Jamey Shouppe is in his 5th season at the helm of the Florida A&M baseball and continues to build a program that is being recognized both in the state of Florida and on the national level. He is coming off of another winning season in 2017, going 27-26 overall, and 14-10 in the MEAC.
In 2016, the Florida A&M program continued to make great strides and Shouppe was recognized as MEAC Coach of the Year for the second time in his first three seasons as head coach. The Rattlers won the MEAC Southern Division in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history and Dylan Dillard became just the second MEAC Player of the Year for FAMU, both came in the last three seasons. Florida A&M finished the season with 30+ wins for just the third time since becoming a Division I program in 1980 and for the first time since 2003. The Rattlers also set a record for MEAC wins for the third straight season with a 19-5 record in conference play. 2016 saw a huge offensive output as the team recorded the most home runs (43), 2nd highest team batting average (.323) and the 2nd most doubles (100) since prior to the 2000 season. FAMU led the MEAC in 11 offensive categories and finished the season ranked in the Top-10 nationally for batting average, scoring (8.0) and No. 1 in the nation in on base percentage (.426).
Shouppe’s second season was a historic one as he guided the Rattlers to their first-ever NCAA Regional appearance. FAMU was placed in the Gainesville Regional after winning the MEAC Championship for the first time since 1994. Shouppe was named the MEAC Tournament’s Most Outstanding Coach following an 8-2 Championship Game win over Bethune-Cookman. During the 2015 campaign, Florida A&M defeated North Carolina Central 9-4 at Fenway Park, which was part of an HBCU Celebration weekend that was organized by the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Area Church League, Inc. The game in Fenway Park marked the first-ever game between two HBCU programs in a MLB ballpark with conference standings on the line. In 2015, FAMU won the MEAC Southern Division outright for the first time since 1997. The 2015 pitching staff also saw a program first as it finished with a sub-5.00 team ERA for the first time. The Rattlers 29 regular season MEAC wins in Shouppe’s first two seasons were the most MEAC wins over any two-year period in FAMU history.
The Rattlers 26-26 record in 2014 was the first time FAMU finished the regular season with a .500 or better record since 2003. Florida A&M closed out the regular season on a season-high five-game winning streak and won 11 straight games decided by one run. The 26 wins on the year were the most since the Rattlers won 24 in 2009. Florida A&M won a program best 14 games in the MEAC and finished in a first place tie in the Southern Division with Bethune-Cookman. The 14 conference wins is just the third time in program history with double digit MEAC wins.
One of the biggest highlights of Shouppe’s first season was a 4-3 win over then No. 6 Florida in Gainesville, arguably the biggest win for the MEAC in recent years. The win marked the first over the Gators in the history of the Florida A&M baseball program. FAMU also ended long losing streaks over Jacksonville (20), North Florida (13) and Bethune-Cookman (13) during the season.
Shouppe came to Florida A&M after spending 21 years as the Pitching Coach at Florida State. He took over a FAMU program that was coming off back-to-back seasons with records of 7-45.
As the Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Florida State he produced 10 ACC team ERA pitching titles, coached 63 pitchers that were drafted including six first round picks, coached 26 first team All-Americans and made nine College World Series appearances.
Shouppe also served as a coach with USA Baseball from 2012-2014. He was the head coach with one of the eight teams at the National Trials in 2012, Pitching Coordinator with the 18-up National Team in 2013 and Pitching Coach for the National Team in 2014. Team USA won Gold all three years.
Professionally, he played with the Houston Astros from 1982-1985, where he was drafted in the eighth round of the 1982 draft.
A Florida State graduate with a degree in Physical Education, Shouppe also earned a Master’s degree from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale. A Chattahoochee, FL native, Jamey and his wife Karen, a former Florida State cheerleader, have three children: Jake, Kasey and Jared.