Head Coach Kyle Jamieson
Furman University director of athletics Dr. Gary Clark named Kyle Jamieson, a native of Stittsville, Ontario, as head softball coach on June 13, 2012.
In his first year at the helm of the Paladin program that had posted a 35-70 record over the previous two seasons, Jamieson directed Furman to a 27-27 worksheet, including a victory over Southeastern Conference foe South Carolina. Last season, Jamieson led Furman to just its second winning season in a decade and helped Furman to its first back-to-back seasons of .500 or better by going 29-26 with a 12-8 mark in Southern Conference play as the Paladins earned a third place league finish.
Jamieson took the reigns of the Paladin softball program after serving as assistant coach at Fordham University during the 2011 season where he helped guide the Rams to a 32-26 overall record, 14-6 league mark, second place finish in the Atlantic 10 Conference and an 8-5 victory over eventual national champion Alabama in the regular season finale. Under Jamieson’s guidance, the Rams paced the Atlantic 10 with 54 home runs and ranked second in the league in runs scored (236), doubles (63) and walks (169).
“Every college team that Kyle Jamieson has worked with has gotten better,” said Clark, when announcing the hiring of Jamieson. “He has the technical knowledge and communication skills necessary to be a top head coach. We are fortunate to have someone with his skill and experience leading our softball program.”
Jamieson’s pitching staff at Fordham posted a 2.35 ERA, ranked second in the Atlantic 10 with 466 strikeouts and issued a league-low 84 walks last season. The Rams placed five players on the All-Atlantic 10 First Team, including pitcher Jen Mineau, who fashioned a league-best 1.62 ERA under Jamieson’s tutelage and earned third team Capital One Academic All-America honors.
Jamieson began his college coaching career as an assistant at the University of Toledo during the 2000 season. After serving as assistant coach with the Danish Men’s National Team in 2001, he returned to NCAA softball at Bowling Green in 2003, helping the Falcons to the 2004 Mid-American Conference championship while leading the MAC in ERA in each of his three seasons with the program. Along the way, Jamieson coached both the MAC Tournament MVP and MAC Player of the Year.
Hired as associate head coach at Syracuse University prior to the 2007 season, Jamieson made an immediate impact with the Orange by guiding a pitching staff coming off of a 4.88 ERA the previous season to a 3.35 ERA in 2007. During his tenure, Jamieson cut Syracuse’s team ERA in half as the staff finished the 2009 campaign with a 2.42 ERA. Under Jamieson’s watch, Syracuse pitcher Jenna Caira was named 2009 Big East Rookie of the Year and a member of the third team all-conference.
Prior to joining the coaching staff at Fordham in the fall of 2011, Jamieson spent two seasons helping to rebuild the University of Arkansas softball program. In his first season in Fayetteville, he helped the Razorbacks lower the team ERA from 4.75 the previous season to 3.67 in 2010.
Jamieson, 37, grew up playing men’s fast pitch softball and helped pitch the Canadian National Team to the 1993 World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand. He was named the Male Gold Card Athlete of the Year by Softball Ontario in 1993, and also was named one of Ontario’s Elite Athletes by that organization. The next year, he was inducted into the Goulbourn Township Sports Wall of Fame. Jamieson was also a member of the 2003 Kemptville Thunder Fastpitch squad that claimed the silver medal at the ISC World Championships.
Jamieson earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Brock University in 1997 and a bachelor’s degree in education from Nipissing University in 1998.