Jorn Returns to Arkansas to Serve as Razorback
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Former Razorback assistant coach Dave Jorn has been named as the new University of Arkansas pitching coach, it was announced by UA head baseball coach Dave Van Horn on Monday.
Jorn served as the Hogs’ pitching coach from 1983-88 under legendary UA skipper Norm DeBriyn. DeBriyn retired in June following 33 years at the helm of the Razorback baseball program.
During Jorn’s time on DeBriyn’s staff, Arkansas posted a record of 268-108 (.713), competed in five NCAA regionals and earned trips to the 1985 and the 1987 College World Series. Six different Razorback pitchers earned All-Southwest Conference honors during that span including Kevin Campbell (’84), Tim Deitz (’85), Bobby Edwards (’87, ’88), Fred Farwell (’85), Steve Parker (’86) and Tim Peters (’87).
“Naturally Dave was my first choice to be the pitching coach,” Van Horn said. “I feel like he is one of the top pitching coaches in the country. I’m extremely excited that he is going to be a part of this staff. Our pitchers will be extremely fortunate to work with him. He is a great teacher and he will develop our guys into successful collegiate pitchers as well as get them ready for a possible career in professional baseball.”
Van Horn and Jorn coached together on the UA staff from 1985-88. Van Horn was a graduate assistant while Jorn was in the midst of his first stint as UA’s pitching coach.
Following his first stint with the Razorbacks, he pursued a career in professional baseball as both a pitching coach and a scout. His most recent assignment was as a scout with the New York Yankees.
“First of all, I enjoyed my first stint at Arkansas,” Jorn said. “I really enjoyed that. It was tremendous. The only reason I left Arkansas when I did is that I had visions of being a major league pitching coach. That was my goal at the time. After years in the minor leagues, I didn’t see that as a reality. I went into scouting because I wanted to be home more.
“I’m excited about coming back to Arkansas. Everything was great before and I’m looking forward to even bigger and better things the second time around.”
Jorn left the Razorback program in January of 1989 to work in player development in the New York Yankees’ minor league system. He was the pitching coach at class-A Prince William, Va., in the Carolina League in 1989 before serving in the same position in the class-A South Atlantic League in Greensboro, N.C., in 1990. He then spent two years (1991-92) as the pitching coach at the Yankees’ class-AA affiliate in Albany, N.Y.
He joined the New York Mets’ organization in 1993 and worked with their class-A South Atlantic League affiliate in Columbia, S.C., in 1993-94. Jorn transferred to Kingsport, Tenn., to serve as pitching coach for the Mets in the class-A rookie league from 1995-96 before returning to Columbia, S.C., for the 1997 season.
In 1998, he was hired by the Arizona Diamondbacks and worked as the pitching coach in Lethbridge, Ontario, Canada, in the organization’s short season class-A league club in the Pioneer League. Jorn spent the next two seasons (1999-2000) with the Diamondbacks’ class-A Midwest League affiliate in South Bend, Ind. He served as the pitching coach in 1999 before being elevated to the role of manager in 2000.
Jorn rejoined the Yankees’ organization in 2001 as a scout covering the Midwest. He was responsible for scouting in the states of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Following the 2001 draft, he managed the Yankees’ class-A short season team playing in the New York-Penn League in Staten Island, N.Y. Since the completion of that season, he has concentrated on scouting responsibilities.
Prior to his initial tenure at Arkansas, he was the pitching coach at Lurleen B. Wallace Junior College.
Jorn and his wife Elizabeth have a daughter Christina and two grandchildren. The Jorns currently reside in Belleville, Ill.
With the addition of Jorn as pitching coach, Van Horn has completed his staff. Matt Deggs was hired as hitting coach last month and former major leaguer Tom Pagnozzi was named as the volunteer assistant coach last week.
“I feel good about our staff,” Van Horn said. “I think we have all areas covered and I’m looking forward to getting started with everyone on board.”
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