Mewbourne, regarded as one of the dean's of SEC baseball, was instrumental in the realization of the Commodores' new baseball home, the $5.8 million Hawkins Field.
He had a 655-608-9 record in 24 years at Vanderbilt, easily the
winningest baseball coach in school history. He compiled a 922-682-9
overall record over 30 years. The Commodores were 24-27 this season.
"It is time to turn the program over to someone else," Mewbourne
said. "I feel that I have taken the program as far as I can. I am
proud of what has been accomplished. Certainly I wish we would have
some more games but all of us can point with pride to our new stadium
and be enthused about the future."
"Roy Mewbourne ran our baseball program with class and dignity,"
Director of Athletics Todd Turner says. "He played a major role in our
fund-raising efforts for Hawkins Field. He has always been a great
colleague and he loves Vanderbilt very much. We all owe him a sincere
thank you for his dedicated service and loyalty to the University."
Turner said the Department of Athletics would be honoring Mewbourne in
some way in the near future.
Mewbourne, a native of Birmingham, came to Nashville in 1979
Birmingham Southern, where he had compiled a six-year mark of 267 wins
against just 74 losses. While at Vanderbilt, he became the third
winningest active coach in the SEC by the time he retired.
Mewbourne took pride in the academic accomplishments of his
players. Going into this season, 95 Commodores earned academic all-SEC
honors including 13 a year ago.
One of his most prized pupils was first team All-American Hunter
Bledsoe, the 1999 SEC Player of the Year and baseball's national
academic Player of the Year.
Mewbourne, a 1967 graduate of Florida State, is a member of the
Birmingham Southern Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Dee, have two adult
Mewbourne Retires After 24 Vanderbilt Years
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