By Jason Kahn
July 17, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - Jamey Shouppe hasn't wasted one minute as FAMU's new head baseball coach. He had two recruits visit on Wednesday and he expects at least four more to join him on campus during the rest of the week.
Shouppe was officially introduced as FAMU's head baseball coach on Wednesday at the Al Lawson Center. He will become FAMU's fourth coach in four years, but only the second permanent coach.
"These press conferences are great and they make you feel good but, that's not gonna keep you in a job," he said. "It's rolling up your sleeves and finding the players and coaching the players the right way."
FAMU Interim Athletic Director Michael Smith chose Shouppe over former FAMU interim head coach Brett Richardson and Santa Fe assistant coach Bruce Larkins.
"In terms of his vision, his leadership, his discipline, his teachability of the game, he just separated himself," Smith said.
Shouppe spent 21 seasons as Florida State's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. He left the program in 2011.
The past two seasons he coached high school baseball in Coffee County in Georgia.
Shouppe, an FSU alum, said he missed the college atmosphere and the opportunity to build a program through recruiting and bringing in talent is going to be his top priority.
"We gotta bring in guys good enough to compete in the MEAC conference to begin with," he said. "And if we do that, you win the MEAC and you go to the postseason. Anything can happen in postseason. We've got such a talent-rich state to recruit from. As I stated, we're gonna do our best to recruit the junior college talent as much as possible."
"He said he's going to bring in new recruits, better facility, coaching, discipline," said Bennie Robinson, a FAMU senior infielder. "I mean he said he's got the recipe. He's a great guy, he recruits good players I've heard, he's got a good track record and I think we're gonna be all right."
Outside of recruiting, Shouppe hopes to improve the facilities. He wants to take the Rattlers to a place they haven't been before, pointing out small programs like Pepperdine and Fresno State as examples. The one question he asked the room at the end of Wednesday's press conference was 'Why not FAMU?'