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Link Jarrett
Link Jarrett

Position:
Director of Player Development

Experience:
Third Year

Beginning his third year at Auburn and a two-time SEBaseball.com Assistant Coach of the Year, Link Jarrett's has transformed Auburn's offense into one of the more potent lineups in the country. Tabbed the Director of Player of Development in July 2009, Jarrett needed to just one season to transform Auburn's offense into one of the nation's elite as the club set school records for batting average (.348), home runs (131) and slugging percentage (.591), with the latter two both national bests in 2010. Auburn's 816 hits, 584 runs and its 9.1 runs per game also finished among the nation's top 10 and led the SEC, as did the team's on base percentage (.423), RBI (549) and total bases (1,385). As a result of Auburn's success at the plate, SEBaseball.com tabbed him the 2010 SEC Assistant Coach of the Year.

In total, nine Auburn players who have benefitted from working under Jarrett's guidance have had their name called in the MLB Draft, including first-time picks Trent Mummey (2010 4th-round), Ryan Jenkins (2010 17th-round), Dan Gamache (2011 6th-round), Casey McElroy (2011 11th-round) and Tony Caldwell (2011 24th-round), with four of those players earning All-SEC accolades under his tutelage. He also helped Hunter Morris capture SEC Player of the Year and First Team All-America honors in 2010 when he led the SEC in slugging percentatge (.743), RBI (76) and home runs (23), was second in hits (105), third in doubles (18), fourth in batting average (.386) and eighth in on base percentage (.455), collecting at least one hit in 28 out of 30 SEC games.

Jarrett, who spent the previous four seasons as the hitting instructor and recruiting coordinator at East Carolina, played at Florida State from 1991-94 and with the Colorado Rockies organization from 1994-98. He then made coaching stops at Flagler College (2000-02), Florida State (2003) and Mercer (2004-05) before moving on to ECU beginning in 2006.

Jarrett and East Carolina advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of his final three seasons there, with the team making a Super Regional appearance in 2009 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 in 2009, 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 at ECU, he signed and coached the 2008 and 2009 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.

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). In three NCAA Regional appearances combined (2007, `08 and `09), the team posted a .352 batting average and a .431 on base percentage.

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.

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.

At the conclusion of his career, 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).

Jarrett and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, J.T. (13) and Dawson (9).