KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Two coaches fired in two months, and just like that, new Vols athletic director John Currie is in the spotlight and on the clock.
Currie’s most recent transaction led to Dave Serrano’s resignation on Wednesday as baseball coach, a sport where Tennessee has not made the NCAA Tournament since 2005 and currently sits 27-22 and 7-18 in the SEC.
The Vols are traditionally lousy in the SEC in baseball, despite a rich recruiting base in their back yard that has produced several major leaguers including Colorado Rockies all-time great and hall of fame candidate Todd Helton.
Currie officially began his tenure as athletic director at Tennessee on April 1 after serving in that same position at Kansas State since 2009.
Before that, Currie was an administrator with the Vols dating back to 1997, so he’s well aware of the baseball struggles, and he was a part of the previous — and fruitless — efforts to fix the program.
Currie built $210 million in facilities at Kansas State, and the Wildcats won a Big 12 title while he was there.
But can he build a baseball facility at Tennessee and hire a coach that can guide the program to success?
Currie is also looking for a tennis coach, so there are plenty of things keeping him busy, as Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward discuss on today’s podcast.