UMBC welcomes back former standout Jared Boyd as the team's second assistant coach with Boyd's primary duty working on fielding and defense. Boyd, a 2002 graduate of UMBC, played shortstop for the Retrievers under current Head Coach John Jancuska from 1999-2002.
Following his graduation, Boyd was picked up by the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the Independent Northern Baseball League where he spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons. During the 2004 season, Boyd was a late season acquisition by the New Jersey Jackals as the Jackals won the Northeast League title that year.
Over the past couple years, Boyd has also been a volunteer assistant coach at his high school alma mater Perth Amboy High School in New Jersey.
Boyd became one of UMBC's more highly decorated athletes during his years at UMBC earning Louisville Slugger's All-American Third Team accolades, Northeast Conference Player of the Year and Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference First Team All-Star at shortstop following the 2002 season. That year he hit .404 with 58 runs, 84 hits and 52 RBI. Boyd polished off his career at UMBC leading the Retrievers to a 32-24 mark in 2002, the second most wins in a season by the Retrievers in program history.
That 32-24 year was UMBC's second consecutive 30-plus win season as the Retrievers went 31-20-2 in 2001, winning a Northeast Conference title and making an NCAA Tournament appearance, the second in program history.
Boyd is UMBC's all-time leader in games played (194), at bats (697), doubles (61) and hits (240). Boyd is also UMBC's all-time single season leader in games played (56), hits (84) and doubles (32).
Boyd is currently single and resides in Crofton, Md.