Jason Eller begins his third season at the helm of the historic Georgia College Baseball program. Eller is the ninth coach in program history.
In his first two seasons, the Bobcats have exceeded all expectations, going 79-27. The Bobcats have won back-to-back PBC Tournament Championships and were the 2018 PBC Regular-Season Champions as well, with a school-record 26 conference wins.
In 2018, the Bobcats were 44-12 with a 26-4 PBC mark. Logan Mattix became the first GC Baseball player to be both an All-American and an Academic All-American in the same year. The Bobcats had the Region and PBC Pitcher of the Year (Charlie Hecht) and the Region and PBC Player of the Year (Mattix) as well as three All-Americans. The Bobcats put eight players on the All-PBC Team, Eller was PBC Coach of the Year, and Georgia College also had a league-best seven on the PBC All-Academic Team. The Bobcats led the conference in runs, hits, doubles, triples, RBIs, extra-base hits, total bases, sacrifice flies, sacrifice hits, batting average, on-base percentage and came third in ERA. A school-best three were chosen in the MLB Draft.
In 2017, the Bobcats were 35-15 with a 16-8 PBC mark. Brandon Benson was Region and PBC Player of the Year, and was chosen in the MLB Draft. The Bobcats had two All-Americans, and put six on the All-PBC Team, as well as three on the PBC All-Academic Team. The Bobcats led the conference in hits, slugging percentage and batting average and were second in RBIs and on-base percentage.
Eller comes to Bobcat Nation after an amazing three-year turnaround at Peach Belt Conference (PBC) rival Augusta University. The Jaguars had a breakthrough season in 2016, as he led Augusta to a No. 18 national ranking and a 29-22 overall record – the program's first winning season since 2008. The team also made their first PBC Tournament appearance since the 2011 season.
Before coming to Augusta, Eller spent the previous 11 seasons on the University of Georgia's coaching staff, including the last seven years as a full-time assistant under head coach David Perno. In June, 2012, he was named pitching coach after assisting Perno with the hurlers during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Eller also coordinated UGA's recruiting efforts from 2007-12.
Eller coached or signed 11 players that played in the 2015 Major League Baseball (MLB) Playoffs.
Eller was a part of three Georgia squads that advanced to the College World Series (CWS), including in 2008 when the Bulldogs were the national runner-up. Eller made his mark as a recruiter, setting a new Bulldog standard with 49 players selected in seven Major League Baseball (MLB) drafts, including a school-record 11 signees in 2011. Georgia's 2011 recruiting class was ranked as high as No. 2 nationally by Perfect Game USA.
Eller came to the Bulldogs from his alma mater of Georgia State where he spent the 2002 season as an assistant on Mike Hurst's staff. Eller served as hitting instructor, worked with outfielders and was the team's strength training coordinator. He gained additional experience as a part of the East Cobb baseball program. He was the manager of the 2003 Perfect Game Junior Division champion East Cobb Braves. He served as manager of the 18 and under CABA World Series championship East Cobb Tigers squad in 2001 and assistant coach of the 2000 team that won the CABA World Series.
A 1998 graduate of Georgia State with a B.A. in Sociology, Eller was a four-year letterman for the Panther Baseball program from 1992-95. He is married to the former Amy Jones of Sandersville. They have twins, Kole and Kennedy.