The winningest active coach in the SEC will be staying put in Columbia, Mo. through 2015, as Missouri signed head coach Tim Jamieson to an extension as the program transitions to life in the SEC.
“I am very proud to be associated with the University of Missouri and of what the baseball program has been able to accomplish on the field, in the classroom, and in the community,” Jamieson said in a release issued by the school. “I look forward to continuing my coaching career at a place that cares deeply about winning the right way.”Jamieson has been at the helm of Missouri Tigers baseball, a program that has produced MLB stars Ian Kinsler, Aaron Crow and Max Scherzer, for 18 years. As he enters his 19th season as skipper at Mizzou, the extension will provide more stability for a program that is about to start adjusting to life in the SEC.
“We’re so pleased with the job Coach Jamieson is doing with our program,” said Mizzou Athletics Director Mike Alden in the same school-issued release. “Coming off of the Big 12 Championship, we are looking forward to the challenges ahead in the SEC.”
With a career record of 604-442-2, Jamieson trails only the program’s all-time wins leader, Gene McArtor, by 129 victories. He is also the only coach in the SEC with 600 or more wins at his current school, a recognition that included South Carolina’s Ray Tanner before Tanner was named Director of Athletics at South Carolina.
The new deal also comes just months after the Tigers won the Big 12 championship, their first Big 12 title under Jamieson.
Historically, Jamieson has been arguably the most successful manager in the history of Missouri Tigers baseball, guiding the team to nine regional appearances since taking over in 1994, including eight since 2003. The program also reached a high point in 2008 when they reached No. 2 in the national rankings and hosted a NCAA regional.
Last year, Jamieson’s squad made their first regional appearance since 2009, winning one game in the Tucson, Az. regional that was won by eventual national champion Arizona.
The Tigers will look to continue that success under Coach Jamieson even as they switch conferences this season.