Former Texas head coach and college baseball icon Augie Garrido passed away one year ago. Coaching colleagues, players, and administrators still use lessons learned from a man they considered a friend, August Edmun Garrido, Jr.
Augie Garrido never pretended to be a Texan. In fact, he never pretended to be anything other than what he was, which was many things that at first glance did not seem to be Texan at all. His voice was certainly not anything like his predecessor, Cliff Gustafson, who might be the very definition of "Texan." He drank wine and talked about psychology and hung out with Kevin Costner.
Augie Garrido was a giant in the college baseball world. He could have made himself bigger than the game. He had every right to as well. Fifteen trips to Omaha, eight while head coach of the Texas Longhorns, five total College World Series championships, twenty conference championships, and the all-time leader in wins. He didn’t, and that’s what made him even more special.
College baseball’s all-time wins leader and five-time National Championship coach was 79 years old. Augie Garrido, one of college baseball’s legendary coaches who claimed five National Championships, the final two at Texas, passed away early Thursday morning at the age of 79.
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.
Disappointing seasons sure are disappointing, especially when they come on the heels of another disappointing season. When four of the last five seasons have been disappointing for Texas Baseball, well, I think you get the picture.
Most of you, I would suspect, will not agree with what I'm about to say. If you are on this site, you probably are serious about your Longhorns, you have high expectations for UT sports teams, and you want the school to always strive to do the right thing. Which is why Augie Garrido should be allowed to finish his contract next year as the Texas baseball coach.