Augie Garrido, college baseball's winningest coach, dies at 79

By Marc Lancaster 16 March 2018 178
Augie Garrido, college baseball's winningest coach, dies at 79

Augie Garrido, who led two schools to NCAA championships and won more games than any coach in college baseball history, died Thursday at age 79.

The University of Texas, where Garrido coached from 1997-2016, said he recently suffered a stroke.

Garrido spent 48 years as a head coach, winning a record 1,975 games between Texas, Cal State Fullerton, Illinois, Cal Poly and San Francisco State. His Fullerton teams won NCAA titles in 1979, '84 and '95, and he followed with championships at Texas in 2002 and '05.

His teams made a total of 15 College World Series appearances, and he was named national coach of the year six times.

"This is a very, very sad day," Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said in a release. "We lost one of the greatest coaches of all time, a truly special Longhorn Legend and college athletics icon. There will never be another Augie Garrido. He was a once-in-a-lifetime personality whose impact on Texas athletics, collegiate baseball and the student-athletes he coached extended far beyond the playing field.

"If you were fortunate enough to have spent time with Augie, or if you followed him in any way, he had a great effect on you with his brilliant combination of wisdom, wit and charm. He was just an incredible coach, molder of men and a great person. He will be missed, but the memories of him and his awesome accomplishments will carry on forever. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Jeannie, and his family."

 

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