UNC Greensboro announced it is not renewing the contract of coach Mike Gaski after 22 seasons. Gaski, who is heavily involved with USA Baseball as its president since 2001, was let go after a 25-27 season that included a 10-20 Southern Conference record.
He's the only coach in the history of the program and leaves with a 657-540-1 record, with regional appearances in 1994 and 1997.
The Spartans' job is attractive for a mid-major position because of the strength of the Southern Conference, which usually gets more than one regional bid, and the excellent UNCG Baseball Stadium, one of the best mid-major ballparks in the Southeast. It opened in 1999.
Three prominent names linked to the opening include Red Sox national crosschecker Mike Rikard, Elon coach Mike Kennedy and Auburn assistant coach Link Jarrett. Rikard played at UNCG, coached at Wake Forest as an assistant and was a head coach in the Cape Cod League, but has been in scouting since 2002. Kennedy coaches at his alma mater but wouldn't have to move to take the UNCG job, which would afford him a public school's advantages and a better ballpark. Jarrett played at Florida State and has a successful track record as an assistant.
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