At Duke (2015-Present): Jason Stein joined the Duke baseball staff in August of 2015. In addition to serving as the team’s hitting coach, Stein works with the Blue Devil infielders, coaches third base during games, coordinates the team’s community service efforts and manages the program’s on-campus facilities.
In Stein's first season with the program, Duke earned an at-large bid to the 2016 NCAA Tournament, ending a drought of 55 years without making the postseason event. After beginning the season 10-13 (1-7 ACC), the Blue Devils went 23-9 over their final 32 regular season games, including a 13-8 record in the ACC. The Blue Devils did not start an upperclassmen position player for most of the season, relying heavily on a talented group of sophomores and freshmen. Under Stein's guidance, freshman Jimmy Herron and sophomore Jack Labosky collected second team All-ACC honors.
With his 2016 all-conference selection, Herron became the first Duke rookie named All-ACC since 1997. Herron also garnered Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America accolades after leading the team in hits, doubles and stolen bases.
After recording just three extra base hits in 2015, Labosky was named a semifinalist for the 2016 Gregg Olson Award, presented annually to college baseball's breakout player of the year. Labosky emerged as one of Duke's top hitters, leading the team in on base percentage, runs, RBI, home runs, total bases, walks and time hit by pitch.
At Eastern Kentucky (7 Seasons | 2009-15): Prior to his arrival in Durham, Stein served as the head coach at Eastern Kentucky from 2009-15. Over the course of his EKU head coaching career, Stein compiled a 178-201 record and led the Colonels to the six-team Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in four of his seven seasons. The Ashland, Ky., native recruited and coached five Major League Draft selections, nine All-Americans, 24 All-OVC picks, and two OVC Freshmen of the Year and the 2012 OVC Pitcher of the Year.
Eastern Kentucky was routinely among the national leaders in home runs per game during Stein’s tenure, ranking among the top 10 in three of the past four seasons. This past season was no exception as Eastern Kentucky once again ranked among the national offensive leaders, amassing 59 home runs and a .450 slugging percentage. The 2015 Colonels ranked fifth in the country in home runs per game while coming in 22nd nationally in slugging percentage.
The 2012 Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year, Stein guided the Colonels to a share of the OVC regular season title in 2012. After EKU was picked to finish sixth in the league, Stein led Eastern Kentucky to the program’s first OVC regular season championship since 2000. EKU placed five players on all-conference teams, including OVC Pitcher of the Year Matt Fyffe. In addition, Eastern Kentucky belted 66 homers that season and led the national in home runs per game (1.22). The 2012 Colonels also ranked among the top-30 in the country in slugging percentage (4th), doubles (6th) and scoring (23rd).
Considered among the top offensive coaches nationally, Stein presented his base running system at the 2010 American Baseball Coaches Association’s national convention in Dallas, one of the highest attended lectures with over 5,000 attendees.
At Belmont University (2001-05): Prior to his arrival at Eastern Kentucky, Stein served as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Belmont University from 2001-05. During that span, he coached nine players selected in the MLB Draft, including the highest pick in school history (Blake Owen | 2005 MLB Draft | 6th Round | Baltimore Orioles).
As a member of the Belmont staff, Stein helped the Bruins set program records in home runs, RBI, total bases and stolen bases. Belmont swiped 518 bases during his time, posting a school record 124 in 2005.
College Career: Stein earned a bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture from Eastern Kentucky in 1997 and received his master’s in sports administration from EKU in 1998. As a player at EKU, he posted a career .334 batting average, leading the OVC with a .378 average in 1993.
Personal: Stein and his wife (Terri) reside in Durham, N.C. with their four children (Ryker, Riley, Jaxton and Jacey).