Augie Garrido steps down as Longhorns baseball coach

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Augie Garrido, college baseball’s all-time wins leader and Texas’ head coach for the past 20 years, is resigning and will accept a position as a special assistant to the Athletic Director, the school announced Monday.The Men’s Athletic Director Mike Perrin said on Monday Garrido will remain with the university as a special assistant to Perrin. A national search for Garrido’s successor at Texas will begin immediately.

“I asked him to serve as my special assistant and he has graciously accepted,” Perrin said. “We both care deeply for The University of Texas and our baseball program. I am beyond appreciative of all that Augie has done for Texas baseball and want to celebrate those successes. I’m happy he’ll be continuing to work with me as a special assistant and looking forward to working with him in that role.”

The change in leadership for the baseball team comes just two days after Texas’ season came to an end in the Big 12 tournament, marking the third time in the last five seasons the Longhorns have failed to make the NCAA Tournament.

Immediately after Texas’ season came to an end, Garrido reiterated what he had for weeks: He wanted to finish the last year of his contract and coach Texas in 2017.

“I’ve been on record all along that I’m not gonna quit,” Garrido said after Texas’ 8-2 loss to TCU Saturday. “I’m not gonna resign, I’m not gonna retire. So, if I’m not back, it’s because I couldn’t control the decision that was made. But trails end, baby, they all end. So we’ll just see, but for me, I’m not quitting.”

In his 20 seasons with the Longhorns, Garrido led Texas to two national titles and eight appearances in the College World Series.

“I owe everyone at The University of Texas a million heartfelt thank you’s,” said Garrido in a statement. “I came here to serve and I am so proud to be able to continue to serve The University in my new role as Special Assistant to Mike Perrin.”

Garrido is the first baseball coach to lead two different schools to national titles (Cal State Fullerton and Texas). Hired by UT in 1996, the acclaimed coach has a total of 48 years of coaching experience. He led his teams to the College World Series 15 times and made 33 NCAA Regional appearances.

In 2002, Texas landed its first national title since 1983. Garrido led the Longhorns to their sixth National Championship three years later in 2005.KXAN’s Sports Team will have full coverage of the changes on KXAN News at 5, 6, 9 and 10 p.m.

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