Kent State’s Scott Stricklin has been tabbed as Georgia’s next baseball coach, a person familiar with UGA’s coaching search has confirmed.
Stricklin, 41, had two stints with Georgia Tech as an assistant coach, the last ending in 2004. At Kent State, his alma mater, he has led the Golden Flashes to five NCAA tournament berths and one College World Series appearance (2012) in nine seasons. He is 350-188 in nine years with the Golden Flashes and has led them to five NCAA tournament berths, including the 2012 CWS.
At Georgia, Stricklin will succeed David Perno. Perno was dismissed after 12 years at the end of this past season in which the Bulldogs finished last in the SEC.
Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity would neither confirm nor deny Stricklin’s hire. “I will not have a comment until we have something to announce,” he said.
That announcement is expected to come Monday.
I think this would be a very solid hire. Kent State has been a major player inncollege baseballl under Stricklin and made into the CWS last season. I was enamored by rumors of UVA's O'Connor being lured away. But as Tyler mentions, if Stricklin can pull his pitching coach Mike Birkbeck to Athens it would be a really good hire for Georgia. I'm sure Kent State's record in the classroom as well as on the field helped elevate Stricklin in McGarity's eyes.
For more on what Scott Stricklin has done during his career, the school's bio on him is dripping with bromance.