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Link Jarrett Leaves Notre Dame to Become Florida State Head Baseball Coach

The Irish will seek a new baseball coach after reaching the College World Series for the first time in 20 seasons.

Link Jarrett Notre Dame Florida State Baseball Head Coach
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Link Jarrett is leaving Notre Dame to become the head baseball coach at his alma mater, Florida State, the Seminoles announced Friday.

Jarrett led the Irish baseball program to an 86-32 record and the 2022 Men’s College World Series. Notre Dame went 1-2 this year in Omaha, the third appearance in school history. Jarrett is a two-time national coach of the year and 2021 ACC coach of the year.

“It has been an absolute privilege to represent Notre Dame which truly is one of the finest academic and athletic institutions in the country,” Link Jarrett said in a statement. “… I’m humbled to become the next Head Coach at Florida State. Having the opportunity to come home and lead this storied program is something I take great pride in. FSU is a special place to our family and I’m excited to be the next leader of Seminole Baseball.”

The Tallahassee, Florida native was a two-time All-American shortstop at Florida State, where he played from 1991-94. He will replace Mike Martin Jr., who was fired earlier this month following a 77-54 in three seasons.

Paul Mainieri to Return?

Notre Dame is pursuing Paul Mainieri to return to the Irish dugout, according to Baseball America. The now 64-year-old coached the Irish from 1995-06 before leaving for LSU, where he coached from 2007-21. He led the Tigers to a national championship in 2009 and five CWS appearances. The Irish made the 2002 CWS and qualified for the tournament nine times under Mainieri.

But Mainieri shot down the Irish’s interest due to his health.

“I had my reasons for retiring — physical … and those reasons are still valid. I don’t feel ready to get back in it yet, and those reasons are still valid,” Mainieri told The Advocate. “I loved my time at Notre Dame, but I love living in Baton Rouge. I needed a break, and I’m happy being an LSU athletics ambassador.”

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