Interview with Augie Garrido, college baseball’s all-time winningest coach

spring16Inside Pitch recently caught up with University of Texas head coach Augie Garrido, NCAA Division I’s all-time winningest coach. The only coach in baseball history to tally 1,900 or more career wins is currently in his 20th season at Texas and 48th season as a head coach overall, with previous stops at Illinois and Cal State Fullerton. He has led the Longhorns to a combined 12 Big 12 titles (regular season and tournament), eight College World Series, two national titles and two second-place finishes. Garrido was the first coach to lead two different schools to national crowns (Fullerton & Texas), guide his teams 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).

IP caught up with the recent ABCA Hall of Fame inductee to talk about learning, recruiting, pressure, expectations and more:

IP: What does being an ABCA Hall of Fame inductee mean to you?

AG: “It’s always an honor to be recognized by a group like the ABCA or to gain any kind of recognition. But it is about baseball, and baseball is the ultimate team sport. If you look at a baseball game, you know the truth about it. By the end of the day, you’ve seen some 240 pitches. The game is so subtle that its nuances don’t even allow an expert to dish out the percentage of credit that goes to the coaches on a coaching staff. If that’s the truth- and I know that it is- then let’s let everybody have the ‘ice cream’ and enjoy the good, because there’s plenty of the negative that goes along with it. It belongs to everyone. Who we finally become is a result of the people that we work with, the players, the coaches, the staff, and the people we meet as the result of having the privilege to be a baseball coach.”

IP: As a longtime head coach, how have you been able to learn about the game and coaching in general, as opposed to a longtime assistant coach that gets to learn from several other head coaches?Read the rest