Jim Farr is in his fourth season as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Terps and 24th in coaching, overall.
Farr was promoted to associate head coach following last season after the Terps went 30-26. In addition to his excellent work with Maryland's pitching staff, Farr has proven to be one of the best recruiters in the area. Farr's Virginia ties have proven invaluable on the recruiting trail, as several of the best players in Virginia have inked with the Terps in recent years. Maryland's current freshman class has been hailed as perhaps the best in school history.
A former major league pitcher, Farr comes to the Terrapins from the College of William & Mary, where he left as the school's all-time winningest coach after transforming the Tribe into a perennial Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) contender. In 13 seasons at William & Mary, Farr compiled a record of 373-310-2, including five consecutive 30-win campaigns from 2000-2004, the program's first conference title in 2001 and a school-record 37 victories in 2004.
In 2009, Farr will have 12 returning letterwinners on his pitching staff. His tenure at William & Mary was highlighted not only by victories but also his invaluable contributions to the program, as well. In 1999, he helped spearhead an effort to build Plumeri Park, a brand new 1,000-seat baseball facility on campus. Over the years, Farr has helped numerous student-athletes reach the next level, sending 31 players to the pros, including seven who have major league experience. Three of the seven are currently playing, including Chris Ray (Baltimore Orioles), Bill Bray (Cincinnati Reds) and Brendan Harris (Minnesota Twins).
Four pitchers that Farr coached have been selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft and in only two years in College Park, Md., five Terps pitchers have been drafted: Ben Pfinsgraff, Seth Overbey, Casey Baron, Brett Cecil and Ryan Moorer.
In addition to his game-to-game duties, Farr directs the University of Maryland's summer and winter prospect camps, which attract over 500 campers, annually.
In 1993, Farr was named CAA Co-Coach of the Year after guiding his club to a 24-19-1 record in his first season at the school.
A graduate of Penn State, Farr was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 1978. He went on to pitch in the Rangers' and San Francisco Giants' organizations for the next eight seasons. An elbow injury would eventually force him to retire, but not before reaching the Major League level, where he served two tours of duty. His best big league season was 1982 when he compiled a 2.50 ERA as a reliever.
Following his career, Farr returned to Penn State where he became an assistant coach for three seasons and earned his Master's degree in 1988. He then spent four years as an assistant at Old Dominion.
Farr and his wife, Susan, have two daughters, Jessica, 24, and Danielle, 22. Jessica is a 2006 graduate of Longwood University and sister Danielle attends the Sentara School of Health Professions in Virginia Beach, Va.