Maryland baseball head coach John Szefc, who made the Terrapins a consistent contender in the Big Ten, will leave to take the same position at Virginia Tech.
“I’m thrilled, humbled and honored to begin this new challenge at Virginia Tech,” Szefc said in a statement Friday. “The opportunity to return to the ACC and have our team play in an amazing baseball facility simply added to the appeal of coaching the Hokies.”
It took just one season for Szefc to win 40 games and bring a struggling Maryland program back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1971. It was the first of three NCAA tournament appearances the Terps made in five years under his tutelage. He won 180 games at the helm for Maryland.
Szefc was the first coach in program history to lead his team to five straight 30-win seasons. No other Maryland coach brought the Terrapins to an NCAA Super Regional until Szefc, who did so in 2014 and 2015. The team finished the 2015 season with a No. 14 ranking and 2014 with a No. 13 ranking, a program record, from USA Today.
“John did a tremendous job taking Maryland baseball to new heights,” Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson said in a statement Friday. “The foundation John laid helped put Maryland on the college baseball map. He created a winning culture that we could all be proud of.”
The team will start an immediate national search for a new head coach. Hitting coach Rob Vaughn is one of the coaches experts are predicting as a replacement.
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