Kyle Jamieson, previously the head softball coach at Furman University, has been named Associate Head Coach of Clemson Softball, head coach John Rittman announced today. Jamieson joins the program immediately as it prepares for first pitch during the 2019-20 academic year.
The 2017 Southern Conference Coach of the Year, Jamieson led Furman to three-consecutive 30-win campaigns the past three seasons and a share of the 2017 Southern Conference Championship, a first for the Paladins in 22 years. His 2017 squad featured both the SoCon Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year.
“It is with great excitement that we welcome Kyle Jamieson to Clemson University as our Associate Head Softball Coach,” Rittman said. “Kyle is a winner and a man of character and commitment, with a proven record of success in developing student athletes. He is an innovative coach who has a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience. He has an ability to motivate and is the perfect fit in helping us build Clemson Softball.”
Jamieson will primarily work with Clemson’s pitchers, but will also contribute with offense, defense and recruiting.
This past summer, Jamieson joined the USA Softball staff and helped the Americans claim goal at the WBSC Softball World Championship in Surrey, British Columbia. He was a part of the U.S. National Team staff for the World Cup of Softball and also participated in several training camps with the program during 2016.
Jamieson took the reins of the Paladin softball program after serving as assistant coach at Fordham University during the 2011 season where he helped guide the Rams to a 32-26 overall record, 14-6 league mark, second place finish in the Atlantic 10 Conference and an 8-5 victory over eventual national champion Alabama in the regular season finale. Under Jamieson’s guidance, the Rams paced the Atlantic 10 with 54 home runs and ranked second in the league in runs scored (236), doubles (63) and walks (169).
Jamieson’s pitching staff at Fordham posted a 2.35 ERA, ranked second in the Atlantic 10 with 466 strikeouts and issued a league-low 84 walks last season. The Rams placed five players on the All-Atlantic 10 First Team, including pitcher Jen Mineau, who fashioned a league-best 1.62 ERA under Jamieson’s tutelage and earned third team Capital One Academic All-America honors.
Prior to joining the coaching staff at Fordham in the fall of 2011, Jamieson spent two seasons helping to rebuild the University of Arkansas softball program. In his first season in Fayetteville, he helped the Razorbacks lower the team ERA from 4.75 the previous season to 3.67 in 2010.
Jamieson, 41, grew up playing men’s fast pitch softball and helped pitch the Canadian National Team to the 1993 World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand. He was named the Male Gold Card Athlete of the Year by Softball Ontario in 1993, and was named one of Ontario’s Elite Athletes by that organization. The next year, he was inducted into the Goulbourn Township Sports Wall of Fame. Jamieson was also a member of the 2003 Kemptville Thunder Fastpitch squad that claimed the silver medal at the ISC World Championships.
Jamieson earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Brock University in 1997 and a bachelor’s degree in education from Nipissing University in 1998.