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JOHN RITTMAN- HEAD SOFTBALL COACH
John Rittman, a longtime head coach and member of the USA Softball Women’s National Team coaching staff, has been named the first head coach of Clemson softball. Rittman will lead the program in preparation for its first competitive game in February 2020.
“John Rittman is a proven winner and nationally respected coach, and the right person to lead our new softball program at Clemson,” Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich said. “We have 27 months until first pitch, and John has the vision and experience to build a strong foundation and culture for years to come.”
Rittman comes to Clemson after serving as associate head coach at the University of Kansas for the past two seasons. Rittman joined the Jayhawks after 18 seasons as the head coach at Stanford University and 10 years on the United States National Team coaching staff (2001-08, 2016-present).
Under Rittman, the Cardinal recorded 18-consecutive winning seasons, made 16-straight NCAA appearances, notched 13 40-win seasons and produced at least one All-American in 15 of his last 17 seasons. As head coach, Rittman accumulated a 750-351-3 overall mark, coached a national player of the year, 16 All-Americans, earned five Super Regional appearances, two Women's College World Series appearances and maintained a spot in every regular-season National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Top 25 poll for more than a decade.
“I am thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to build the Clemson softball program,” said Rittman. “I want to thank the Board of Trustees, President Clements and Dan Radakovich for the opportunity. We want to recruit the best student-athletes in the country, and we’ll embrace the Clemson culture and passionate fan base. I can’t wait to get started.”
The past two years, Rittman has served on the staff of USA Softball team which won gold at both the 2016 Women’s Softball World Championship and the 2017 Pan Am Games. He also worked with Team USA from 2001-08, coaching the 2004 Olympic gold medal winners in Athens and the 2008 silver medalists in Beijing. Team USA also won gold medals at the Pan Am Games and the U.S. Cup in 2003.
Prior to being named head coach at Stanford, Rittman spent four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Washington, focusing on hitting and defense. Rittman helped start the program and, within just four seasons, the Huskies had earned a No. 1 national ranking, won the 1996 Pac-10 Championship, made three NCAA Tournament appearances and notched a runner-up finish in their first trip to the Women's College World Series. Washington became the first team since Texas A&M (1983) to advance to the championship game in its first appearance at the WCWS. Before his appointment at Washington, Rittman spent two seasons as an assistant at the University of Minnesota. During his second year, the Golden Gophers won the Big Ten Conference with a 20-4 league record. The team batting average jumped from .235 to .269 and the Gophers set team and individual records in almost every offensive category. The Minnesota squad led the nation in hits and total bases en route to a No. 15 national ranking. Rittman also helped produce two Golden Gopher All-Americans. From 1988-90, Rittman was an assistant coach at the University of Oregon. During his stay, the Ducks played in the 1989 Women's College World Series, set several team and individual offensive records and produced an All-American. Rittman graduated from New Mexico State with a degree in journalism in 1986. He was a three-year letterwinner in baseball as an outfielder at NMSU after transferring from Yavapai Junior College in Prescott, Arizona.
Rittman and his wife, Lorie, a former softball player at the University of Oklahoma, are the parents of Justin, a senior fullback at UCLA, and Jake, a high school senior.
KYLE JAMIESON- ASSOCIATE HEAD SOFTBALL COACH
Kyle Jamieson, previously the head softball coach at Furman University, has been named Associate Head Coach of Clemson Softball, head coach John Rittman announced today. Jamieson joins the program immediately as it prepares for first pitch during the 2019-20 academic year.
The 2017 Southern Conference Coach of the Year, Jamieson led Furman to three-consecutive 30-win campaigns the past three seasons and a share of the 2017 Southern Conference Championship, a first for the Paladins in 22 years. His 2017 squad featured both the SoCon Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year.
“It is with great excitement that we welcome Kyle Jamieson to Clemson University as our Associate Head Softball Coach,” Rittman said. “Kyle is a winner and a man of character and commitment, with a proven record of success in developing student athletes. He is an innovative coach who has a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience. He has an ability to motivate and is the perfect fit in helping us build Clemson Softball.”
Jamieson will primarily work with Clemson’s pitchers, but will also contribute with offense, defense and recruiting.
This past summer, Jamieson joined the USA Softball staff and helped the Americans claim goal at the WBSC Softball World Championship in Surrey, British Columbia. He was a part of the U.S. National Team staff for the World Cup of Softball and also participated in several training camps with the program during 2016.
Jamieson took the reins 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).
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.
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, 41, 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 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.