Link Jarrett returns home to Florida State

Jack Swarbrick saw Notre Dame make its first appearance in the College World Series last week and he will now be tasked with hiring a new baseball head coach.

Link Jarrett will leave Notre Dame for Florida State to lead the Seminoles program following the firing of Mike Martin Jr., who was Jarrett’s former teammate and roommate.

“It has been an absolute privilege to represent Notre Dame, which is truly one of the finest academic and athletic institutions in the country,” Jarrett said in a statement. “I want to thank Father Jenkins, Jack Swarbrick, Jody Sadler and the entire Notre Dame administration for all of their support during my time at Notre Dame. I would like to thank all of our student-athletes for their tireless work ethic and dedication to our baseball program. Their accomplishments on and off the field are something I will cherish for the rest of my life. To the entire Notre Dame family and community, thank you for welcoming and supporting my family, you are truly first class in every way.

“I am honored to become Florida State’s next head coach. Having the opportunity to come home and lead this legendary program is something I am very proud of. FSU is a special place for our family and I am excited to be the next leader of Seminole Baseball. Our goals will be simple – to achieve on the field, in the classroom and to embrace the FSU family and community. I know the expectations of our fans and we expect to compete for the ACC and national championships.

Jarrett, a Tallahassee native, started at shortstop on three College World Series teams at Florida State (1991, 1992 and 1994) and was named All-American Honors by NCBWA his final two years in garnet and l ‘gold. Jarrett also holds two Florida State records for consecutive games played (235) and career batting (989).

“I want our program to be a representation of how I feel about Notre Dame,” Jarrett said at his first press conference in 2019. “I want these guys to compete. I want them to have a chance to win. championships and hopefully take this program to a point where we are at regionals. That’s what I want.”

Jarrett accomplished the unthinkable by transforming the Fighting Irish into one of the best programs in college baseball and taking Notre Dame far beyond the regional singles.

Entering the 2022 College World Series, Notre Dame trailed only Tennessee in winning percentage since 2020 and the Irish held the best winning percentage in the ACC during the same span.

In 2021, Notre Dame won baseball’s first ACC regular season title, which included winning 10 conference series with three sweeps and winning the league by 4.5 games. The ACC’s 25 wins tied a program record for conference games as the Irish won 25 in 1990 as part of the Mid-Western Collegiate Conference.

Notre Dame’s appearance in the 2021 NCAA Tournament was the first post-season trip for the Irish since 2015 and the first time the program has hosted a region since 2002.

Jarrett ends his time at Notre Dame with an 86-32 record overall and 44-21 in the ACC.

The Link Jarrett File
– 2022 NCBWA Coach of the Year Mike Martin
– 2021 D1Baseball Coach of the Year
– 2021 ABCA Midwest Coach of the Year
– 2021 ACC Coach of the Year
– 2021 ACC Regular Season Champion (Notre Dame)
– 2018 Southern Conference Regular Season Championship (UNC-Greensboro)
– 2018 Southern Conference Coach of the Year
– 2017 Southern Conference Tournament Championship (UNC-Greensboro)
– 2016 Southern Conference Coach of the Year
– 2010 SEBaseball.com SEC Assistant Coach of the Year
– 2010 SEC Division West Championship (Auburn)
– 2009 Conference USA Regular Season Championship (East Carolina)
– 2009 SEBaseball.com Conference USA Assistant Coach of the Year (East Carolina)
– 2003 ACC Regular Season Champion (Florida State)

Head Coach Record
2013-19 – UNC-Greensboro: 215-166 (92-79)
2020-2022 – Notre Dame: 86-32 (44-21)

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