Link Jarrett enters his first season as the head baseball coach at UNCG. Jarrett, a two-time Assistant Coach of the Year award winner and offensive mastermind, brings 13 years of coaching experience to the program, including stops at Flagler, Mercer, Florida State, East Carolina and Auburn.
Edwards enters his first season as an assistant baseball coach
for UNCG in 2013.
“Jerry’s work ethic and conviction to coaching and recruiting, as well as his 16 years of college coaching experience, will be tremendous assets to our program,” Jarrett said. “He helped build a championship program at Eastern Kentucky as a coach and recruiting coordinator. His network and contacts across the country are extensive. I am thrilled that Jerry and his family are on board at UNCG.”
Senior right hander Matt Fyffe was named the 2012 Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year, finishing the regular season with a 9-0 record and a 1.51 ERA in 65.2 innings pitched. He stifled opposing hitters, holding them to a .209 batting average. Fyffe’s nine wins led the OVC while his 1.51 ERA paced the league and ranked seventh in the nation.
Matt Boykin enters his first season as an assistant baseball
coach for UNCG in 2013.
Boykin spent the last two seasons as the head baseball coach at St. Andrews University after being hired in the summer of 2010. He joined the Knights’ program after spending six years as an assistant coach at Appalachian State University. He was an integral component of the Mountaineer coaching staff, helping in all aspects of the program including serving as recruiting coordinator, primary hitting & infield instructor and third base coach while assisting with strength & conditioning, practices and compliance.
|Title:||Director of Administration and Facilities|
Dustin Ijames begins his fifth year overall at UNCG in 2012 and his second as Director of Administration and Facilities.
Ijames attended nearby Glenn High School in Kernersville, NC, where he was part of four conference championship teams. Ijames was a three-year starter for the Bobcats, collecting all-conference and all-county honors on multiple occasions. Ijames was also a member of the victorious 2001 West squad in the annual North Carolina East-West All-Star baseball game.
Ijames began his collegiate playing career as a shortstop at Methodist College in Fayetteville, NC. After a knee injury sidelined him during his freshman season in 2002, Ijames enjoyed a solid 2003 redshirt freshman campaign for the Monarchs, batting .311 with 27 RBI.
In 2004, Ijames transferred to North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, NC, where he saw time as both an infielder and outfielder. In 2005, Ijames enjoyed his best season as an Aggie, helping North Carolina A&T to a record-setting 27-win season and the school's first MEAC baseball regular-season and tournament championships. North Carolina A&T's MEAC tournament championship also earned the school its first ever NCAA Regional appearance, in Clemson, SC.
Off the field, Ijames was honored as a 2005 COSIDA Academic All-American for his efforts in the classroom. In his final season as an Aggie in 2006, Ijames excelled both on and off the field and was rewarded by being selected as the school's 2006 Male Academic Athlete of the Year.
Ijames graduated from North Carolina A&T in 2006 with a B.S. in business management and earned his master's degree in sports studies in 2008 from High Point University.
Prior to coaching at UNCG, Ijames was an assistant baseball coach at his Glenn and led the Bobcats to the Piedmont Triad 3-A Conference title and a state quarterfinal playoff appearance. Ijames is in his seventh overall year of coaching with experience in: high school, travel, collegiate summer league and college baseball and has coached eight MLB draft picks during his career.
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Joey Holcomb enters his first season as a volunteer assistant
coach for the UNCG baseball program in 2013.
"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with such an amazing coaching staff," Holcomb said. "The UNCG athletic support system of faculty and staff is unbelievable. There is no limitation to what can be accomplished by our student-athletes. I am truly excited to be a part of the UNCG family and I am anxious to see what the future holds for our baseball program."
Holcomb spent the last four seasons as assistant head coach at Huntington College. His on-field duties included working directly with Hawks' outfielders and catchers. Holcomb helped mentor junior catcher Grant Brown to D3baseball.com All-South Region accolades.
In 2012, the Hawks garnered a 30-12 record and captured the Great South Atlantic Conference title after falling in the title game in 2011.
“Joey brings great, valuable qualities to our baseball program,” Jarrett remarked. “He is very organized and detail oriented, and has a true desire to be a Spartan. His experience at Huntington from a coaching and recruiting standpoint speaks for itself, and his personality will help tremendously with our on-campus recruiting efforts. Organizing and running our camps will also be an integral part of his job at UNCG. We are very fortunate to have Joey on our staff.”
Holcomb's previous coaching experience includes one season as an assistant at Clay-Chalkville High School in 2008 and two seasons as a Huntingdon graduate assistant in 2006 and 2007.
In his season at Clay-Chalkville, Holcomb coached two All-State performers and helped the Cougars reach the Class 6A playoffs. In his two seasons as a Huntingdon graduate assistant, the Hawks were 59-26. Huntingdon finished in a tie for the Great South Athletic Conference regular-season title in 2007.
As a player with the Hawks, Holcomb enjoyed a successful career. As a junior, he earned All-Conference as a catcher. He graduated from Huntingdon in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in biology and later earned his master's in secondary education. In addition to his collegiate playing career with the Hawks, he also played two seasons at East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss.
Holcomb is married to the former Brittany Reed.