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University of Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano announced his intention to resign at the end of the Volunteers season on Monday, which means the college baseball coaching carousel is officially going for the 2017 season.
Serrano’s resignation isn’t surprising. The long-time head coach had a sneaking suspicion last May that 2016 would be his final campaign with the Vols. However, he was granted another year and the Vols have failed to take care of business this spring, sitting at just 27-22 overall, 7-18 in the SEC, along with an RPI of 40, while also looking unlikely to be in next week’s SEC tournament in Hoover, Ala.
Serrano spent six seasons with the Vols, guiding them to their best record in his tenure in 2014 with a 31-23 overall mark and 12-18 SEC record. Serrano was an incredibly successful head coach during his time at UC Irvine, and was thought to be a splash hire for the Volunteers. We still consider Serrano to be a very solid head coach, but it’s also a testament to the idea that some coach-program fits simply don’t work out.
“Six years ago, Tennessee gave me a wonderful opportunity to be in charge of their baseball program. As I shared with my team today when you are given those opportunities being average isn’t good enough,” Serrano told D1Baseball. “So despite my love and passion for that school and baseball program, I felt it was best to allow someone else to take it to the top.”
With Serrano’s resignation, the question must be posed: What’s the feeling about the Tennessee job on the national stage? Well, it’s not particularly great. With what Vanderbilt is doing over in Nashville under coach Tim Corbin, the UT job leaves something to be desired. It’s not an easy location to recruit to, the Vols still have some work to do from a facilities standpoint and there’s some incredibly stiff competition in the region with North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Louisville and Clemson, among others.
So, who are five coaches the Volunteers should take a hard look at during the search process?
It’s time to find out, and why.
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