AUSTIN, Texas – After a record-setting and storied 48-year baseball coaching career, including 20 years at The University of Texas, Augie Garrido is accepting a position as Special Assistant to the Athletics Director and relinquishing his duties as the Longhorns coach, Men’s Athletics Director Mike Perrin said on Monday. Garrido will be remembered as one of the most successful coaches in not just baseball, but college sports history. A national search for Garrido’s successor at Texas will begin immediately.
“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.”
Hired in 1996 to continue the proud tradition of Longhorn baseball, Garrido did just that. After three years of laying the foundation of his program, 2000 was the year he brought the Horns back to the College World Series for the first time since 1993. He went on to lead 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). On the conference level, Texas won seven Big 12 Conference Championships (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).
Six years into his time on the 40 acres, in 2002, he brought Texas its first national title since 1983. That year, Garrido led UT to a 57-15 record, and produced the school’s first-ever Big 12 regular-season and tournament championships. He duplicated the feat in 2005, guiding the Longhorns to their sixth National Championship, the second-most for one school in NCAA history. During a spectacular four-year run from 2002-05, Garrido’s Longhorns won two national titles, advanced to the College World Series all four years and posted a startling 221-66 (.770) record.
Just the fourth Texas head coach since 1911 (with the exception of the war years of 1943-45 when Blair Cherry was at the helm), the Vallejo, Calif. native brought his own unique style to the game of college baseball and Longhorns athletics. He was known for the mental and physical development of his student-athletes and teams. His many honors, records, championships and victories are well documented, but the psychology with which he fostered that success may be what best defines him.
As a result of his unique style, Garrido has been ranked as one of the top three baseball teachers in the nation by Major League Baseball Directors of Player Development. To deserve that distinction, Garrido has coached three Golden Spikes Award winners, four National Players of the Year, six College World Series MVPs, 53 All-Americans (66 total honors), 14 all-league MVPs and 129 players who have gone on to professional baseball during his career. His 15 first-round picks in the MLB draft include Longhorns Beau Hale (No. 14) in 2000, Omar Quintanilla (No. 33) in 2003, both J.P. Howell (No. 31) and 2005 American League Rookie of the Year Huston Street (No. 40) in 2004, the duo of Drew Stubbs (No. 8) and Kyle McCulloch (No. 29) in 2006, Chance Ruffin (No. 48) in 2010, Taylor Jungmann (No. 12) in 2011 and Corey Knebel (No. 39) in 2013.
In addition, during his 20 years at UT, Garrido has tutored the skills of 27 players who have earned All-America honors a total of 34 times, 25 Freshman All-Americans, including a school-record four in 2006, 161 All-Conference performers, 11 USA Baseball National Team members and 102 players who have gone on to play in professional baseball.
Graduating from Fresno State in 1961, Garrido played three seasons for the Bulldogs and earned all-conference recognition, while also taking part in the 1959 College World Series. To salute his efforts at the school, Garrido, who remains, along with his UT predecessor Cliff Gustafson, as one of only 11 men ever to both play and coach in the CWS, was inducted into the Fresno State Hall of Fame in 1993 and was named the recipient of the school’s Top Dog Award in 2002 as its Alumnus of the Year in athletics.
Upon graduating, Garrido signed a professional contract with the Cleveland Indians and played six years in their minor league system before retiring in 1966 to accept a coaching position at Sierra High School in Tollhouse, Calif.
Three years later, Garrido’s collegiate coaching career would begin as he accepted the head job at San Francisco State in 1969. The Gators went on to post a 25-14 mark in his first collegiate season of coaching.
The new college head coach would then spend his next three seasons at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo (1970-72) and tally an 86-62-1 overall record.
After his stint with the Mustangs, Garrido took the reigns of the Cal State Fullerton program in 1973 and embarked on the first of many highly-successful campaigns with the Titans, forever leaving his mark on the college game. Under his guidance in 1975, Cal State Fullerton celebrated its first season of Division I play by reaching the playoffs and advancing to the CWS. Four years later, in only their second CWS appearance, the Titans won the first of their four national titles. Their second crown followed in 1984 as Garrido’s Titans defeated defending national champion Texas. During his first tour of duty at Fullerton, he recorded a 665-292-6 (.694) mark over 15 seasons.
For the 1988 season, Garrido headed east to Illinois, where, in three years, he led the Fighting Illini to a pair of Big 10 titles, including the schools first in 26 seasons. Before departing Champaign, Garrido compiled a record of 111-57 (.661) and twice led the Illini to the NCAA Tournament.
With the conclusion of Illinois’ 1990 campaign, Garrido returned to Fullerton, where, in six years, he guided the Titans to a 264-99 (.727) record and was named the Big West Conference Coach of the Year for the second time in his career (1987 and 1995). During that run, his 1995 Titans club won their final 18 games of the season en route to posting a 57-9 record and capturing Fullerton’s third national title. Over his 21-year tenure at CSFU, Garrido produced a remarkable record of 929-391-6 (.703), while netting seven CWS appearances, one runner-up finish and three national crowns.
Garrido’s name is also held in high regard when people speak of his accomplishments in the College World Series. He is currently tied for second with five National Championships (trailing only Rod Dedeaux’s 10 at USC) and 15 appearances (trailing Cliff Gustafson with 17), and ranks third in victories (41) and series games (63) among all-time coaches. He is also one of only eight men in history to coach two or more different teams in the CWS and only the third Longhorns head coach (Bibb Falk & Cliff Gustafson) in the 121 completed years of Texas baseball to lead the Horns to Omaha. He was one of three coaches named to the College World Series Legends Team in 2010.
Along with his collegiate baseball coaching career, Garrido, who was selected for induction into both the Texas Sports and Titan Athletics halls of fame in 2005, has also served as an assistant coach on Team USA in 1990, took his 1979 National Champion Fullerton team to Taiwan on a Goodwill Tour and has managed in the Alaska Summer League. In the fall of 2008, Garrido was inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor, and in the summer of 2013 he was inducted into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame. In January 2016, he was enshrined in the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. This May, Garrido received an Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations for his lifelong commitment to hard work and sacrifice. He will be inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in July.