COLUMBIA — USA Baseball announced Thursday that MU's head baseball coach, Tim Jamieson, will manage the 2011 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
This will be Jamieson's second time on the four-person coaching staff, following his 2005 debut as assistant coach for the team. Their record was 16-4 his first year.
"I think he'll bring an aura of calm and confidence to the team," said Evan Pratte, the director of baseball operations for MU. "He's been through it before and knows the ins and outs of Team USA. He'll run the team well. He'll do the same thing he does here."
The Collegiate National Team, which is a part of USA Baseball, is comprised of the best collegiate baseball players from across the country. Each summer, the team travels around the globe to compete against countries including Japan, Taiwan and the Netherlands. The selection process will start in December and Jamieson will be integral in choosing the 22-man roster.
"Tim was with us in 2005 and he immediately went into our pool of coaches we'd love to have in a managerial position," said Eric Campbell, the General Manager of National Teams for USA Baseball. "You know at the end of a season if a coach fits with USA Baseball and believes in us. He loves USA Baseball as much as anybody I've ever had."
Jamieson, a native of Columbia who attended University of New Orleans, has been on the coaching staff at MU for 17 years. He has a career record of 544 victories and 382 losses. He has the second-most wins in school history.
Campbell also cites Jamieson's experience understanding how to compete against the best players in Japan, who will be a formidable opponent for the Collegiate National Team this summer.
Jamieson was effectual in finding other coaches to fit into the coaching staff.
"Through his help he reached out to Rob Walton of Oral Roberts University, who he coached with in 2005 and he agreed to be our pitching coach," Campbell said.
His influence also brought Dave Van Horn of Arkansas and Scott Stricklin of Kent State on as assistant coaches.
"These people will help what we think of as the best players at the college level get another perspective and help them obtain a lifetime baseball experience," Campbell said. "Are we going to teach someone to hit a two-out double or a new pitch? No. But our coaching staff will help the players understand the game better."