MLB draft by the Texas Rangers where he spent three years playing in Bakersfield, Calif. (High A), Clinton, Iowa (Low A) and Spokane, Wash. (Short Season A). In 2005 he began a two-year tenure in the Padres system where he played in Mobile, Ala. (AA) and Lake Elsinore, Calif. (High A).
He finished his professional baseball career with the St. Paul Saints of the American Association, being named to the league's All-Star team in 2007. Bourassa batted .291 (310-for-1,065) with 41 doubles, seven triples, three home runs and 112 RBI in 308 Minor League games.
Bourassa played collegiately for two years at Kishwaukee College in Malta, Ill., before finishing out his eligibility at Wake Forest University where he played from 2001-03. He ended his career as a Demon Deacon with several accolades, including Second Team All-America (Baseball Weekly), Third Team All-America (NCBWA), First Team All-ACC, NCAA All-Region Team and ACC All-Tournament nods.
While in college, Bourassa spent two summers playing in the prestigious Cape Cod League with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in 2001 and 2002. He earned the Manny Robelo 10th Player Award in 2001 and was a two-time Cape Cod League All-Star.
"Adam and I go back to his collegiate playing days" said Neal. "He was the starting centerfielder for the Y-D Red Sox in the Cape Cod League when I was an assistant coach under Scott Pickler. I learned a lot about Adam as a person and as a competitor and I admired his approach to the game and his competitive spirit. Adam was always harder on himself than any coach could be. This is a testament of his drive to be the best. Adam played at a high level and with his scouting background, he has seen baseball played at a high level."
"I feel blessed at this opportunity that Coach Neal has given me" said Bourassa. "The facilities are second to none and with the commitment that Whit Babcock and the athletic department have made to the baseball program, I feel like we can do great things at UC and I am excited to get started."
Heilmann was retained on the staff after serving as the Cincinnati pitching coach and recruiting coordinator since 2010. He is regarded as one of the top young pitching coaches in college baseball and is known for his ability to develop and relate to pitchers.
Heilmann played for the Bearcats in 1997 and earned a communications degree while completing his eligibility at the University of Cincinnati following a transfer from Ball State.
"Working side-by-side with J.D. this summer, I have been fortunate to have a guy that is not only a Bearcat, but also provides an unbelievable amount of energy. He is what I call a grinder and is "all in" in making this program better. J.D. has great organizational skills and is an unbelievable communicator with potential UC student athletes."