AU Baseball Adds Jarrett To Coaching Staff

Auburn, Ala.--Link Jarrett, who spent the past four seasons as the hitting instructor and recruiting coordinator at East Carolina, has been named the Director of Player Development by Auburn head baseball coach John Pawlowski.

A former Florida State Seminole from 1991-1994 and playing in the Colorado Rockies organization from 1994-1998, Jarrett comes to Auburn with impressive credentials after making coaching stops at Flagler College (2000-02), Florida State (2003) and Mercer (2004-05) before moving on to ECU beginning in 2006.

In his role at Auburn taking over for the departed Matt Heath, Jarrett will coordinate and implement the practice plan for the student-athletes on and off the field while assisting Coach Scott Foxhall with all recruiting efforts. He will also work with the hitters alongside volunteer assistant Jeff Duncan while paying special attention to the catchers defensively.

"Auburn University has a very rich, proud tradition in baseball. I have known John Pawlowski and (Assistant Coach) Scott Foxhall for eight years and they are proven winners and people I respect tremendously," Jarrett said. "(Assistant Coach) Jeff Duncan and (Director of Baseball Operations) Scott Duval were awesome to meet and were so helpful and open in our conversations about Auburn, the baseball program, and the community."

Very familiar with Jarrett because of his time spent at East Carolina and Mercer as well as his playing days at Florida State, Pawlowski said Auburn is getting a quality coach in Jarrett.

"We are very fortunate to have Link Jarrett join the Auburn Tiger baseball family," Pawlowski said. "He represents the integrity and characteristics on and off the field that will help us continue to build a championship program. Our team will benefit from his coaching, and his playing experiences at Florida State and with the Colorado Rockies organization and his trips to the College World Series will be invaluable to us.

"Link has been the recruiting coordinator for the past six years and has left his mark on both the East Carolina and Mercer programs. The type of players and quality of those student-athletes he has recruited, speaks for itself," Pawlowski said. "He brings with him energy, enthusiasm and a very organized and structured approach to coaching. The success he has had as a player and coach will benefit our program as we continue to improve and compete on a national level."

Jarrett and East Carolina advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three seasons, with the team making a Super Regional appearance this past May and finishing the year 46-20 while winning the Conference USA regular season championship and NCAA Greenville Regional Championship. East Carolina was one of the most prolific offenses in the nation this past year, finishing with a NCAA-best 814 hits, was fourth in runs scored (565), sixth in doubles (154), seventh in home runs (108), 12th in slugging percentage (.546) and 15th in batting average (.339) while also leading Conference USA with a .415 on-base percentage, 523 RBI and 1,310 total bases and a .971 fielding percentage.

As the recruiting coordinator, he has signed and coached the last two Conference USA Newcomers of the Year, the 2008 Conference USA Player of the Year, the 2008 Freshman of the Year and 2006 Johnny Bench Award Winner Jake Smith, who was named the nation's top catcher after hitting .344 with 13 home runs and 55 RBI.

"The vision and plan that JP (Pawlowski) and Fox (Foxhall) shared with me was an exciting plan and I wanted to be a part of it. JP expressed to me the style of baseball he preferred to play, and also the type of players that he and Fox have been recruiting to Auburn. This balanced style of play and recruiting plan also excited me, and was a formula I am very comfortable with. The Auburn administration and community were very welcoming and accommodating to my family and me, and I am very excited to help JP, the staff and players fulfill their vision of getting Auburn back into the national spotlight."

Over the course of his four years at East Carolina, the program went 161-87 (.649) with three straight 40-win seasons. In 2008 ECU lead Conference USA in batting average (.317), slugging percentage (.499), on-base percentage (.408), runs (498), hits (702), RBI (464), home runs (89), total bases (1,105) and walks (307). In 2007, the team led the league in home runs (68) and was third in batting average (.291), slugging percentage (.453), on-base percentage (.374) and RBI (364).

Prior to making the move to East Carolina, Jarrett spent two seasons at Mercer as the recruiting coordinator, helping the team double its win total in his first season of 2004 and then topping that in 2005 with the team's first winning season since 1999 as the team led the Atlantic Sun Conference in fielding percentage and more than doubled its home run total (26 to 53) from the previous season.

Jarrett spent the 2003 season at his alma mater, helping Florida State to a 54-13-1 record and a Super Regional Berth as the team won the ACC Regular Season Championship.

Jarrett's coaching career began at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., in 1999. Over the course of three seasons, Flagler established school records in batting average, hits, doubles, fielding percentage, ERA and double plays while going 108-63 (.632) with a 40-win season in 2001 and school-best No. 5 national ranking.

In his playng days, Jarrett was the starting shortstop on three College World Series teams at Florida State (1991, '92 and '94) and was named a NCBWA All-American in both 1993 and 1994. Still the NCAA record holder for career assists with 802, he also holds the FSU record for consecutive games played (235) and at bats (989), leading the team with a .325 batting average as a sophomore in 1992.

Jarrett was a 22nd-round pick of the Colorado Rockies. In 1994 he was voted the Most Spectacular Defensive Player while playing for the Bend (Ore.) Rockies in Single A and then in 1997 he hit .303 for the New Haven Ravens (AA).

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