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Mike Jeffcoat   |   Head Coach

Alma Mater: West Florida '91

E-mail: mjeffcoat@uwf.edu

Office Phone: 474-2890

Baseball: Mike Jeffcoat

In his first five years as head coach of the West Florida baseball team, Mike Jeffcoat built on the strong foundation laid by his mentor and previous head coach Jim Spooner.  In 2011, his sixth year, Jeffcoat took the program to new levels, winning the school’s first baseball national championship.

Jeffcoat was promoted to head coach on Aug. 8, 2005, becoming the fourth head coach in the program’s 31-year history.  Through the 2013 season, the Argonauts have posted a record of 292-161 (.645 winning percentage) with Jeffcoat at the helm and have five NCAA South Regional appearances in the past seven seasons.

In his second season as head coach in 2007, the Argonauts won the program’s first ever Gulf South Conference championship and earned the school’s first NCAA Tournament berth.  The team also set a new school record with 43 wins, and Jeffcoat was named GSC Coach of the Year.

Three years later in 2010, UWF went 11-3 in conference play and won the GSC East Division regular season championship, the third in school history.  The Argos also advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in four seasons in 2010.

The year 2011 was historic for UWF, as the team accomplished numerous program firsts, including an NCAA Division II national championship.  The Argonauts finished the year 52-9 (.852) and set school records in wins, conference wins (17) and consecutive wins (22).  The team also earned the program’s first No. 1 national ranking, hosted its first NCAA regional, and advanced to its first national tournament.

In 2012 Jeffcoat and the Argos entered the season ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time in program history. He led the team to a 35-19 overall record while going 20-8 at Jim Spooner Field.

In 2013, UWF finished the season ranked No. 5 in the nation, and Jeffcoat reached the NCAA South Regional for the fourth straight season and for the fifth time in program history. In addition, the Argos broke their own GSC fielding percentage record of .9709 (2011) with a .9714 percentage in 2013.

UWF has advanced to the GSC Tournament seven times under Jeffcoat and the NCAA Tournament five times.  The Argonauts have compiled a record of 31-21 in the postseason under Jeffcoat, highlighted by the 2011 Division II national championship.

Jeffcoat’s players have earned numerous individual honors, including six All-Americans and 17 all-region players.  He has also coached 49 All-GSC players, including at least eight all-conference from 2010-12.  Jeffcoat himself has earned numerous awards, including two GSC Coach of the Year honors (2007, 2011) and National Coach of the Year awards in 2011 from both the ABCA and NCBWA.

Not only have Jeffcoat’s players received individual recognition, but they have advanced to play professionally after their college careers.  The Argonauts have had seven total players drafted by major league teams during Jeffcoat’s eight years as head coach, including five players in the 2011 season.

Before taking over as head coach prior to the 2006 season, Jeffcoat was UWF’s pitching coach for five years.  West Florida has become known for its pitching prowess largely thanks to Jeffcoat’s influence over the last 11 years.  In 2003, his pitching staff finished the year with a team ERA of 2.70, leading all NCAA Division II schools in that category.  UWF also had seven pitchers earn spots on the GSC All-Decade Team, announced in the summer of 2010.

In 1995, Jeffcoat made his debut as a head coach at Alabama Southern Community College, where he spent five years and compiled a record of 107-138 (.437).  In just his first year as a head coach, he took the team to a second place finish in the conference and a third place finish at the state tournament.  He coached two first team All-Americans at Alabama Southern, including Mitch Garner, who went on to play at UWF under head coach Jim Spooner.

Jeffcoat was a standout reliever for the Argonauts in 1990-91, totaling nine saves in two seasons.  In 1991 he finished with an ERA of 1.99, which ranks 10th in school history among pitchers with 30 innings pitched or more.  The 1991 team also led the Southern States Conference in ERA.  The Argos set a new school record with 39 wins in 1990 and followed with 40 more in 1991, a mark that would stand until Jeffcoat led the 2007 team to 43 wins and the GSC championship as head coach.

Jeffcoat signed with the St. Louis Cardinals after graduating from UWF, and he pitched for the Cardinals’ rookie league affiliates in the Appalachian League and the Arizona League in 1991.  Before transferring to UWF, Jeffcoat pitched and played third base for two years at Chipola Junior College under head coach Bobby Pierce, now the head coach at Troy University.

Jeffcoat returned to his alma mater in 1993 and served as a graduate assistant coach for two seasons. With his guidance, the Argonauts reached postseason play both years and grabbed UWF’s last Southern States Championship in 1994. After graduating with his master’s degree, he made a one-year stop at Pensacola Junior College as a pitching coach.

Jeffcoat received his bachelor’s degree in Sports Science from UWF in 1991 and his master’s in Sports Science in 1994. Jeffcoat is married to the former Ginger Tidwell and they have three children: Trent (12), Josef (8) and Jordan (5).


Photo by John Corwin

Overall GSC
YearWLPct.WLPct.FinishHead Coach
2006*3425.5761010.5004Mike Jeffcoat
2007*!#4319.694108.5563Mike Jeffcoat
20082032.385513.2786Mike Jeffcoat
2009*3323.589810.4444Mike Jeffcoat
2010"*#3620.643113.7861Mike Jeffcoat
2011"*#$<529.852173.8501Mike Jeffcoat
2012
2013
*#
*#
35
39
19
14
.648
.736
11
18
11
8
.500
.692
6
3
Mike Jeffcoat
Mike Jeffcoat
7 Seasons 292161.64591
67
.576Total
" Gulf South Conference East Division Championship (2)
* Gulf South Conference Tournament Appearance (7)
! Gulf South Conference Championship (1)
# NCAA Regional Tournament Appearance (5)
$ NCAA National Tournament Appearance (1)
< NCAA National Championship (1)


Jeffcoat’s Coaching Honors
2007 - GSC Coach of the Year
2011 - National Coach of the Year (ABCA, NCBWA)
2011 - South Region Coach of the Year (ABCA, NCBWA)
2011 - GSC Coach of the Year

Jeffcoat’s All-American Players (6)
2009 - John Church (NCBWA third team)
2011 - Brandon Brewer (Daktronics second team, NCBWA second team)
2011 - Greg Pron (ABCA second team, Daktronics first team, NCBWA first team)
2011 - Daniel Vargas-Vila (ABCA first team, Daktronics second team, NCBWA second team)
2011 - Shane Waller (ABCA second team, Daktronics third team, NCBWA second team)
2013 - Jake Stephens (Daktronics honorable mention, NCBWA third team)

Jeffcoat’s All-Region Players (17)
2007 - Phil Lawhorn (Daktronics second team)
2007 - Brett McCullough (Daktronics second team)
2009 - Brandon Brewer (ABCA gold glove team)
2009 - John Church (ABCA first team, Daktronics second team, NCBWA first team)
2010 - Kyle Brown (ABCA first team, ABCA gold glove team)
2010 - Kevin Johnson (ABCA first team, Daktronics second team, NCBWA first team)
2011 - Brandon Brewer (ABCA second team, Daktronics first team, NCBWA first team, ABCA gold glove team)
2011 - Jason Postill (ABCA second team, Daktronics second team, NCBWA second team)
2011 - Greg Pron (ABCA first team, Daktronics first team*, NCBWA first team, ABCA gold glove team)
2011 - Daniel Vargas-Vila (ABCA first team*, Daktronics first team, NCBWA first team)
2011 - Shane Waller (ABCA first team, Daktronics first team, NCBWA first team)
2012 - Taye Larry (NCBWA honorable mention)
2012 - Bobby Parker (ABCA second team, Daktronics first team, NCBWA first team)
2013 - Jake Stephens (ABCA first team, Daktronics first team*, NCBWA first team)
2013 - Ben Bridges (Daktronics first team)
2013 - Kaleb Barlow (ABCA second team, Daktronics second team, NCBWA second team)
2013 - Drew Prichard (ABCA second team, Daktronics second team, NCBWA second team)
* Regional Player/Pitcher of the Year

Jeffcoat’s All-GSC Players (49)
2006 - Todd Androsko (first team)
2006 - Peter Antoske (second team)
2006 - Chris Gormley (second team)
2006 - Josh Loosier (first team)
2006 - Kyle Ramsey (second team)
2006 - Bo Williams (first team)
2007 - Peter Antoske (first team)
2007 - Phil Lawhorn (first team)
2007 - Brett McCullough (first team)
2007 - Bo Williams (second team)
2008 - Kyle Andrews (second team)
2009 - Brandon Brewer (second team)
2009 - John Church  (second team)
2009 - Tyler Hastings (second team)
2009 - Kevin Johnson (second team)
2009 - Greg Pron (second team)
2009 - Kyle Ramsey (second team)
2010 - Kyle Brown (first team)
2010 - Zach Cates (second team)
2010 - Tyler Hastings (first team)
2010 - Kevin Johnson (first team)
2010 - Dustin Lawley (first team)
2010 - Zach North (first team)
2010 - Jason Postill (second team)
2010 - Greg Pron (second team)
2010 - Daniel Vargas-Vila (first team)
2011 - Brandon Brewer (first team)
2011 - Tyler Hastings (second team)
2011 - Ben Hawkins (first team)
2011 - Josh Huggins (second team)
2011 - Dustin Lawley (first team)
2011 - Jason Postill (first team)
2011 - Greg Pron (first team)*
2011 - Daniel Vargas-Vila (first team)
2011 - Shane Waller (first team)
2012 - Blake Barber (second team)
2012 - Jordan DeLorenzo (second team)
2012 - Brian Ellington (second team)
2012 - Josh Huggins (first team)
2012 - Taye Larry (first team)
2012 - Bobby Parker (first team)
2012 - Dustin Saulmon (second team)
2012 - Jake Stephens (second team)
2013 - Jake Stephens (first team)**
2013 - Kaleb Barlow (first team)
2013 - Drew Prichard (first team)
2013 - Dustin Saulmon (second team)
2013 - Drew Bryson (second team)
2013 - Kevin Peters (second team)
* GSC East Division Player of the Year
** GSC Pitcher of the Year

Jeffcoat’s Postseason Record
2006: 2-2 in GSC Tournament
2007: 5-0 in GSC Tournament (CHAMPIONS); 2-2 in NCAA South Central Regional
2009: 2-2 in GSC Tournament
2010: 2-2 in GSC Tournament; 0-2 in NCAA South Regional
2011: 2-2 in GSC Tournament; 4-1 in NCAA South Regional (CHAMPIONS); 4-0 in NCAA National Championships (CHAMPIONS)
2012: 2-2 in GSC Tournament; 1-2 in NCAA South Regional
2013: 1-2 in GSC Tournament; 4-2 in NCAA South Regional
Total: 16-12 in GSC Tournament; 11-9 in NCAA Regional; 4-0 in NCAA National Championships; 31-21 overall

Jeffcoat’s Win Milestones
Win #1: 2/1/06 vs. Auburn-Montgomery, 4-3 W
Win #100: 2/7/09 @ Flagler, 11-4 W
Win #200: 4/10/11 vs. West Alabama, 8-3 W

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