Baseball America has confirmed a tweet by Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that Texas Christian associate head coach Randy Mazey will be the new head coach at West Virginia.
In six years at TCU, Mazey has done an outstanding job handling a Horned Frogs pitching staff that annually ranks among the nation's best. He has been a big part of TCU's rise to national prominence—a rise that has included three trips to super regionals in the last four years. But he also has experience as successful head coach. Before arriving in Fort Worth, Mazey spent three years as the head coach at East Carolina, leading the Pirates to a 120-66-1 record and three straight regionals. The Pirates won a school-record 51 games under Mazey in 2004.
Mazey's first stint as a head coach came at Charleston Southern, where he was hired at age 27 in 1994. In 1996, he led the Buccaneers to regionals for the first time in school history. He departed the following year to serve as recruiting coordinator and pitching coach at Georgia, then headed to ECU as an assistant. He started his coaching career at his alma mater, Clemson, in 1990.
Mazey faces plenty an uphill battle at West Virginia, which moves to the Big 12 next season but lacks Big 12-caliber facilities. If the Mountaineers are serious about increasing their commitment to the program—and indications suggest they are serious—this could be a very good job.
Previous coach Greg Van Zant had to make due with fewer than nine scholarships for most of his tenure, but the program now funds the full 11.7 scholarships, which was a critical first step.
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