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Garrett QuinnAssistant Coach
College: Maine, '98
Start Date: 08/2009
Garrett Quinn enters his fifth year as an assistant coach, serving as the Flames' pitching coach. Besides his work with the Liberty pitching staff, he also assists with scheduling and recruiting.
Under his guidance, Flames pitchers set school records for team ERA and shutouts in 2012, helping drive Liberty to its second 40-plus win season in the last three years.. Liberty pitchers recorded a 3.04 team ERA, finishing the year ranked 15th nationally. In addition, the Flames led the country with 11 shutouts, setting Big South Conference and school records.
Big South All-Conference first team pitcher John Niggli paced Quinn's staff, leading the conference with 103 2/3 innings pitched, while ranking second with nine wins and fourth with a 2.17 ERA. Niggli finished his Liberty career with a 2.86 ERA, the lowest in Liberty history of pitchers with 100 or more innings pitched. The right-hander was selected in the ninth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft by the Texas Rangers. Another member of the staff, Blake Forslund was taken in the 15th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In 2011, three of Quinn's pitchers, Garrett Baker, Steven Evans and Keegan Linza, not only earned all-conference honors, but were among the Liberty program and conference-record seven players selected in the 2011 draft. Baker was the first Liberty player taken in the 2011 Draft, when the left-hander was selected in the 11th round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He became the highest Liberty pitcher to be taken in the entry draft since Jason Jones was chosen in the fourth round of the 2004 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees.
During the year, Linza tied a Liberty record for wins in a season with an 11-3 record, topping the Big South Conference and ranking sixth in the nation in victories. He also finished second in the Big South with 108 innings pitched and a 2.08 ERA. The two marks rank among the program's single-season leaders.
Meanwhile, Evans completed his four-year career at Liberty by placing his name on several of the school's career lists. The left-hander posted a 26-10 record during his Flames career, finishing second on the program's all-time victory list. He also concluded his Liberty career second on the Liberty's innings pitched and strikeout ledgers.
In 2010, Liberty pitchers recorded a 4.38 ERA, which ranked 34th nationally. The Flames held opponents to a .276 batting average and recorded a 2-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio, playing a key role in Liberty setting a new school record with 43 victories.
The Liberty relief corps enjoyed its strongest season under Quinn, recording 16 saves, the second most in program history. Only the 2000 Flames team had more, posting 18 saves. Liberty led the conference in the category.
Quinn also saw two-time Big South All-Conference pitcher Shawn Teufel become the second pitcher from one of his Liberty mound staffs taken in the MLB Draft, as the left-hander was selected by the Detroit Tigers. Teufel posted career-highs under Quinn in 2010, rewarding a 10-4 mark with a Big South Conference-leading 2.44 ERA and striking out 92 over 103 1/3 innings.
Before joining the Liberty coaching staff in 2009, Quinn spent four years at Stetson, where he was the Hatters' pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
During his time at Stetson, Quinn coached three All-Americans (two preseason and one postseason) and six Atlantic Sun (A-Sun) all-conference performers. In addition, five Stetson pitchers inked professional contracts - Ryan Dixon (St. Louis Cardinals) in 2005, Nathan Nery (Baltimore Orioles) in 2006, Corey Kluber (San Diego Padres) and Chris Ingoglia (Florida Marlins) in 2007, and Nick Pugliese (Anaheim Angels) in 2008.
The Hatters made three consecutive NCAA Regional appearances during Quinn's first three years at the school. Stetson captured back-to-back A-Sun Championships in 2005 and 2006. In 2007, Quinn's mound staff helped Stetson post a 42-21 mark and receive an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament field.
Quinn served as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Young Harris in Georgia in 2004. The Mountain Lions posted a 52-8 overall record and won the GJCAA Conference championship. He also was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for two years at St. Thomas (Fla.) from 2002-03.
From 1998 through 2001, Quinn served as a volunteer assistant coach at Florida. He assisted with the team's pitching staff and with recruiting. The Gators made two NCAA Regional appearances during his time in Gainesville.
Quinn also has coached in various summer wood bat leagues. From 2001-03, he served on the coaching staff of the Cotuit Kettleers of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL), serving as the team's head coach in 2002 and 2003. In 2002, he led the Kettleers to the Western Division Cape Championship.
He has also coached for the Edenton Steamers of the Coastal Plain Collegiate League and the Athens Trojans of the Georgia Peach Connie Mack Baseball League.
A four-year letterwinner for Maine, Quinn earned first team All-America East and America East Conference Pitcher of the Year honors in 1997. When his Black Bears career ended, Quinn held the school records for most appearances in a season (26) and in a career (77). He was also second on the all-time list for career saves with 17.
Quinn graduated from Maine in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He also received a master of education degree from Florida in 2001.
A native of Skowhegan, Maine, Quinn is married to the former Katie Sydes. They have two children, Jackson (8) and Ellie (6), and live in Lynchburg.