Sunday, August 19, 2012

SEC Fan's Guide to Mizzou Baseball: Tim Jamieson

Tim Jamieson enters his 19th season as the head coach of the Tigers in the 2012-2013 season. That makes the Jamieson the senior baseball coach in the SEC in terms of longevity at his current job.  Jamieson is the last remaining coach in Mizzou Athletics who was hired by former MU AD Joe Castiglione (now at Oklahoma) prior to the arrival of current AD Mike Alden.  Jamieson's current contract extends only through 2013.

According to an article in the Columbia Tribune on June 4, 1994, the other finalists for the Mizzou Baseball job included Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher John Fulgham, now the coach at Rollins College in Florida, Maine assistant Michael Coutts, and coach Quincey Noble of University of the Pacific in California.

The second-winningest coach in Mizzou Baseball history, Jamieson will begin the 2012 campaign with a career record of 604-442-2. In 2009, he passed legendary head coach John "Hi" Simmons on that list and trails only Gene McArtor's 733 victories.

Tim Jamieson grew up in Columbia, MO. His father was an assistant coach with the Mizzou Football team under head coach Al Onofrio.

SEC Baseball Fan's Guide
to Mizzou Baseball
Tim Jamieson was a catcher during his playing days. He also played football during his prep days at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, MO.  He was the back-up quarterback to Tim Wolfe, who is now the President of the University of Missouri.

He played his college ball at the University of New Orleans under Head Coach Ron Maestri. His teammates included current LSU coach Paul Mainieri, former Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade, former UNO coach Randy Bush, and former Southern Illinois University coach Dan Callahan, who died in 2010.

Jamieson spent six seasons on the UNO coaching staff before returning to Columbia in 1988, where he was an assistant coach under Gene McArtor for six seasons before becoming head coach following the 1994 season.

So, Jamieson is a member of both the Ron Maestri and John "Hi" Simmons coaching trees.

Jamieson was the head coach of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2011. Among his assistant coaches was Arkansas' Dave Van Horn.

From 1992 to 2997 John Cohen, current Mississippi State head coach, served as assistant coach on Jamieson's staff at Mizzou.

Jamieson is not the Lou Pinella type, always blowing his stack and yelling, although he can certainly lose his cool at times.  He's also not the Tommy Lasorda type, the glad-hander and publicity hog.  He's a fairly private person.

During a game he's generally calm and quiet but intensely focused on the game and on its details.

In his early years at MU, he coached 3rd base, then turned that job over to assistant coach Evan Pratte.  After Pratte shifted over to the role of Operations Director for Baseball, Jamieson soon resumed coaching at third and has continued to do so for the past two seasons.

Jamieson after losing to
Texas A&M in 2011 Big
12 Championship game
There were rumors that his job was on the line after the 2002 season, due to failing to qualify for the Big 12 Tournament or the NCAA Regionals for a few consecutive years.  Jamieson did make it to both post-season tournaments in 2003 and went on to do so for 7 consecutive years.

After a two year absence from the NCAA Regionals, Jamieson took the team back to the post-season in 2012, after winning Mizzou's final Big 12 Tournament.

Four seasons stand out to me as high points in Tim Jamieson's tenure at Mizzou

  1. In 1996, Tim Jamieson's second season, he led the Tigers to a regular season Big 8 Championship in the final year of the Big 8

  2. In 2006, Tim Jamieson led the Tigers to their first ever NCAA Regional win, in Malibu, and went on to the Fullerton Super Regional.

  3. In 2007, Tim Jamieson's Tigers hosted Mizzou's first ever Regional at Taylor Stadium.

  4. In 2012, Tim Jamieson's Tigers, after an up-and-down season, tore through their final Big 12 Tournament with 4 straight wins, run-ruling the hated Kansas Jayhawks in Game 3 and defeating the Sooners in the championship game.
Tom Jamieson argues with an ump
 at the 2007 Columbia Regional
Garrett Broshuis (former Mizzou and SF Giants minor league pitcher: Congrats to Coach J on the well-deserved title! He's as classy and persistent of a manager as you will find! #mizzou

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