Stephen Faris is in his first year on the Tiger coaching staff in a full-time capacity in 2014, serving as the volunteer assistant coach. His duties include assisting with the pitching staff and on-campus recruiting. Faris was a starting righthander on three Clemson teams (2004-06) before playing four seasons in the minor leagues.
Faris served as a student assistant coach at Clemson in 2013, assisting Pitching Coach Dan Pepicelli. The pitching staff had a 3.21 ERA, Clemson's best mark since 1996.
As a Tiger, he had a 16-10 record and a 3.24 ERA in 242.0 innings pitched over 55 appearances (33 starts). He had 189 strikeouts against 56 walks, good for a 3.38 strikeout-to-walk ratio, fifth-best in school history. He also had a 2.08 walks-per-nine-innings-pitched mark, third-best in Tiger history.
After pitching limited innings as a freshman in 2004, Faris emerged as a versatile pitcher with a 6-4 record, a team-best 2.60 ERA, and one save while allowing just one home run in 20 appearances (10 starts) to earn Second-Team All-ACC honors. The highlight of his 2005 season came against #4 South Carolina when he pitched a complete game five-hitter to earn the win. He received ACC Pitcher-of-the-Week honors.
As a junior in 2006, Faris had a 9-3 record and a team-best 2.36 ERA in a team-high 103.0 innings pitched over 18 starts on Clemson's College World Series team that finished the season ranked #5 in the nation. He added 86 strikeouts against only 20 walks, good for a 4.30 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
In four seasons in the minor leagues, Faris had a 23-24 record and a 4.24 ERA in 411.2 innings pitched over 99 appearances (69 starts). He reached as high as AAA in 2007 with the Portland (OR) Beavers of the Padres organization.
The 29-year-old Faris, a two-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll during his time as a player, received his degree in sport management with a minor in business administration from Clemson in 2013. He was born June 30, 1984 in Richmond, VA.
The Faris File
Full Name: Stephen Wayne Faris
Born: June 30, 1984 in Richmond, VA
Education: Bachelor's degree in sport management and minor in business administration at Clemson (2013).
Playing Experience: Three-year letterman at Clemson (2004-06) ... played four seasons (2006-09) in the minor leagues with the Padres farm system.