Link Jarrett set to be officially announced as FSU’s 10th baseball head coach in school history

Florida State is set to formally announce the hiring of Notre Dame head coach Link Jarrett as their 10th head baseball coach in FSU history on Friday morning. Jarrett led the Irish to a 41-17 mark this past season. His team was eliminated in the College World Series on Tuesday. It marked just the third time in program history that the Irish made it to the College World Series and the first time in 20 years.

Jarrett is set to address his Notre Dame club on Friday morning at 8:30 am ET. A formal announcement from FSU of his hire is expected soon after that meeting. Jarrett is expected to be formally introduced at a press conference on Monday morning.

Jarrett, who is 50 years old, is from Tallahassee, Fla. He played for Florida State from 1991 to 1994. He was a four-year starter and an All-American shortstop for the Seminoles during his time in Tallahassee. During his time with FSU, the Seminoles appeared in three College World Series.

Following his playing career with the Seminoles, he was drafted in the 22nd round of the 1994 Major League Baseball Draft by the Colorado Rockies. He spent five years with that organization.

After his professional playing career concluded, he immediately got into coaching.

His coaching career began at Flagler in 1999, where he was an assistant for three seasons.

He returned to FSU in 2003 and spent a year as an assistant coach. During that season, FSU achieved 53 wins, an ACC regular season championship, and a super regional berth.

He continued his ascension in the coaching ranks after leaving FSU for Mercer, where he spent two seasons. He took on the role of recruiting coordinator in his time with the Bears. In 2005, he helped the Bears earn their first winning season since 1999.

He parlayed his success at Mercer into a similar role at East Carolina. He spent four seasons with the Pirates. At that time, they made three appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The Pirates also earned a Conference USA Regular Season Championship and made it to the Super Regionals in 2009, when he earned CUSA Assistant Coach of the Year honors by SEBaseball.com. Over his four seasons with the Pirates, they averaged 40 wins per season.

His next stop as an assistant was at Auburn, where he moved to starting with the 2010 season. He spent three seasons with the Tigers. As has been the case at every stop along the way in his coaching career, improvement came to the team he had a role in coaching. The Tigers won the SEC West Regular Season Championship and hosted a regional that season. His time at Auburn also saw immense success both at the plate and in the field, and helped lead to a plethora of MLB Draft selections.

His success at Auburn and prior jobs led to him finally achieving a head coaching position on July 26, 2012 when he was hired by UNC Greensboro. It took a bit of time at UNCG for the success to come, but the 2016 season was the most successful for the program since 1997. A year later, they earned their first conference championship since 1998 and made their first postseason appearance since 1997.

On July 12, 2019, Notre Dame opted to hire him as their new head coach. His first season was derailed by COVID. He led the Irish to the Super Regionals in his second season and to Omaha in his third season.

Jarrett replaces Mike Martin Jr., who was fired after three seasons as FSU’s head coach. Martin Jr., who was hired on June 21, 2019, went 77-54 in his three seasons as FSU’s head coach.

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