Following Alabama’s announcement that former baseball coach Mitch Gaspard had resigned, Gaspard shared a letter expressing his appreciation to the university, his players and Crimson Tide baseball fans via the program’s Twitter account.
In the letter, Gaspard said he did not come to this decision easily, and he believes it’s the best outcome for everyone involved.
“I can say without any doubt, it is the most difficult decision I have ever had to make,” Gaspard said in the letter. “But, I feel that the time is right — not only for me, but for this program. Our players, my staff, and my family have put everything we have into this program, and they deserve the best.”
Gaspard expressed gratitude toward Alabama baseball fans for their support of the team.
“I am thankful to our fans who have supported our teams in Sewell-Thomas Stadium and all across the country,” Gaspard said. “While the program isn’t where we all hoped it would be, we definitely are a winning program. We have accomplished a lot of great things, on and off the field, and we’ve done it right.”
Most of all, Gaspard wanted to share his appreciation for his players.
“Finally, and from the deepest part of my soul, I am thankful to all the young men and their families that entrusted their futures to us, to attend The University of Alabama and to proudly wear the Crimson Tide uniform,” Gaspard said. “We enjoyed our successes, helped each other through our struggles, and I fervently believe that our young men grew as students and as people from their experience.”
After spending several years as an assistant coach with the Tide, Gaspard was hired as Alabama’s head baseball coach prior to the 2010 season. Over the past seven seasons, he has a win percentage of .548 with the Crimson Tide. Alabama finished the 2016 season with a record of 32-26 and a conference record of 15-15.
Alabama was not selected for the NCAA tournament this season. Alabama was eliminated in the third round of the SEC tournament by Florida, falling to the Gators with a final score of 5-4.