|6 Link Jarrett|
Link Jarrett is in his fourth year as East Carolina's hitting instructor, infield coach and recruiting coordinator, a position that he accepted July 27, 2005.
In three years, Jarrett has seen his Pirate hitters rank in the Top 50 nationally in home runs per game (19th/2008; 28th/2007 and 42nd/2006). Off the field, his recruiting efforts have allowed ECU three consecutive Top 50 designations from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
The 2008 Pirates produced one of the most productive offensive seasons in C-USA history (all games) leading the league in nine categories including average (.317), hits (702), RBI (464), runs (498), slugging percentage (.499) and on-base percentage (.408). For the second consecutive season the Pirates ranked first in home runs belting 89 to follow-up on its 2007 league leading 68.
Nationally, the Pirates ranked in the Top 35 in eight offensive categories: walks (ninth), home runs (17th), home runs per game (19th), hits (20th), runs and stolen bases (24th), slugging percentage (32nd) and scoring (35th).
During Jarrett's three-year stint, the Pirates have continuously ranked among the league leaders (all games) in average, runs scored, total bases, slugging percentage, hits, triples, RBI, home runs, and sac flies.
The Pirates have also excelled in the field during Jarrett's tenure ranking 33rd nationally in fielding percentage (.971) and double plays per game (0.98) in 2007. Also that season, ECU committed the fewest errors (22) and claimed a share of second with a .975 fielding percentage in league games, while ranking second in double plays turned (62) and total chances (2,428) in C-USA (all games) and third in fielding percentage and assists (680).
Under Jarrett's direction, he has mentored two All-American catchers (Jake Smith/2006 and Corey Kemp/2008) with both ranking among the league leaders in home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, total bases and average. In 2006, Smith went on to win the Coleman-Company Johnny Bench Award given to the nation's collegiate catcher, while Kemp became the second Pirates to be named Conference USA Player-of-the-Year to go along with his all-america honors.
He has helped 10 Pirates earn All C-USA honors with Smith, Kemp and Harrison Eldridge (twice) being selected to the first-team, while Stephen Batts, Dale Mollenhauer, Ryan Tousley and Adam Witter garnered second-team accolades and Ryan Wood (2006), Kyle Roller (2007) and Dustin Harrington (2008) being named to the All-Freshman squad.
Jarrett came to ECU after spending two seasons with the Bears as the recruiting coordinator, infield and hitting coach.
As the recruiting coordinator, Jarrett brought in the largest recruiting class in Mercer's history during the 2005 season with almost 30 players between scholarships and walk-ons.
In 2005, Mercer increased their winning percentage 16 percent and raised their team batting average 17 points from the 2004 campaign, led the Atlantic Sun Conference in fielding percentage, while ranking third in home runs with 53 (26 in 2004). During his stint as the infield coach he led the 2004 Bears to the top of the Atlantic Sun Conference in double plays, while increasing the teams on base percentage by 33 points and batting average by 17 points from 2003 to 2004.
Prior to Mercer, Jarrett spent time as the infield instructor and first base coach at his alma mater Florida State. The Seminoles captured the regular season Atlantic Coast Conference championship after posting a 47-8-1 record. He worked closely with Arizona Diamondbacks 2004 first round draft pick, shortstop Stephen Drew. He also helped the Seminoles post a .963 fielding percentage. Before returning to Florida State, Jarrett served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Flagler College from 1999-2002. While at Flagler, his teams set seven new school records in just three seasons (team batting average, total hits, doubles, fielding percentage, team ERA, strikeouts and national ranking). In 2001, Flagler (40-17) earned a No. 5 national ranking, the highest in school history after posting their second 40-win season.
Jarrett was the starting shortstop for the Seminoles from 1991-94 before being drafted and signed by the Colorado Rockies in 1994. During his five-year stint in the Rockies organization, Jarrett spent three seasons in New Haven, Conn. where he posted a .303 average and set a personal best 18-game hitting streak in 1997. In 1994, while in the Northwest League, he took home the "Most Spectacular Defensive Player" award for his outstanding play.
He finished his Florida State career with a .279 batting average and holds the FSU career records for consecutive games played (235), at bats (989) and assists (802). Jarrett was a two-time NCBWA All-American as well as an All-ACC selection in 1993 and 1994. While he was at Florida State, Jarrett helped lead the Seminoles to three College World Series appearances (1991, '92 and '94) and became the all-time assist leader in the NCAA with 802 assists in 276 games played.
From 1997-2002, Jarrett spent time as a College Baseball Analyst for the Sunshine Network and Fox Sports Net. His primary duties were to perform color commentary for 40-plus college baseball telecasts that aired on the Sunshine and Fox networks. Jarrett is married to the former Jennifer Skelton. They have two children, 10-year-old Justin (J.T.) and six-year-old daughter Dawson.