Texas A&M fires Mark Johnson

Texas A&M head baseball coach Mark Johnson has been relieved of his coaching duties, Director of Athletics Bill Byrne announced on Monday in College Station.

Johnson served 21 years (1985-2005) as head coach for the Aggies compiling an 876-433-3 (.669) record. During that time, Johnson led the A&M to the NCAA playoffs 13 times and reached the Sweet 16 nine times. Texas A&M appeared in the College World Series in 1993 and 1999. The Aggies won the Big 12 Conference regular-season championship in 1998 and 1999 and won the Southwest Conference championship three times (1986, 1989, and 1993) under Johnson's leadership.

In addition to his long and storied career in Aggieland, Johnson has been nationally recognized over the years for his efforts in college baseball. In January of 2001, Johnson was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Johnson served as president of the American Baseball Coaches Association in 1994 and in 1999 was named head coach for Team USA.

"I respect and admire Mark for his character and he has always represented Texas A&M with a great deal of class and integrity. However, our baseball program did not meet our expectations and I feel we need a change in direction," Byrne said.

"We will begin a national search immediately and our goal remains Building Champions," Byrne remarked. "If we are contending for Big 12 titles, then we will be in the picture for national championships."

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