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‘One of the greatest coaches of all time’: What people are saying about the passing of Augie Garrido

Posted March 15th, 2018

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Augie Garrido, the winningest coach in college baseball history who led Texas baseball to two national championships, died Thursday morning in California. He was 79. 

The news came in the late morning on March 15.

Read: Augie Garrido, college baseball’s winningest coach, passes away at 79

In a statement, Texas athletics director Chris del Conte said Thursday that “This is a very, very sad day.”

“We lost one of the greatest coaches of all time, a truly special Longhorn Legend and college athletics icon. There will never be another Augie Garrido. He was a once-in-a-lifetime personality whose impact on Texas Athletics, collegiate baseball and the student-athletes he coached extended far beyond the playing field.”

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Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart said in a statement:

“Augie was a mentor of mine, and I’m heartbroken about that. I don’t know what to say. I loved Augie. He taught me so much in the time we were together. He taught me so much about the fact that what we were doing in our case is so much bigger than basketball, and in his case was so much bigger than baseball. One of the things about Augie was he was so far ahead of his time with that stuff. It was frustrating at times for him. People didn’t see what he saw. He saw in me that at least I had an appreciation for that. I’m just going to miss our conversations man, because he taught me so much.”

Many on social media echoed Smart’s and del Conte’s sentiments.

PHOTOS: Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido through the years

Huston Street, who Garrido once said was the best Longhorn he had ever coached, tweeted this on Thursday:

Read on to see what Texas coaches, players and fans had to say about Garrido’s passing:

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