COACH JEREMY JOYE
“For me, coaching baseball has never been about baseball. It is about using baseball as a vehicle to navigate life’s roads. My goal is for each of my players to be prepared for whatever comes after USC Salkehatchie, whether it be attending a four-year school to play baseball, attending a four-year school as a student only, or joining the work force. It is my job to ensure that they are fully prepared.”
Entering his fourth season as head coach of the USC Salkehatchie baseball team, Jeremy Joye is a product of the program, having played under Joe Baxter in 2003. A native of South Carolina, he is a 2001 graduate of Manning High School and a 2009 graduate of the University of South Carolina, earning a BA degree in Early Childhood Education. Joye also earned a Masters in Education through Anderson University in 2017.
Joye began his coaching career in 2005 as an assistant for Manning High School before being named the Head Coach for the JV squad the following year. In 2007 Joye moved to the college ranks as an Assistant at fellow Region 10 program USC Sumter, serving for four seasons as the outfielders coach and assisting with hitting instruction and recruiting.
In August of 2011, he joined the coaching staff at Spartanburg Methodist College under head coach Tim Wallace, helping guide the Pioneers to three consecutive trips to the Division I NJCAA World Series (2012, 2013, 2014). A middle infielder by trade, Joye spent three of his eight seasons at Spartanburg Methodist College working with the Pioneer outfielders but worked mostly with infielders. In addition, he spent seven of those eight seasons as the strength and conditioning coach for position players. He also managed the strength and conditioning for pitchers in his final season. His time at Spartanburg Methodist College would prove most advantageous when Joye was named head coach of the USC Salkehatchie baseball program in June of 2019. Working under the tutelage of Tim Wallace, he gained experience coaching both infielders and outfielders and became a student of the art of catching—experiences that currently enable him to work comfortably with all positions on the field.
Joye has also been active in coaching during the summer. He has been involved with the prestigious SC Diamond Devils program for many years and also has spent time in the Coastal Plains League as an Assistant with the Thomasville Hi-Toms in 2010 and the Columbia Blowfish in 2011.
Additional Accolades: Joye has had two children’s books published (one surrounding the losses of war from a child’s perspective and another highlighting the process of learning through inquiry-based on his two daughters) , in addition to receiving credit as a contributing editor for the biographic novel A Life Black as Coal.