Skyhawk Baseball | Jason Stowers - Assistant Coach
Jason Stowers is in his first season as an assistant coach at UT Martin under head coach Rick Robinson. Stowers’ primary responsibilities include instructing outfielders and working alongside assistant coach Rick Guarno with the offense. Stowers also serves as the first base coach during games.
Stowers brings a strong background in the collegiate summer leagues to the Skyhawks. Having spent 2016 serving as the hitting coach and 2013-2015 serving as the pitching coach with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod Baseball League. Stowers has coached 71 players that have been drafted to Major League Baseball. Five of Stowers’ former players were taken in the first round including Kyle Freeland (8th overall, Colorado Rockies, 2014), Jeff Hoffman (9th overall, Toronto Blue Jays, 2014), Dakota Hudson (34th overall, St. Louis Cardinals, 2016) and Travis Jankowski (44th overall, San Diego Padres, 2012).
As the hitting coach for the Hawks in 2016, Stowers oversaw an offense that led the Cape Cod League in doubles, triples, extra-base hits and finished fourth in home runs. Two of his hitters finished in the top-20 in the league in batting average, while also having two players compete in the college homerun derby in Omaha, Neb.
In 2015 under Stowers, the Hyannis pitching staff recorded their lowest ERA in team history, and earned a trip to the championship game for the first time in over 15 years. As the pitching coach in 2014-2015 for the Harbor Hawks, Stowers coached the first two pitchers in league history to ever be named the All-Star Game MVP. The following season in 2016 as the hitting coach, the Hyannis shortstop was named the third consecutive All-Star MVP, all of whom were coached by Stowers. In four total years with Hyannis, Stowers has helped lead the team to two divisional championships.
Stowers also spent 2014-2016 serving as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Pikeville. Under his tutelage, the Bears had one of their most successful seasons in program history in 2016, notching 25 wins, which was the most for the program since 2001 and was the largest turnaround for any NAIA baseball team in the country. As the pitching coach, Stowers mentored a pair of pitchers who each ranked in the top-20 nationally in saves. He also oversaw Pikeville’s first all-conference pitcher since 2006.
Prior to his stop with the Bears, Stowers was the head coach for his alma mater Alice Lloyd College from 2012-2014. During his first season with the Eagles, Stowers led the program to their first winning season in 10 years and finished the year ranked seventh nationally in the USCAA Coaches Poll.
Professionally, Stowers served as the bullpen coach and clubhouse manager for the Bristol White Sox of the Advanced Rookie League in 2012. Stowers worked closely with position coaches before games and worked in the bullpen during the contests. Stowers also oversaw simulated games for pitchers and helped orientate incoming signed and drafted players.
A native of Bristol, Tenn., Stowers graduated from Alice Lloyd College with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 2003. He has also earned two Master’s degrees, one in exercise and sport science from Eastern Kentucky University in 2007 and the other a Master’s in sports management from Morehead State University in 2016.
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