Coaches around the nation expect a busy coaching carousel this summer. Ohio State remains the only high-profile job that has become vacant, but two mid-majors made coaching changes today. Western Michigan announced it will not renew Randy Ford's contract, while Central Arkansas announced the resignation of Doug Clark.
Ford spent six seasons at the helm in Kalamazoo, but the Broncos struggled through a 12-42 season this spring, finishing last in the Mid-American Conference (5-22). The buzz in the upper Midwest is that WMU's stadium renovations are at a standstill, and the program would have to commit significantly more resources to baseball to attract one of the region's top candidates, like Minnesota assistant Rob Fornasiere or Michigan assistant Bob Keller.
Clark went 209-213-2 in eight seasons at UCA, but the Bears went 19-35-1 this year and finished 11th in the Southland Conference. UCA completed its transition to Division I this year and was eligible for the conference tournament. The Bears have made numerous improvements to their facilities in recent years.
“I would expect the candidate pool to be vast," director of athletics Dr. Bob Teague said in a statement. “There is great interest in our program on many levels. This is a great place to come and build a baseball program."
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