Jamey Shouppe begins his 21st season as a member of the Florida State coaching staff; his ninth as the associate head coach. The Seminoles' pitching coach and recruiting coordinator, Shouppe has consistently turned out solid staffs and reeled in top-ranked signing classes.
Since taking over the role of recruiting coordinator in 1990, Shouppe has assembled a top 25 signing class each season. That impressive run, which includes 13 top 10 (six top five) classes, has provided Florida State with the stability to remain a perennial national power under head coach Mike Martin. FSU's fall 2010 signing group continued that trend, earning a No. 17 ranking from Collegiate Baseball.
Baseball America ranked FSU's 1992 class No. 1 in the nation. More recently, the Seminoles are still benefitting from Shouppe's 2008 and 2009 classes, which ranked Nos. 2 and 8, respectively, by Collegiate Baseball. Shouppe's eye for talent and the ability to sell Florida State as one of the nation's elite programs, is evidenced by the awards won by his recruits. Seminole players have earned first team All-American honors 24 times and garnered All-America honors 152 times. Four Seminoles - J.D. Drew, Shane Robinson, Tony Thomas, Jr. and Buster Posey - have gone on to win National Player of the Year honors.
Shouppe, a former left-handed pitcher for the Seminoles, took over as the pitching coach in 1992. Under his tutelage, the FSU pitching staff has been among the nation's best. Three times over the past 11 years the Seminoles have ranked among the top 10 for ERA in the final NCAA statistics. The `Noles have also won the Atlantic Coast Conference team ERA title 10 times in the last 19 seasons, which is second all-time to North Carolina's 11. The Tar Heels won their first ACC pitching title nearly 40 years before Florida State joined the league for the 1992 season.
The 2010 Seminoles advanced to the College World Series, aided by a staff which ranked among the top 35 nationally in three categories - ERA (35th, 4.39), Strikeouts Per Nine Innings (31st, 8.2) and Hits Allowed Per Nine Innings (22nd, 8.97). Sophomore Sean Gilmartin registered nine victories, pushing his two-season total to 21, while Mike McGee went 4-1 with a 2.96 ERA and 13 saves, which ranked seventh nationally. McGee's work out the bullpen went a long way in earning him the inaugural John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year award. Both players return to form the backbone of Florida State's 2011 staff.
Gilmartin, who earned a spot on the USA Team this past summer, debuted with a bang in 2009. Assuming the No. 1 starter role just three weeks into the season, he led the team with 12 wins, 83 strikeouts and a 3.49 ERA. He was named first team All-ACC and Freshman Pitcher of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Gilmartin joined Blair Varnes as the second Seminole to be recognized as a national Rookie of the Year under Shouppe's direction. Varnes won the honor from Collegiate Baseball in 1999.
Florida State finished the 2008 season with a pair of pitchers - Matt Fairel (12-2) and Ryan Strauss (10-1) - registering double-digit victories as the Seminoles advanced to the CWS. It marked the second consecutive season - and the 10th time since 1993 - that at least two Seminoles won 10 or more games. In 2007, Bryan Henry, Michael Hyde and Ryan Strauss all amassed 10-wins. Henry led the way with 14 victories and finished the regular season undefeated; good enough to earn ACC Pitcher of the Year honors. FSU boasted three 10-game winners in 2003 when Matt Lynch (13), Trent Peterson (10) and Daniel Davidson (10) pulled off the feat. In all, the Seminoles have had three 10-game winners five times under Shouppe's watch.
Shouppe has also proven that he can develop Major League caliber pitchers as 19 of his pupils have been selected in the MLB Draft over the last seven seasons. John Gast (6th round, L.A. Dodgers) and Geoff Parker (9th round, Colorado Rockies) lengthened that list in June 2010. In all, 58 Florida State pitchers have been drafted since Shouppe took the reins.
A former Seminole pitcher and an eighth round draft choice of the Houston Astros, Shouppe played for Mike Martin in 1981-82. The southpaw compiled a 10-4 record in two seasons with the Seminoles. He made 60 appearances in his two seasons and boasted a 3.78 ERA, fanning 122 batters in 126 innings of work. Shouppe was named to the Metro Conference All-Tournament team as a senior. Prior to suiting up for the `Noles, he earned all-conference, all-state and all-region honors at George Wallace Junior College in Dothan, Ala., splitting time between the mound and the outfield.
Following his collegiate career, Shouppe spent his entire professional playing days with the Astros. He spent three years in the organization, playing at the Single-A and Double-A levels before he was invited to Major League camp in 1984. He retired from baseball in 1985.
A Florida State graduate with a degree in physical education, Shouppe earned a master's degree from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale. He held various coaching and teaching positions in Florida before returning to Florida State in 1990. He taught classes in the FSU physical education department before giving up that responsibility prior to the 2000 season. Shouppe has served as the director of the Mike Martin Baseball School, 6-10 age division, for the past 24 years.
A Chattahooche, Fla. native, Shouppe and his wife, former FSU cheerleader Karen Hall, have three children: Jake (23), Kasey (19) and Jared (17).
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