Notre Dame Baseball announces Shawn Stiffler as new head coach

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Shawn Stiffler has been named the 22nd head coach of the University of Notre Dame’s baseball program.

Stiffler will leave Virginia Commonwealth University to fill the gap left by Link Jarrett, who led the Irish to an 86-32 overall record through three seasons before leaving to coach at his alma mater, Florida State University, on June 24.

Director of Athletics, Jack Swarbrick is excited to welcome Stiffler to the Notre Dame community.

“He’s a perfect fit to lead our nationally-respected program both on and off the field as his approach to coaching and culture mirrors that of our institution,” said Swarbrick.

Stiffler turned Virginia Commonwealth’s program into one of the most consistent in the country during his tenure, leading the team to 34 or more wins in each of the past eight seasons.

The George Mason graduate took the reins of the Rams program in 2013, and captured the Atlantic 10 regular season championships in 2017, 2019 and 2021 while leading the program to three NCAA Championship Tournaments and the programs first-ever NCAA Super Regional in 2015.

Stiffler is already looking forward to starting in his new role and working with student-athletes.

“Notre Dame is the finest in the country. It challenges everyone to become the best version of themselves and I cannot wait to continue recruiting, developing and working with student-athletes with that type of mindset,” said Stiffler.

The Irish coming off of their first College World Series since 2002, finishing with a 41-17 overall record and a record of 16-11 within the ACC.

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