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Baseball coaching legend Augie Garrido has passed away at age 79.

Garrido was hospitalized Sunday after suffering a stroke. He died Thursday.

He’s a legend not just in college baseball, but in sports in general.

With a coaching career that began in 1969, Garrido amassed 1,975 career victories, which is the most in NCAA baseball history.

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Aside from the impressive win total, he also won five College World Series titles in 15 appearances.

Garrido has left a lasting impression on his peers.

“I coached against him and watched hundreds and hundreds of other coaches, and he’s the best I’ve ever seen,” Skip Bertman said to the Associated Press. The retired Bertman, much like Garrido, won five national titles during his time at LSU.

“He played 90 feet at a time and had great instincts on the field,” Bertman added. “I don’t think he really tried to be anything but himself. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was a fun guy. Most of all, he’s the best baseball coaching mind for college that I know of.”

Garrido spent his final 20 years as a coach at Texas, helping bring a pair of national titles to Austin.

“We lost one of the greatest coaches of all time, a truly special Longhorn legend and college athletics icon,” Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte said. “If you were fortunate enough to have spent time with Augie, or if you followed him in any way, he had a great effect on you with his brilliant combination of wisdom, wit and charm.

“He was just an incredible coach, molder of men and a great person.”

Starting in 1997, Garrido’s meditative approach to coaching took root and turned the Longhorns into a perennial college baseball powerhouse.

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He won his other three national championships in 1979, 1984 and 1995 with Cal State Fullerton.

Garrido’s distinction as the winningest coach in college baseball likely won’t last long: Florida State’s Mike Martin is just 18 wins behind him.

“Augie dedicated his life to making young men better people. He will be deeply missed by myself and many others,” said Martin.

Garrido also coached at San Francisco State, Cal Poly and Illinois.

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Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than five years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics.
Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than five years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics. He graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He is an avid fan of sports, video games, politics and debate.
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