SEATTLE - Washington Head Baseball Coach Lindsay Meggs announced today that pitching coach and recruiting coordinator Jason Kelly has been promoted to the position of Associate Head Coach beginning immediately.
"Coach Kelly will continue to work with our pitchers and coordinate our recruiting," said Meggs. "At the same time, I recognize that he is one of the brightest young coaching minds in our game with the people skills to go along with it. With that in mind, I am expanding his role and promoting him to Associate Head Coach."
Kelly is in his second year at Washington. He joined Meggs in August 2012 and since his arrival has helped make Washington's pitching staff one of the best in the nation.
Kelly made an immediate impact in his first year, helping mold the Huskies' pitching staff that boasted a 3.88 ERA. One of the pitchers under his wings -- Austin Voth -- ended up third in the conference with 98 strikeouts and was drafted in the fifth round by the Nationals.
This season, Washington's pitching staff has a 3.15 ERA in 360.0 innings and has held opponents to a .250 average. The Huskies rank second in the conference with only 109 walks allowed.
Kelly has been instrumental in helping make Golden Spikes candidate Tyler Davis, who is 9-1 with a 1.52 ERA, one of the top pitchers in the nation and helped develop Jeff Brigham (5-2, 2.49) into one of the top Major League prospects in the Pac-12 Conference.
His influence extends beyond the starters too. The Huskies bullpen has a 13-2 record and 2.51 ERA in 143.2 innings of work. Washington is tied for the conference lead with 14 saves.
Overall, Washington is 29-10-1, 16-5 in the Pac-12. They are .16 percentage points behind Oregon State for first-place in the Conference.
The Huskies checked in at seventh in three of the major polls this week: Baseball America, Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball. They are 13th in the USA Today/Coaches Poll.