According to Skipper’s Dugout, Appalachian State University is considering Auburn assistant coach Link Jarrett as possibly its new baseball coach. Link has been an assistant coach with the Tigers the last three years, If he's hired, Jarrett would replace Chris Pollard, who left June 14 to take over the baseball program at Duke. Jarrett, a two-time
Southeastern Conference Assistant Coach of the Year, played collegiately at Florida State before he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball Draft. He’s had coaching jobs at Flagler College, Florida State, Mercer, and East Carolina, and he's been the Director of Player Development at Auburn the last three years.
Jarrett was named Director of Player Development in July 2009, Jarrett needed to just one season to transform Auburn's offense into one of the nation's elite as the club set school records for batting average (.348), home runs (131) and slugging percentage (.591), with the latter two both national bests in 2010. Auburn's 816 hits, 584 runs and its 9.1 runs per game also finished among the nation's top 10 and led the SEC, as did the team's on base percentage (.423), RBI (549) and total bases (1,385). As a result of Auburn's success at the plate, SEBaseball.com tabbed him the 2010 SEC Assistant Coach of the Year.
In total, nine Auburn players who have benefitted from working under Jarrett's guidance have had their name called in the MLB Draft, including first-time picks Trent Mummey (2010 4th-round), Ryan Jenkins (2010 17th-round), Dan Gamache (2011 6th-round), Casey McElroy (2011 11th-round) and Tony Caldwell (2011 24th-round), with four of those players earning All-SEC accolades under his tutelage. He also helped Hunter Morris capture SEC Player of the Year and First Team All-America honors in 2010 when he led the SEC in slugging percentatge (.743), RBI (76) and home runs (23), was second in hits (105), third in doubles (18), fourth in batting average (.386) and eighth in on base percentage (.455), collecting at least one hit in 28 out of 30 SEC games.
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