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AUGIE GARRIDO STEPS DOWN, IS REASSIGNED

After an amazing tenure at Texas that included two national championships, Augie Garrido steps down as the Longhorns' baseball coach and agrees to serve as special assistant to athletic director Mike Perrin.

Garrido, who turned 77 in February, had one year remaining on a contract that paid him more than $1 million annually. Garrido's tenure at Texas came to an end after the Longhorns missed the NCAA postseason for the third time in the last five years, losing to TCU one game shy of reaching the Big 12 Tournament final.

 
“I owe everyone at The University of Texas a million heartfelt thank you’s,” said Garrido. “I came here to serve and I am so proud to be able to continue to serve The University in my new role as Special Assistant to Mike Perrin.”
 
College baseball’s all-time wins leader (1,975 wins) boasts a significant list of career accomplishments.
He is the first baseball coach to lead two different schools to national titles (Cal State Fullerton and Texas) and is one of only four coaches in the modern era of NCAA baseball, football and men’s or women’s basketball to do so (Nick Saban, Rick Pitino and Urban Meyer).
Garrido guided squads to National Championships in four different decades, and is one of only three coaches in history to win five or more NCAA titles (1979, 1984, 1995, 2002, 2005).
 
"Augie and I met today and had a very good talk,” Perrin said. “I asked him to serve as my special assistant and he has graciously accepted. We both care deeply for The University of Texas and our baseball program. I am beyond appreciative of all that Augie has done for Texas baseball and want to celebrate those successes. I’m happy he’ll be continuing to work with me as a special assistant and looking forward to working with him in that role."
 
During his 48-year coaching tenure, he led his teams to the College World Series 15 times, made 33 NCAA Regional appearances, won 16 NCAA Regional Tournament titles and 25 Conference Championships, while being named National Coach of the Year six times (1975, 1979, 1984, 1995, 2002, 2005). 
 
“Augie has long been among the best coaches in college athletics, an exceptional developer of young men, great leader and tremendous representative of our University,” Perrin added.
“I have deep appreciation, admiration and gratitude for all that he has accomplished in his 20 years leading our baseball program.
"From the two National Championships he brought to Texas, to the many thrilling College World Series performances, Big 12 titles and becoming the all-time winningest coach in college baseball history, he has a vast list of success stories, but none greater than the positive impact he has made on the countless numbers of student-athletes he has coached.
"We are so grateful for all he has given and everything he’s done for Longhorn baseball, Texas athletics and our great university.
 
“Augie has left an indelible mark on Texas Athletics and will forever be remembered as a true icon of college baseball, much like the legendary Longhorn coaches of the past 100-plus years – Billy Disch, Bibb Falk and Cliff Gustafson.
"He’s a man who for two decades shared with Texas his gift for building championship teams, enhancing student-athletes’ lives both on and off the field and winning with style, class and grace. He is a Hall of Famer in the game of baseball, a great man and a true Longhorn legend.”
 
Garrido  was hired in 1996 to continue the proud tradition of Longhorn baseball.
In 2000, Garrido returned the Horns back to the College World Series for the first time since 1993.
He led Texas to eight College World Series appearances, winning schools fifth National Championship in 2002 and sixth in 2005.
The Horns were runners-up twice (2004, 2009) and posted a pair of third-place finishes (2003, 2014).
Garrido led Texas to seven Big 12 Conference titles (2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011) and five league tournament crowns (2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2015).
UT posted at least 50 victories six times in Garrido’s 20 years, topped by 58 wins in 2004. He finished his Longhorn career with a record of 824-427-2 (.658). 

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