The University of Cincinnati will honor one of the universities greatest ambassadors it will ever know.

University of Cincinnati baseball coach Brian Cleary will coach his 500th game with the team this Tuesday versus the Miami (OH).

Cleary, who is in his ninth season a the head man of the Bearcats, is currently 203-294-1 during his tenure.

Taking over a program in shambles in 1997, Cleary achieved his first 30-win season (his first winning season) just two years after going 12-46. The program nearly tripled the total wins of his inaugural season in 2000, when the team won 35 games (35-25).

Under the tutelage of their now 36-year old skipper, 11 Bearcats have gone on to play baseball professionally, including having three members of his 2001 squad sign to play (the most since 1998). Most recently B.J. Borsa signed as a Free Agent with Cincinnati in 2003.

Cleary, who spent time at Notre Dame and Tulane before coming to the campus at Clifton, is currently second in career wins behind UC Hall-of-Fame member Glenn Sample.

Sample, who accumulated 404 wins and coached the Bearcats to four NCAA Tournament appearances, will have the walkway outside the grandstand at UC Baseball Stadium named in his honor.

Glenn Sample Way will feature plaques and other relics commemorating the achievements of UC baseball teams, coaches and players.

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