IRVING — Texas athletic director Mike Perrin was asked Wednesday about the search to replace Augie Garrido, the winningest baseball coach in NCAA Division I history.
“Did I hear you say replace?,” Perrin said. “You can’t replace Augie. There’s only one Augie.”
In his first public comments since Monday’s announcement that Garrido was being reassigned, Perrin said he’ll probably lean toward someone with college coaching experience. However, there’s no timetable on naming a successor.
Perrin added that Garrido will be “a real strength and asset” in his new role as a special assistant.
“I’ll be looking for somebody who has experience running a program of what we expect and what we’ve had at the University of Texas,” Perrin said after the day-long Big 12 spring meetings ended at the Four Seasons Resort and Club. “I haven’t started the formal search. I’ll be doing so shortly.
“I’m delighted that Augie’s going to be there with me,” he added. “As you well know, he’s a delightful personality with interesting ways of looking at things.”
Some names have already started to surface, including Florida’s Kevin O’Sullivan and Virginia’s Brian O’Connor. Other names, like former UT All-Americans Keith Moreland and Spike Owen, have also been mentioned.
As for whether he’d hire someone with no college coaching experience, Perrin said, “I’ve been asked that and still reflecting on that, but probably not.
“I think the difference in scheduling, recruiting and player development and all that is such that I would probably lean heavily toward someone with extensive college experience,” he said.
Perrin said he has not discussed the possibility of Garrido assisting with the search.
“I would certainly value his input on individuals, trends, history,” Perrin said. “He’s a master of the game, so I value his opinion in all things.”
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