Entering his second season as the pitching coach for the Tennessee Volunteer baseball program is former Major League pitcher and Western Carolina standout Jason Beverlin.
"I am very excited to have Jason, Heather and his family as part of the UT baseball family," Raleigh said. "I have known Jason for 18 years. During those years I have either coached him, coached alongside him or I watched him make his trek to the Major Leagues. I am extremely comfortable with his vision and his philosophy.
In his first season at Tennessee, Beverlin began the process of revamping the UT pitching staff, dropping the team ERA 28 points to 5.88 from 6.16 in 2009. He played a key role in developing Stephen McCray into the team ace and a 16th-round draft pick by the Chicago White Sox. Junior Bryan Morgado was also picked by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth round, while seniors Steve Crnkovich and Aaron Tullo both signed free agent contracts following the completion of their collegiate careers.
Beverlin began his coaching career as a member of the staff at Georgia Southern the last two seasons. Georgia Southern won the Southern Conference in 2009 thanks to significant improvement in the Eagles' pitching staff. From 2008 to 2009, GSU lowered its team ERA from 7.04 to 5.11. Georgia Southern also collected 469 strikeouts, nearly 60 more than in 2008. The staff also lowered its opponents' batting average from .319 to .295.
Beverlin, a former All-America pitcher at Western Carolina University, was drafted in 1994 by the Oakland Athletics and played professionally until 2007.
After one year in the Oakland organization, Beverlin was traded to the New York Yankees. He worked his way up from Class A to AAA during his six years in the Yankees organization. Beverlin joined the Anaheim Angels and played in their organization in 2001.
The following year he was a member of the Cleveland Indians, where he made his debut in the majors. That same year he moved to his hometown Detroit Tigers and also got the call to the big leagues. Beverlin made seven career appearances with the Indians and Tigers during the 2002 season. He made four relief appearances for the Indians and started three games for the Tigers.
Beverlin was a three-year letterwinner at Western Carolina and was a key player in the Catamounts' dominance of the Southern Conference during the early 1990s. Western posted a 51-14 conference record from 1992-94, winning two regular-season championships, posting one regular-season runner-up finish and two conference tournament titles.
Beverlin concluded his three-year career by winning the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year award in 1994. During his three-year career at Western, Beverlin compiled a 27-9 record and 3.79 ERA in 285 innings.
He was 12-2 with a 3.93 ERA his sophomore year and 11-4 with a 2.39 ERA during his All-America junior season in which he received the SoCon's top pitching honor.
Beverlin was well respected around the league, having twice earned a spot on the Southern Conference first team. In 1994 he earned second-team All-America accolades from Baseball America, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and the American Baseball Coaches Association.
The Royal Oak, Mich., native still ranks among the Catamounts' all-time record holders. Beverlin is tied for first (12) and third (11) for wins in a season, ranks fifth in winning percentage (.857), is tied for sixth in games started (16), and ranks second (124.1) and eighth (105.1) in innings pitched along with a first (154) and fifth (106) place standing in season strikeouts. Among the career leaders, Beverlin currently ranks fourth in career wins (27), second in winning percentage (.750), 16th in ERA (3.79), 10th in starts (40), seventh in innings (285.0) and second in strikeouts (306).
Beverlin still has his name listed in the Southern Conference single-season record book, as he is tied for second and 13th in wins (12 and 11, respectively), fourth in strikeouts (154 in 1994) and ninth in innings pitched (124.1 in 1994). Among the career leaders, Beverlin stands ninth with 306 strikeouts and tied for 11th with 27 victories.
Beverlin and his wife, Heather, are the parents of two sons, Cole and Lucas.
|THE JASON BEVERLIN FILE|
|Full Name: Jason Robert Beverlin|
|Born: Nov. 27, 1973|
|Hometown: Royal Oak, Mich.|
|Family: He and his wife, Heather, are the parents of two sons, Cole and Lucas.|
|Education: Bachelor of Science - Sociology (Western Carolina University, 2001)|
|Playing Experience: Western Carolina University (1992-94); Fourth-round pick by Oakland A's (1994); West Michigan Whitecaps - A (1994-95 Greensboro Bats - A (1995); Tampa Yankees - Advanced-A (1996-98); Norwich Navigators - AA (1998-2000); Columbus Clippers - AAA (2000); Arkansas Travelers - AA (2001); Salt Lake Stingers - AAA (2001); Toledo Mudhens - AAA (2002); Buffalo Bisons - AAA (2002, 2007); Cleveland Indians - MLB (2002); Detroit Tigers - MLB (2002); Yakult Swallows - Japan (2003-04); Yokohama BayStars - Japan (2006)|
|Coaching Experience: Assistant coach at Georgia Southern University (2008-09); Assistant coach at University of Tennessee (2010-present)|