FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas head softball coach Mike Larabee has announced the hiring of Kyle Jamieson to his staff. Jamieson spent the previous three seasons as the associate head coach at Syracuse University and will work with the Razorback pitching staff and catchers. John Sisemore has also been added to the staff as a volunteer assistant coach.
"I am extremely excited to have Kyle Jamieson on board as our pitching and catching coach," head coach Mike Larabee said. "Kyle is, without a doubt, one of the top pitching coaches in the nation. He is a great communicator, teacher and has a great track record as a college pitching coach. Kyle understands the importance of being able to master the rise, drop and change-up and how important it is to change planes. Also, one of Kyle’s strengths is his ability to call a great game. He was also an outstanding pitcher in men’s fastpitch and his ability to demonstrate what he teaches gives him instant credibility,"
Regarded as one of the nation’s premiere pitching coaches, Jamieson’s coaching made an immediate impact during his initial season at Syracuse. Inheriting a staff with a 4.88 ERA from the season before, Jamieson guided his pitching staff to a 3.35 ERA during his first year. During his tenure, Jamieson cut Syracuse’s team ERA in half as the staff finished the 2009 season with a 2.42 ERA.
Under Jamieson’s watch, Syracuse pitcher Jenna Caira was named the 2009 Big East Rookie of the Year and a member of the all-conference third team. Caira finished her freshman season with a 16-11 record, 2.33 ERA and 192 strikeouts in 186.1 innings. She also posted 16 complete games, six shutouts, two no-hitters and held opponents to a .216 batting average.
Prior to his stint at Syracuse, Jamieson was an assistant coach at Bowling Green where the Falcons led the Mid-American Athletic Conference (MAC) in team ERA on three occasions. In his first two seasons at BGSU, Jamieson coached the MAC Tournament MVP and MAC Pitcher of the Year. In his final season, the 2006 MAC Pitcher of the Year came from the Bowling Green staff.
Also joining the Razorback softball staff, Sisemore enters the program with various coaching credentials and experiences. A former assistant at Farmington High School, Sisemore has also served as the coach of 12U and 14U traveling teams and as a hitting instructor for several levels of competition.
"Coach Sisemore will be involved with all areas of coaching in our program," Larabee said. "His passion and enthusiasm for the game of softball is tremendous. He is a student of the game and it was evident right from the get-go that he would be a great addition to our staff. His familiarity with the Northwest Arkansas area is also a huge bonus."
Sisemore, a recipient of the Northwest Arkansas Business Entrepreneur Award, is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas where he is working toward a bachelor’s of science degree in kinesiology with a concentration in exercise science.
The Razorback softball team continues its fall season with a Sept. 26 doubleheader against Tulsa at Bogle Park. For more information, log on to ArkanasRazorbacks.com.