2021 College Baseball Coaching Changes Tracker
As we do every year, Baseball America is tracking the latest news and movement in the college baseball coaching market. Though the season is just underway, there are already slated to be five openings this summer as a result of two retirements in the first two months of the year and three programs operating under the direction of interim head coaches following changes last year.
The coronavirus pandemic resulted in much less coaching turnover than usual during 2020. Just 14 jobs opened—about half what the market had been averaging—and most of those changes were a result of retirement or moves to professional baseball.
The market is expected to be more active this summer, largely at the low- and mid-major levels. But in the coaching market, things can change quickly. Every time there is movement, this story will update.
Former coach: Brian Shoop (retired)
New coach: Perry Roth (interim)
What to know: Shoop retired in May after 31 years as a head coach, the last 14 coming at UAB. He won 1,061 games in his career and led Birmingham Southern to the 2001 NAIA national championship. Roth, who spent the last 14 years at UAB as an assistant under Shoop, was named interim head coach for the 2021 season.
Former coach: Todd Asalon
New coach: TBD
What to know: Asalon announced in February that the 2021 season would be his last. He is retiring after 21 years as the head coach of his alma mater. At the time of his announcement, he had won 692 career games and guided the program through its transition from Division II to Division I.
Former coach: Rob Smith (retired)
New coach: Craig Moore (interim)
What to know: Smith retired in January after eight years as head coach at Ohio. He led the Bobcats to the NCAA Tournament in 2015 and 2017, their first regional appearances since 1997. Moore, who worked as an assistant coach throughout Smith’s tenure, was named interim head coach for the 2021 season.
Former coach: Kerrick Jackson
New coach: Chris Crenshaw (interim)
What to know: Jackson in November was hired away after three seasons as head coach to become the president of the new MLB Draft League, a summer collegiate league. Crenshaw, a Southern alumnus and Jackson’s assistant coach for the last two years, was named interim coach for the 2021 season.
Former coach: Troy Percival
New coach: Justin Johnson (interim)
What to know: Percival, a former All-Star, in November resigned after five seasons as head coach of his alma mater. His resignation was in part brought on by UCR’s uncertain athletic future, as the university reviews whether it wants to sponsor a Division I athletics department. Johnson was named interim head coach after spending the last six years on staff at UCR.