TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said he wouldn’t be where he is without Augie Garrido, who stepped down as coach at Texas on Monday.
“I wouldn’t have the job I have if it wasn’t for a guy like him, because he elevated the game,” Schlossnagle said, speaking to reporters at the Horned Frogs’ NCAA regional watch party. “A place like TCU has invested in college baseball because places like Texas and LSU and USC and Arizona State, they set the bar.”
Garrido, 77, is the winningest coach in college baseball history, with 1,975 victories. He won three College World Series championships at Cal State Fullerton and two at Texas.
He’s meant a lot to me, and he’s also been a great personal friend. Especially in the last couple of years, we’ve grown a lot closer.
TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle, on Augie Garrido
“He’s meant a lot to me, and he’s also been a great personal friend,” Schlossnagle said. “I can bounce things off of him, which I’ve done. Especially in the last couple of years, we’ve grown a lot closer.”
TCU ended Texas’ season on Saturday, winning an elimination game at the Big 12 tournament.
Garrido told reporters he would not quit. Texas said in a statement Monday that Garrido was “relinquishing his duties” and would become a special assistant in the athletic department. Reports of Garrido’s status began during the NCAA selection show on Monday morning.
“I’m sick for him in terms of the way it’s gone down, but that doesn’t overshadow an amazing career,” Schlossnagle said.