WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Jared Holowaty, an assistant coach at the University of Maine for the past four years, is the new head baseball coach at Whitman College.
Holowaty, 30, who shared in an NCAA Division III national championship as a senior captain at Eastern Connecticut State University, fills the Whitman coaching vacancy left by Casey Powell, who resigned recently to take a coaching position at Seattle University.
Holowaty, who also served as the baseball recruiting coordinator at Maine, was selected from a pool of about 160 applicants from around the country, said Whitman Athletics Director Dean Snider.
“We are thrilled to have Jared join our coaching staff,” Snider said. “He is a young man of outstanding character with a drive and passion for the game of baseball. His history of success as a coach, recruiter and player is truly remarkable. The keys to his coaching philosophy are quality and depth of character, work ethic and accountability, and his commitment to excellence extends from the baseball field to the classroom.”
Prior to his time at Maine, Holowaty worked one-year stints as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at The College of New Jersey (2003-04) and Eastern Connecticut State (2002-03).
“It is with great excitement that I accept the head coaching position at Whitman,” Holowaty said. “Whitman is a special place where I can help build a baseball program that serves as a source of pride for the college and alumni. Our foundation will be outstanding student athletes who want to compete, both athletically and academically, at the national level. I look forward to building a program that is competitive at the highest level.”
Holowaty was a two-year captain and four-year starter on the Eastern Connecticut baseball team, which won Little East Conference titles in three of his four seasons. As a 6-foot-2, 190-pound right fielder, he earned All-New England First-Team honors and was a two-time all-conference first-team selection. He still holds school records for career runs-scored and at-bats.
Holowaty, who majored in economics at Eastern Connecticut, earned Scholar-Athlete honors in each of his four undergraduate years and in 2002 was inducted into the Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international honorary society in economics. He studied for one year in the Sport Administration Graduate Program at The College of New Jersey, while working there as an assistant coach.
Jared Holowaty (right)
Holowaty’s recruiting classes at Maine ranked in the top three regionally and top 70 nationally for NCAA Division I. He also served as the hitting instructor and infield coach for the Black Bears, helping the 2009 squad lead the America East Conference in every offensive category. The same team led the conference in fielding percentage and broke the season record for double plays with 72.
Stephen Trimmer, the head coach at Maine, said Holowaty is “known as a tireless recruiter, but what sets him apart from others is his ability to teach the game. Whitman College just added one of the gems in the college baseball coaching profession.”
In taking the Whitman coaching position, Holowaty said, “It is nice to return to the Division III level where I began, but coaching college baseball is the same at any level. You must be able to motivate student athletes and have them buy into the team philosophy.”
Holowaty, the son of Jan and Bill Holowaty, and a graduate of Connecticut’s Windham High School, comes from a baseball family.
His older brother, Jason Holowaty, was a four-year baseball letter-winner at Brown University and currently lives in London, England, where he works for Major League Baseball International as development coordinator for Europe and South Africa.
Their father, Bill, recently completed his 41st season as the head coach at Eastern Connecticut, where his teams have captured 19 conference titles, 18 regional crowns and four Division III national championships. The elder Holowaty, the winningest coach in the history of New England intercollegiate athletics, has produced 37 post-season teams in 41 years. He ranks third in career victories on the Division III all-time coaching list (first among active coaches).
Holowaty also has one sister, Jenn, who played basketball at Eastern Connecticut.
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Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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