UT fires baseball coach

UT fires baseball coach

May 23rd, 2011 by Patrick Brown in Local - Breaking News

University of Tennessee baseball coach Todd Raleigh

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KNOXVILLE - Following four underwhelming years, Tennessee fired baseball coach Todd Raleigh on Monday afternoon.

The Volunteers didn't qualify for the eight-team Southeastern Conference tournament in any of Raleigh's seasons. He went 108-113 overall and 42-78 in the SEC after being hired from Western Carolina in 2008.

"We feel our baseball program, unfortunately, has not made the progress on the field that it should have over the last four years," UT athletic director Mike Hamilton said in a university release.

"We believe a change in leadership is necessary in order to move the program forward. We appreciate Todd's efforts and wish him the best in all future endeavors."

UT will pay a buyout of $331,657.33 over the next 12 months, a sum that includes the base salary from the final year of Raleigh's contract and additional money from broadcast and shoe apparel fees.

For more on this story, read Tuesday's Times Free Press.