TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama baseball coach Mitch Gaspard has resigned from his position, athletic director Bill Battle announced Monday.
During his seven seasons as head coach, Gaspard compiled a 234-193 record.
“Mitch and I met last Friday to discuss how the season has gone and possibilities for postseason play,” Battle said in a school news release. “At that time, he expressed to me his wishes to resign as baseball coach. While that conversation was supposed to serve as a prelude to our annual postseason discussion on the state of the program, I accepted his resignation only on the basis that it would not officially be in effect until our season had formally concluded. It’s clear to me that Mitch had made up his mind, and I respect his wishes.”
Alabama missed the NCAA tournament this season after finishing the year 32-26 overall, including 15-15 in Southeastern Conference play. Alabama’s season ended in a 5-4 loss to Florida in the SEC tournament last week.
Gaspard’s .548 winning percentage ranks among the 10 best for Alabama baseball coaches.
“Last Friday afternoon, I notified our Director of Athletics, Bill Battle, of my intention to resign as head baseball coach at The University of Alabama at the conclusion of this season,” Gaspard said in a school news release. “It’s a decision that has not been an easy one, but something that I have been considering for a while now. We have consistently fielded a competitive program in the nation’s finest conference throughout our seven seasons at Alabama, but I feel this is the right time to make a change – not only for me, but for the program as a whole.”