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Garrido to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Matt Cotcher

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Courtesy of UT Athletics:

 

 

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Texas head coach Augie Garrido will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January, the ABCA announced Tuesday.

 

Garrido, who has led the Longhorns to two national championships and eight trips to the College World Series, will be inducted alongside Bob Babb (Johns Hopkins), Sam Riggleman (Spring Arbor) and Ray Tanner (South Carolina). The induction ceremony will take place at the ABCA Convention on Jan. 8 in Nashville, Tenn.

 

The winningest baseball coach in NCAA history, Garrido has led his teams to 15 appearances in the NCAA Div. I College World Series, with five national championships during 47 seasons as a collegiate head coach.

 

As head coach of Texas since 1997, Garrido has guided the Longhorns to Omaha eight times, including CWS titles in 2002 and 2005 and runner-up finishes in 2004 and 2009. Texas most recently qualified for the College World Series in 2014. Garrido has seven Big 12 regular-season titles and five tournament crowns on his resume including the 2015 championship.

 

Prior to Texas, Garrido coached at Cal State Fullerton for 21 seasons over two stints (1973-87, 1991-96) and was head coach at Illinois for three seasons (1988-90). In Cal State Fullerton's first season competing in NCAA Div. I, Garrido led the team to the 1975 College World Series. The Titans won three national titles under Garrido's leadership: 1979, 1984 and 1995. His overall record at Cal State Fullerton was 929-391-6 (.703) and he netted seven CWS appearances, one national runner-up finish and three national crowns. At Illinois, Garrido's teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament twice and posted an overall record of 111-57 (.661).

 

Garrido became the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Div. I history with his 1,428th career win on June 9, 2003, and moved past Gordon Gillespie as the winningest coach across all divisions with win number 1,894 on March 25, 2014. Through 47 seasons, Garrido's record stands at 1,950-919-9 (.681).

 

Graduating from Fresno State in 1961, Garrido played three seasons for the Bulldogs, earned All-Conference honors and played in the 1959 College World Series. He is one of only 11 men to both play and coach in the CWS.

 

Garrido played six seasons in the Cleveland Indians organization before accepting his first coaching position at Sierra High School in Tollhouse, Calif., in 1966.

 

Three years later, Garrido's collegiate coaching career would begin at San Francisco State in 1969. He coached at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo from 1970-72 before moving on to Cal State Fullerton in 1973.



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