AUSTIN, Texas - Longhorn legend Augie Garrido, the former head baseball coach for the University of Texas at Austin, has died at the age of 79.
Texas Baseball says Garrido passed on Thursday after being hospitalized following a stroke.
He was college baseball's all-time wins leader and led the Texas Longhorns to two national championships in 2002 and 2005. He won a total of five in his career.
Garrido had a baseball coaching career that spanned six decades. His final 20 seasons were at Texas.
“This is a very, very sad day,” University of Texas Vice President and Athletics Director Chris Del Conte said in a statement. “We lost one of the greatest coaches of all time, a truly special Longhorn Legend and college athletics icon. There will never be another Augie Garrido. He was a once-in-a-lifetime personality whose impact on Texas Athletics, collegiate baseball and the student-athletes he coached extended far beyond the playing field. If you were fortunate enough to have spent time with Augie, or if you followed him in any way, he had a great effect on you with his brilliant combination of wisdom, wit and charm. He was just an incredible coach, molder of men and a great person. He will be missed, but the memories of him and his awesome accomplishments will carry on forever. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Jeannie, and his family."