Bill Jarman will enter his fourth full season on the East Carolina baseball staff as the pitching coach, a position that he accepted on June 1, 2006.
Jarman, who has mentored seven All-Conference USA selections in Justin Bristow (2008), Chris Heston (2009), T.J. Hose (2007), Shane Mathews (2007) and Brad Mincey (2009) along with all-america freshman pitchers Seth Maness (2008) and Kevin Brandt (2008), has helped the Pirate hurlers rank among the league leaders in almost every pitching category for the last three seasons.
Under Jarman's direction in 2009, the Pirate pitching staff led the league (all games) in strikeouts (513), strikeouts looking (185), innings pitched (581.0) and wins (46), while ranking second in ERA (4.48) and opposing batting average (.268).
For the second consecutive year an ECU hurler was named C-USA Newcomer-of-the-Year after Heston posted a 7-0 record with a 4.17 ERA in 17 appearances. The right-hander, who was selected in the 12th round by the San Francisco Giants in the 2009 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, ranked among the league leaders in ERA, strikeouts (88), opposing batting average (.255), strikeouts looking (33), innings pitched (90.2) and wins on his way to first-team All C-USA honors.
Maness, a two-time first-team All C-USA performer, followed up his all-american freshman season by going 9-3 on the mound with a 4.71 ERA in 18 appearances while fanning 83 batters. The 2009 preseason Pitcher-of-the-Year ranked among the league leaders in strikeouts, strikeouts looking (32), innings pitched (107.0), wins, games started (16) and pickoffs (5). During his rookie season, Maness took home C-USA Freshman-of-the-Year honors after posting a 9-2 record with a 3.27 ERA and 81 strikeouts with just 20 walks in 98.1 innings pitched. He became one of the most decorated Pirates in school history after being named to seven all-america teams, five of those coming on freshman squads.
Also highlighting the staff in '09 were C-USA's only 10-game winner in Mincey and freshman standout Brandt. Mincey, who was used as a starter and reliever, recorded a 10-5 slate in 25 appearances with a team-best 3.16 ERA and fanned 71 batters in 82.2 innings of work. Brandt, a left-hander who was named to a pair of freshman all-america squads, ranked second on the team with a 9-2 record and a 3.64 ERA. He helped the Pirates shutout three opponents including instate rival and top-ranked North Carolina when he fanned a career-high 10 batters scattering five hits over 8.1 innings with one walk in a 4-0 win over the Tar Heels.
The one-two punch of Maness and Bristow along with Hose and four true freshmen helped the 2008 staff rank in the top-two in seven pitching categories: ERA (4.24), opposing batting average (.255), strikeouts looking (166), earned runs allowed (266), innings (565.0), wins (42) and fewest hits allowed (557).
Bristow, a fifth-round selection in 2008 by the Chicago Cubs, took home C-USA Newcomer-of-the-Year honors after recording a 9-2 record with a 3.07 ERA in 16 appearances. He held opposing hitters to a .231 average, fanned a team-best 84 batters in 93.2 innings of work while tossing two complete game shutouts.
In his first year at the helm of the pitching staff, Jarman helped the Pirates rank second in saves (15) in league play and third in strikeouts (432) and opposing batting average (.266). The 2007 squad also ranked among the Conference USA leaders in ERA (4.01), innings pitched (559.1), runners picked off (11) and wins (40).
Mathews, a 2007 first-team and All C-USA Tournament selection, was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the `07 MLB Draft after ranking fifth nationally in saves (15) and leading the league in appearances (39), games finished (37) and games in relief (39).
Hose also flourished under Jarman's tutelage posting a 13-9 record in 35 appearances (31 starts) with 142 strikeouts in 176.0 innings and was selected in the 36th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He earned second-team All C-USA honors, was a two-time C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week and College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll selection, and was named Collegebaseballinsider.com Regional Player-of-the-Week.
Prior to his appointment at ECU, Jarman served as head coach at Lander University for one year where he led the Bearcats to a 31-22 overall record and a No. 25 national ranking in Division II. Among his highlights were wins over No. 1 Georgia College & State University and a pair of victories against No. 7 Armstrong Atlantic and a doubleheader sweep of No. 12 USC Aiken.
Jarman served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Coastal Carolina from 1995-2005. Under his direction, the Chanticleer pitching staff was among the best in the nation, finishing near the top in earned run average, including seventh in 1999 and eighth in 2002. From 1995 to 2005, his staffs averaged over 40 wins a season, including a Big South - record 50 victories in 2005.
During the 2005 season, three of Coastal's pitchers - Ricky Shefka, Byron Binda and Jake Hurry - were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Prior to his arrival at Coastal, Jarman spent six years as an assistant at Western Carolina University where he and former Pirate skipper Keith LeClair were assistant coaches from 1989-91. When LeClair took over the reigns as the Catamounts head coach in 1991, Jarman stayed on as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. In six seasons he helped Western Carolina compile a 226-137 (.659) overall record.
Jarman began his coaching career as the pitching coach at Pembroke State (now known as UNC Pembroke) in 1988, where he received his physical education certificate.
He earned his undergraduate degree in parks and recreation from Wingate University in 1986, and his master's from Western Carolina in 1991.
The 46 year-old Anson County native lives in Winterville, N.C. with his son Dock (10).