University of Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido made history on Longhorn Network on Tuesday night, earning career victory No. 1,894 with a 5-1 victory over Texas State. Garrido, 75, is now college baseball’s all-time winningest coach at any level.
“The only thing 1,894 wins proves is that you are old,” Garrido, who has led Texas to two national titles since his tenure in Austin began in 1997, told The Daily Texan. “But it still feels good.”
Longhorn Network play-by-play commentator Kevin Dunn shares his thoughts on Garrido and the historic game.
What was it like to call this milestone game? Was there one memorable moment?
The moment was in the ninth inning with two outs. We flashed to Augie. You could see it on his face that he was relieved it was about to be over. But I just thought about how many wins and games he has been part of – and if anyone can ever match that record.
What was Coach Garrido’s demeanor like during the game?
He treated it like any other game. I actually had the chance to interview him in the fifth inning when Texas was up 5-0. When I asked him what this game would mean to him, he responded, “Ignoring this game would be selfish because this game belongs to so many more people than just me, and is a testament to all of them and their hard work over the years.”
Did you get a chance to speak with Augie after the game?
I actually texted him to tell him congratulations and thank him for being so professional. He texted back and said, “Thanks for your kind words. Your friendship is more important to me than winning.”
Does that exemplify what kind of a man Coach Garrido is?
Absolutely. There’s a lot more to him than people think. There’s a realness and authenticity to him that you don’t get with every coach. He’s a true pro in every sense of the word and definitely someone to learn from.
Kristy Ozmun and Tyler Stevens contributed to this post