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.
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The news came in the late morning on March 15.
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.”
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.
Huston Street, who Garrido once said was the best Longhorn he had ever coached, tweeted this on Thursday:
Pressure is a choice
The world treats winners different than losers
Time is the ultimate game
Passion will persuade reality
Coach you’ve been a genius for so many of us. A friend, our charming second Dad we all thought was just so cool
I love you forever
RIP AUGIE GARRIDO pic.twitter.com/66KOTtMxjf
— Huston Street (@HustonStreet) March 15, 2018
Read on to see what Texas coaches, players and fans had to say about Garrido’s passing:
It’s a very sad day for Baseball and his many friends. We lost Augie this morning. He was one of a kind. A special man. He will be missed. RIP my friend! pic.twitter.com/gi8e2owxoN
— Mack Brown (@ESPN_CoachMack) March 15, 2018
The winningest coach in college baseball history, Augie Garrido was first and foremost an educator. He coached young men to do more than play baseball, and his impact lasted long after their playing days. He is deeply missed, and we’re honoring his life with a dark Tower tonight https://t.co/0wotZanvFd
— Greg Fenves (@gregfenves) March 15, 2018
R.I.P. to one of the greatest baseball men I’ve ever gotten to meet: Augie Garrido. I’ve learned so much from Coach Garrido. A man that taught me that an intimate relationship with your players is the key to a winning culture. pic.twitter.com/c0ZesAipsB
— Matt Lisle (@CoachLisle) March 15, 2018
Ugh. Devastating news. Covering and getting to know Augie Garrido will forever be one of the highlights of my career. Not just the greatest of all time, but a great person as well. RIP Augie. https://t.co/KOF0JEnBPi
— Mike Berman (@MikeBermanNBC) March 15, 2018
I can always say I got to play against Augie Garrido in my life. Love him or hate him, college baseball lost a legend today
— Chase Hernandez (@chasehernandez) March 15, 2018
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