During his tenure as the Cardinals skipper, Prado became the school's all-time winningest baseball coach and saw the program transition into one with a very bright future. In April of last year, the team began playing in the brand new Jim Patterson Stadium and has since added new pitching and batting cages, training rooms, offices and more.
"One thing that we are benefiting from is that there hasn't been a lot of turnover this year in baseball," said the programs Sports Information Director Sean Moth. "I believe we are the premier job available right now."
Despite struggles with injuries and frequent lineup changes during the 2006 campaign, the Cardinals still managed a regular season third-place finish in the Big East Conference and reached the league tournament championship where it fell to top-seeded Notre Dame.
"We love what Coach Prado did for the program, but we're excited for what a new coach can do for us," continued Moth.
The new state-of-the-art facilities, a growing fan base and the opportunity to work for U of L Director of Athletics Tom Jurich has made the opening a desirable one for a number of well-respected coaches around the country.
"We're devoting quite a bit of time on the search for a new head coach and we're getting a lot of interest from a number of head coaches and assistant coaches," explained Moth. "Tom Jurich is always going to find the next superstar - the next John L. Smith, the next Bobby Petrino or the next Karen Ferguson."
With interest from potential candidates surfacing from all directions, Jurich has not established a set deadline for a new hire to be in place.
"We have no timeline set," said Moth. "We are eager to narrow it down, but we have no set timeline."
While the school won't release the names of those interested in the position due to privacy, Moth did add that the choice will come from a list of highly-qualified candidates.
"One thing I can guarantee you is that we have a lot of high-profile people interested in this job."
The Cardinal baseball team will begin preparations for the 2007 season this August.