Iowa State University - Softball


Jamie Pinkerton was named the ninth head coach in Iowa State Softball history on August 2, 2017. His first season coaching the Cyclone program left no doubt that he was the right man for the job. Pinkerton's for building winning programs was evident as he coached Iowa State to eye-catching offensive numbers and achieved the best weekly RPI ranking in program history.
Under Pinkerton's tutelage, the 2018 Cyclones hit a school-record 45 home runs, shattering the previous mark of 40 set in 2013 during Pinkerton's first stint in Ames as an assistant coach. He was also masterful in late-game situations during his first season at the program’s helm, as Iowa State went 6-0 in extra-inning games in 2018, and also went 9-3 in games decided by one run. The Cyclones clinched a Big 12 postseason bid for the second-consecutive year, finishing sixth in the conference to punch their ticket to the 2018 Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City.
Pinkerton, whose program-building prowess was well documented throughout his career, was a head coach at Tulsa, Arkansas and Montana prior to taking the reigns at Iowa State.
Pinkerton was already familiar with the Cyclones before arriving in Ames in 2017, having served as assistant coach for four years (2009-13). In his first stint at ISU, Pinkerton was instrumental in developing a strong offense. The 2013 Cyclones set schools records for runs (284), home runs (40), RBI (253) and walks (166).
Pinkerton left Iowa State after the 2013 season to start a softball program at the University of Montana. For a year, he built a roster from scratch, hired coaches, ordered equipment, assembled a schedule, served a key role in building a facility and laid the groundwork for a Division I program.
The Griz' softball program had an immediate impact when it began play in the Big Sky Conference and raised its win total all three years. His last team was 35-24 (15-6 in the league), won the Big Sky Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Pinkerton was named Big Sky Coach of the Year twice in his three seasons at Montana. His players earned all-conference honors 19 times on the field and 13 times in the classroom over three seasons.
Before his stint as an assistant for the Cyclones (2010-13), Pinkerton was head coach at Arkansas (2005-09). The Razorbacks made the NCAA Tournament his final two years (first time Arkansas made the post-season in consecutive years) and re-wrote the school record book offensively. His Arkansas teams also received academic accolades from the NFCA.
Pinkerton got his opportunity at Arkansas after a highly successful tenure at Tulsa. After three seasons as an assistant with the Golden Hurricane, he was promoted to head coach in 2001. Tulsa registered two 40-win seasons (48-16 in 2002 and 45-18 in 2004) and he was named conference coach-of-the-year both years. The 2002 season was the first winning campaign in program history.
Pinkerton's 12-year head coaching career includes 350 victories, three NCAA Tournament berths and four conference coach-of-the-year honors. He has coaching experience with both USA National teams and Junior Olympic teams and also served as an assistant coach on the 2010 USA Futures team.
Pinkerton's extensive coaching resume also includes stints at Virginia (assistant, 1998-2000), UL-Monroe (grad assistant, 1997-98), Claremore-Sequoyah, Okla., High School (assistant, 1994) and the Oklahoma Mustangs (1988-94).
Pinkerton has served on the NCAA Division I Softball committee (present), on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Committee from 2008-09 and 2015-2017(chair in 2017), the NFCA Coaches Committee as Big Sky representative from 2016-2017, was a voting member on the NFCA / USA Today poll and worked as a NCAA Softball West Region Committee member (2003-04).
Jamie earned his history degree from Tulsa in 1997. He and his wife, Dori, have a daughter Sarah, who graduated from Iowa State in mechanical engineering and a son, Dane.