Georgia parts ways with baseball coach Scott Stricklin after 10 seasons
Georgia announced on Friday that it would be parting ways with baseball coach Scott Stricklin. The Bulldogs went 29-27 this past season, Stricklin’s 10th in charge of the program.
Georgia athletic director Josh Brooks commented on the news via a statement put out by the school.
“I want to thank Scott for his service to our athletic department over the last 10 years,” Brooks said. “After much thought and deliberation, we feel it is in the best interest of our baseball program to move in a different direction. We will begin immediately the process of a national search to identify the next leader of our baseball team. We extend best wishes to Scott and his family, and a sincere thank you for their time at the University of Georgia.”
Georgia’s season came to an end on Tuesday as the Bulldogs lost 9-0 in the first game of the SEC tournament. Georgia went 11-19 in SEC play this season and finished 11th in the conference. The Bulldogs went 29-27, their fewest wins in a season since 2017.
During his 10 seasons running the program, Georgia went 299-236-1. In SEC play, the Bulldogs amassed a record of 121-146-1. Georgia hired Stricklin back in 2014 after he had led Kent State, his alma mater, for five seasons. He led Kent State to the College World Series in 2012
Stricklin reached the NCAA tournament three times while in charge at Georgia. The Bulldogs hosted regionals in 2018 and 2019 but were unable to advance to the Super Regionals. Georgia made the NCAA tournament in 2022 but will almost certainly miss it this season. Stricklin’s best team likely would’ve been the 2020 team, but that season was canceled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. The Bulldogs started that year 14-4 and had two star pitchers in Emerson Hancock and Cole Wilcox.
The 2019 season saw Georgia go 46-17 and a school-best 21-9 in SEC play. The 2019 season marked the first time in school history that Georgia hosted regionals in consecutive years.
Stricklin had three seasons left on his contract, which was set to run through the 2026 season. Per a report from USA Today, Stricklin made $655,000 this season. That ranked 10th out of the 14 programs in the SEC.