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Link Jarrett hired by Seminoles as new baseball coach

Former FSU shortstop led Notre Dame to first College World Series in 20 years
Notre Dame baseball coach Link Jarrett after Fighting Irish defeated Tennessee Volunteers in super regional, June 12, 2022
Posted at 3:26 PM, Jun 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-24 15:26:12-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Link Jarrett is coming home.

Florida State announced Friday that the Notre Dame baseball coach has been hired to replace Mike Martin Jr., who was fired earlier this month after three seasons.

Jarrett led the Fighting Irish to their first College World Series appearance in 20 years, defeating No. 1 overall seed Tennessee to punch their ticket to Omaha, Nebraska.

"I think that Link is the finest coach in the game today, and that opinion is held by many in college baseball," FSU athletic director Michael Alford said. "We could not be more pleased that he will be leading our program. He has been a proven winner at each of his coaching stops."

A 1994 graduate of Florida State, Jarrett was a starting shortstop for the Seminoles under longtime head coach Mike Martin, who retired as the all-time wins leader after the 2019 season.

Jarrett was a candidate for the job that ultimately went to Martin Jr., his former teammate and roommate.

"I'm humbled to become the next head coach at Florida State," Jarrett said. "Having the opportunity to come home and lead this storied program is something I take great pride in. FSU is a special place to our family and I'm excited to be the next leader of Seminole baseball."

Notre Dame Fighting Irish baseball coach Link Jarrett in 2021
Notre Dame baseball coach Link Jarrett looks into the stands at Dudy Noble Field prior to a super regional game against Mississippi State, Monday, June 14, 2021, in Starkville, Miss.

Under Jarrett, Notre Dame went 86-32, including a 41-17 mark this season. The Irish's 44-21 record in Atlantic Coast Conference play during that span was the best in the league.

Before coaching at Notre Dame, Jarrett spent seven seasons at UNC Greensboro, leading the Spartans to a 215-166 record and the Southern Conference title in 2017.

"I know the expectations from our fans, and we expect to compete for ACC and national championships," Jarrett said.

The 50-year-old coach and his wife, a former cheerleader at Florida State, grew up in Tallahassee.

"He's a Seminole through and through and there is no question that he will dedicate himself to the success of our student-athletes and his team," Alford said. "I know he is excited to be returning home and we are just as excited to welcome him and his family."

Jarrett will be introduced at a Monday morning news conference.