In 2012, Jason Eller completed his 10th season at the University of Georgia including his sixth as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator. In June of 2012, he was named Pitching Coach after assisting head coach David Perno with the staff for the past two years.
A native of Marietta, Ga., Eller has helped the pitching staff improve dramatically over the past two seasons. In 2011, the Bulldogs reduced their Earned Run Average (ERA) by 3.61 runs a game. In 2012, Georgia's ERA was its lowest in the aluminum bat era which dates back to 1974. Perno and Eller assumed control of the pitching staff following the 2010 season when the Bulldogs finished with an 8.51 ERA. Since then, Georgia's ERA improved to 4.90 in 2011 and then 3.86 in 2012.
Eller has helped Georgia to three College World Series (CWS) appearances since 2004. Also, he has set a new standard in Bulldog recruiting with 42 members getting selected in the past six Major League Baseball (MLB) drafts. A record 11 signees were selected in the 2011 MLB draft. Georgia's 2011 recruiting class was ranked as high as No. 2 nationally by Perfect Game USA and wound up in the top 20 following the MLB signing deadline. Five members of the 2012 signing class were drafted and a few others instructed MLB teams they would be attending Georgia as the Bulldogs are poised to have another exceptional group of newcomers for the 2013 season.
A then record eight signees were drafted in 2007 and 2008 while six were selected in 2009 and four in 2010. In the 2007 MLB draft, the eight selections were highlighted by first round pick Ben Revere who opted to turn professional and five others going in the first 18 rounds. Ultimately, four of those Bulldogs made it to Athens. In 2008, Georgia had eight more members of its recruiting class selected by Major League clubs. Also, the 2008 class featured six members among Baseball America's Top 100 High School Prospects, which tied for the most by any school during the early signing period. In 2009, four of the six signees that were drafted decided to come to UGA.
Eller helped Georgia hitters set a school record and SEC-best 109 home runs in 2009 as the Bulldogs made their second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. It was the first time Georgia made back-to-back trips to the NCAA postseason since 2001-02. Georgia's 2008 recruiting class was ranked fifth nationally by Collegiate Baseball, and the group combined to start 226 games for Georgia in 2009.
Eller helped guide the SEC Champion Bulldogs to within a victory of the 2008 national championship. Georgia captured another NCAA Athens Regional and Super Regional, and then the Bulldogs reached the CWS Finals. Georgia earned a consensus final national ranking of number two, marking the second best finish in school history.
Eller's duties on the field have varied from working with the outfielders and hitters to pitchers. He has served as a first base coach and third base coach in his Bulldog career. In 2003, Eller joined the Bulldog staff as a volunteer coach and was promoted to a full-time assistant in August of 2006.
The Eller File
Born: Feb. 24, 1973 in Kennesaw, Ga.
High School: Sprayberry HS, Marietta, Ga., 1991
College Education: Georgia State, B.A. - 1998
Family: Wife: Amy.
Collegiate Baseball Experience: Georgia State, 1992-95
Professional Baseball Experience: Athletes-In-Action (Africa and Ecuador), 1995-96; Tennessee Walkers (Big South Independent Assoc.), 1997
Coaching: Asst. Manager, New Jersey Diamonds (LPBL), 1998
Asst. Coach, Martin Methodist College, 1999-2000
Asst. Coach, Wofford College, 2000-01
Manager/Asst. Coach, East Cobb Tigers (18 and under), 2000-02
Asst. Coach, Georgia State, 2002
Volunteer Asst. Coach, Univ. of Georgia, August 2002-2006
Asst. Coach, Univ. of Georgia, August 2006-present