March 1, 2003 |
Joyously pumping his outstretched arm, his index and small fingers extended, Augie Garrido stood outside the dugout at Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium last June and faced the crowd. Legions of Texas baseball fans, a sea of burnt orange and white, returned the "Hook 'em Horns" gesture. Finally, college baseball's winningest active coach felt like he belonged -- all it took was winning the College World Series.
May 24, 2001 |
One of the more intriguing coaching matchups of the first round of the NCAA regional baseball playoffs Friday will take place at Stanford. Long Beach State (35-21) will meet Texas (34-24), bringing together 49er Coach Dave Snow and Longhorn Coach Augie Garrido for the first time on the field since Garrido left Cal State Fullerton after the 1996 season. Snow played for Garrido at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, then became an assistant coach for him after Garrido moved to Fullerton in 1973.
June 10, 2000 |
It was five years ago that he brought Cal State Fullerton to the College World Series and won the national championship, his third with the Titans. Since then, there have been three frustrating seasons on the outside looking in, while the program he took over at Texas struggled. But now, he's back. "People ask me if I'm relieved to be back here," Garrido said. "But it's not that. More than anything, I'm really excited. And I think this gives validity to Texas' decision to hire me."
April 15, 1999 |
Not long after after Augie Garrido left Cal State Fullerton to become coach at Texas, he considered having a house built in Austin. "I decided I'd better build a baseball program before I built a house," Garrido said, laughing. "If I didn't do well, I would just buy a bus to live in, paint it stealth-gray, and then move it every night." Well, it looks as though Garrido won't need the bus to hide from Longhorn fans this season.
May 9, 1997 |
Augie Garrido looks a little out of place deep in the heart of Billy Bob-twang country, standing in front of the Texas dugout at Disch-Falk Field when they play "The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You." Except for those three years he was away at Illinois, Garrido has nearly always been a Californian, the bon vivant baseball coach who lived in Newport Beach, hung around with his movie star pal Kevin Costner, and led Cal State Fullerton to three College World Series championships in three decades.
August 6, 1996 |
Augie Garrido was back at Titan Field Monday for the first day of his summer baseball camp, but it will be only a brief return to Cal State Fullerton before Garrido takes over as coach at Texas. Garrido said he plans to fulfill his commitment to the camp in the next two weeks, then be on the job in Austin when classes start Aug. 28. Texas' program, which hasn't had the kind of success recently that it did in the 1980s under Cliff Gustafson, also appears under the threat of an NCAA penalty.