UF Fires Baseball Coach McMahon
Pat McMahon will not return to coach the Gator baseball team next season, Athletics Director Jeremy Foley announced Thursday. McMahon took over the head coaching position at Florida in June of 2001 and compiled a record of 231-143-1 (.617) during his six seasons directing the Gators. Florida advanced to the NCAA Tournament in four of six years under his guidance and finished as the runner-up at the 2005 College World Series. During his tenure, UF claimed the first two Super Regional berths in school history, a pair of Regional Championships and one SEC crown. In 2005, McMahon was named the College Baseball Foundation National Coach of the Year, ABCA South Region of the Year and the SEC Coach of the Year. There were 61 Academic All-SEC selections at Florida over his first five seasons (the 2007 recipients have yet to be released) and 31 Major League Baseball Draft choices, including recent first-round pick Matt LaPorta. McMahon arrived at Florida after serving for four years as the head coach at SEC Western Division rival Mississippi State. While manning the bench in Starkville, he directed the Bulldogs to a College World Series appearance in 1998, consecutive NCAA Super Regional berths when the format changed in 2000 and 2001 and four-straight NCAA Regional berths. In 2001, the Maroon and White claimed its first SEC Tournament title since 1990 and reached NCAA Super Regional play for the second season in a row en route to a 39-24 mark.
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