After 22 seasons as Missouri’s baseball coach, Tim Jamieson has stepped down.
Tigers athletic director Mack Rhoades announced Jamieson’s decision Saturday in a statement.
“I would like to express my appreciation for all the players and coaches who I have had the honor of working with during my 28 baseball seasons at the University of Missouri,” Jamieson, who informed the team of his decision Saturday morning, said in a news release. “I am proud of what they have accomplished in the sport of baseball but more importantly how positively they have represented the Mizzou Baseball Program as well as the University of Missouri.”
Jamieson’s team went 698-565-2 during his tenure as Tigers coach, including 15 30-win seasons and nine NCAA regional appearances.
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Missouri, which made seven consecutive regional appearances from 2003-09, had eight All-Americans, 10 Freshman All-Americans and 75 players drafted under Jamieson.
“Coach Jamieson has been an outstanding leader for Mizzou for more than two decades,” Rhoades said. “We are grateful for his devotion to Mizzou, and more importantly, the tremendous impact he’s had on hundreds of young men.”
Ten former Tigers who played for Jamieson have reached the major leagues, including Nationals ace Max Scherzer, Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler, Cubs reliever Aaron Crow and Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson.
The Tigers went 26-30 last season, including a 9-20 record in Southeastern Conference play, after narrowly missing the NCAA tourney in 2015 with a 30-28 record and a breakthrough 15-15 mark in conference.
According to the statement, Mizzou is exploring the possibility of retaining Jamieson, who signed a three-year contract extension through 2018 last June, in an administrative role.
Jamieson’s contract is worth $208,080 annually and he was the school’s longest-tenured head coach. He was a two-time conference coach of the year and led the Tigers to the 1996 Big Eight title and the 2012 Big 12 Tournament title.
“I am also thankful for the opportunity that I have had to lead this program and for all the great people that I have met along the journey,” Jamieson said. “This is a special place and I wish great success as the program moves in to the future.”
Women’s soccer coach Bryan Blitz, who has been with Missouri for 20 seasons, is now the university’s longest-tenured coach.