Georgia dismisses baseball coach Scott Stricklin

Credit: Tony Walsh/UGAAA

Credit: Tony Walsh/UGAAA

Georgia fired baseball coach Scott Stricklin on Friday afternoon.

Stricklin had just completed his 10th season as the Bulldogs’ coach, with Georgia losing to South Carolina on Tuesday in a one-and-done in the SEC Tournament to finish the season with a 29-27 record, 11-19 in the SEC.

“I want to thank Scott for his service to our athletic department over the last 10 years,” athletic director Josh Brooks said in a statement released by the athletic department. “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.”

Stricklin had three years remaining on his contract. His teams posted an overall record of 299-236-1, including 121-146-1 in SEC games. The Bulldogs made three NCAA Tournament appearances, but never advanced beyond the regionals.

Stricklin expressed his gratitude on Facebook Friday night.

“The Stricklin family will always be thankful, grateful and appreciative of being able to be Georgia Bulldogs,” he said in his post. “We love this community, this university and all of the friends that have come our way since moving here in 2013. I don’t know exactly what comes next but I know I am going to spend time with my family (and) be focused on being the best husband, father and friend I can be.”