J.D. McCurdy is entering his 14th season at the helm of the EMU softball program in 2017.
He led Eastern Mennonite to a historic season in 2016, breaking the program record for wins in a season as well as five team offensive records (hits, runs, RBIs, doubles and at-bats). The Royals finished with a record of 31-14 and finished as the ODAC runner-up, losing to nationally ranked Virginia Wesleyan in extra innings in the championship game. Six women were named All-ODAC and J.D. was named ODAC Coach of the Year for the third time.
J.D. has completed a historic turn-around of the program since his arrival, pushing the Royals from their first winning season in 13 years in just his second season, to winning the ODAC Tournament in 2010. J.D. has been named ODAC Coach of the Year three times and steered the Eastern Mennonite women to their first NCAA Tournament ever.
J.D. is the program's winningest coach, and has a career mark of 286-208-1 through 13 seasons. The Royals have eight seasons with 20 or more wins in his time, including a 31-14 finish in 2016, the best record in program history.
In the season before he arrived, the Royals went 5-20. In his first year in 2004, J.D. guided EMU to an 11-22 record and followed that in 2005 with a 17-14 mark. It was the team's first winning record since 1992. In 2006, the Royals improved further, breaking 18 program records, and picking up the team's first ODAC Tournament win since 1992. J.D. was also named the 2007 ODAC Co-Coach of the Year. After making an improbable run as the seventh seed to the 2009 ODAC Championship game, Eastern Mennonite became the first ever No. 8 seed to win an ODAC title, sweeping to the crown in 2010. He again earned Coach of the Year honors.
J.D. played collegiate baseball at Bridgewater College as both a pitcher and first baseman. He also played two years in the Valley Baseball League and 13 years in the Rockingham County Baseball League, and was inducted into the RCBL Hall of Fame in 2015. He graduated from BC with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education.
J.D. began coaching softball at Turner Ashby High School as the assistant varsity coach and head junior varsity coach in 1998-99, guiding the Knights to a 36-3 JV record. He took over the varsity head coaching position in 2000 and began a run of four consecutive Valley District Titles. He won Valley District Coach of the Year all four years, accumulated a 90-6-1 overall record, and took his 2000 squad to the state championship game. In the fall of 2010, J.D. was also inducted in the Turner Ashby High School Hall of Fame.
He enjoys watching student-athletes develop and grow. J.D. tells his players to "Practice with the same intensity that you play with on game day."
He recently retired as the long-time owner of J.D. McCurdy Insurance Agency, Inc. in Bridgewater. He lives in Bridgewater with wife Diane and has three daughters: Arin, Jody, and Brittany.