Veteran coach let go after 23 years with team

Nick Cremona

Texas baseball let go one of its oldest members Wednesday afternoon when associate head coach Tommy Harmon’s contract was not renewed for the 2012-2013 season.

Serving as an assistant under both Cliff Gustafson and Augie Garrido for the past 23 years, Harmon was the longest-tenured coach on any Texas coaching staff.

Harmon played on the UT baseball team from 1968 until 1970, and helped Texas to nine total College World Series appearances as a coach, including two National Title victories.

In a statement released by the school, Garrido said of letting Harmon go, “This has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make.”

The news came after the Longhorns failed to make the NCAA Tournament field for the first time since 1998.

“I bleed orange and I wish the best for the student-athletes on the team,” Harmon said in UT’s statement.