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ECU baseball, soccer add coaches

Published in Sports on July 28, 2005 2:03 PM

ECU Sports Information

GREENVILLE -- Former Mercer University assistant coach Link Jarrett has been named the new hitting instructor and recruiting coordinator at East Carolina University according to an announcement from head baseball coach Randy Mazey Wednesday.

Jarrett comes to ECU after spending two seasons with the Bears as the recruiting coordinator and infield coach.

As the recruiting coordinator, Jarrett brought in the largest recruiting class in Mercer's history during the 2005 season with almost 30 players between scholarships and walk-ons.

During his stint as the infield coach he led the 2004 Bears to the top of the Atlantic Sun Conference in double plays, while increasing the teams on base percentage by 33 points and batting average by 17 points from 2003 to 2004.

Prior to Mercer, Jarrett spent time as the infield instructor and first base coach at his alma mater Florida State. The Seminoles captured the regular season Atlantic Coast Conference championship after posting a 47-8-1 record.

Before returning to Florida State, Jarrett served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Flagler College from 1999-2002. While at Flagler, his teams set seven new school records in just three seasons (team batting average, total hits, doubles, fielding percentage, team ERA, strikeouts and national ranking).

In 2001, Flagler (40-17) earned a No. 5 national ranking, the highest in school history after posting their second 40-win season.

Jarrett was the starting shortstop for the Seminoles from 1991-94 before being drafted and signed by the Colorado Rockies in 1994. He finished his Florida State career with a .279 batting average and holds the FSU career records for consecutive games played (235), at bats (989) and assists (802). Jarrett was a two-time NCBWA All-American as well as an All-ACC selection in 1993 and 1994. While he was at Florida State, Jarrett helped lead the Seminoles to three College World Series appearances (1991, '92 and '94) and became the all-time assist leader in the NCAA with 802 assists in 276 games played.

Jarrett is married to the former Jennifer Skelton. They have two children, six-year-old Justin (J.T.) and two-year-old daughter Dawson.

Halverson named

interim soccer coach

GREENVILLE -- Chad Halverson has been named interim head men's soccer coach at East Carolina University athletic department officials announced Wednesday. Halverson takes over for Michael Benn, who was named assistant head men's soccer coach at his alma mater Lehigh University.

For the past two seasons, Halverson has served as an assistant coach under Benn at ECU.

Prior to his return to ECU in 2003, Halverson spent two seasons as assistant track & field coach and recruiting coordinator at UCF in Orlando, Fla. While with the Golden Knights, he coached two provisional national qualifiers in the heptathlon, three individual conference champions, one conference championship relay team and two regional qualifiers in the high jump.

Under his guidance, four individual and three relay (4x400, 4x100 and shuttle hurdle) school records were broken and UCF captured a pair of Atlantic Sun Conference Championships.