Texas suspends baseball coach after DWI arrest

AUSTIN, Texas (AP)—University of Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido was suspended indefinitely with pay Saturday after his early morning arrest on a drunken driving charge.

Police stopped the winningest coach in major college baseball near downtown Austin just before 1 a.m. Saturday after an officer became suspicious of his driving, Austin police detective James Mason said. Garrido was arrested after he failed a field sobriety test and was booked into the Travis County Jail, Mason said.

Garrido, 69, was not in the jail Saturday afternoon, jail officials said. They did not release details on his custody status, bond nor whether he had an attorney.

Garrido’s phone number was unlisted.

DeLoss Dodds, the school’s men’s athletic director, said Garrido will be suspended with pay until school officials can gather more information.

“This is a difficult and regrettable situation that we are taking very seriously,” Dodds said in a statement. “I spoke with Coach Garrido and he’s devastated and realizes he made a serious mistake. He deeply regrets putting the university in this position and will act quickly to do what’s right.”

Garrido has been the Longhorns’ head coach since 1996 after coaching at four schools, most successfully at Cal State-Fullerton.

He has led the Longhorns to the College World Series in five of the past eight seasons. Two of those wins—in 2002 and 2005, the same years he was named national coach of the year—were among his five career national titles.

Garrido became the winningest coach in NCAA Division I baseball history in 2003 by capturing his 1,428th career win. He has won 1,629 games in nearly four decades of coaching, and is one of only two coaches in Division I baseball history with 1,600 or more career victories.


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  • by Frank Location: Midland on Jan 18, 2009 at 02:26 PM
    It's a shame that this had to happen. Augie has had a great run as the coach. From a public relations standpoint the university is in a tough spot on this DWI. I wonder if they will fill compelled to take action by firing or suspending.
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