August Edmun Garrido, Jr.
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 190 lb.
Augie Garrido was for a time the winningest coach in NCAA Division I baseball history. He led his schools to 15 College World Series and was the first coach to win the CWS at two different schools (Andy Lopez would be the second).
Garrido played his college ball at Fresno State University, where he played in the 1959 College World Series. From 1961 to 1966, he was a player in the Cleveland Indians organization, peaking with the Portland Beavers in the Pacific Coast League.
Garrido left pro ball after the 1966 season to accept a high school coaching position. In 1969, he won his first NCAA game as head coach at San Francisco State University. He then coached at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo for three years (1970-1972).
Coach Garrido's first national success was at Cal State Fullerton. In two stints in Fullerton (1973-87, 1991-96), Garrido won 929 games, three NCAA titles, and 17 conference titles. His time in Fullerton was broken up by three years at the University of Illinois (1988-1990), where he won two Big Ten titles.
When Garrido's 1975 Fullerton team earned a top 10 ranking nationally at year's end, it was the first time any school had done that in their first year in NCAA Division I. It would be 16 years until a Cal State Northridge team led by Garrido disciple Bill Kernen became the second.
Replacing legendary coach Cliff Gustafson, Garrido took over at the University of Texas in 1997. He has added two more NCAA titles for a total of five. In addition, he passed Gustafson as the all-time leader in wins at the Division I level. Through 2013, he had a record of 1,847-847-9 in his 45-year college baseball coaching career.
Garrido has coached Golden Spikes Award winners Tim Wallach, Phil Nevin, and Mark Kotsay. Eleven of his players have been drafted in the first round of the amateur draft and five have been named MVP of the College World Series.
In January of 2009, Garrido was arrested and charged with suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Garrido pled guilty to the charge in February 2009. The University of Texas suspended Garrido for the first four games of the 2009 season.
In May 2016, Garrido stepped aside as coach at Texas, accepting a position as special assistant to the athletic director. He retired with a record of 1,975-952-9 in 48 years as a head coach. He held the all-time NCAA reocrd of wins until passed by Mike Martin in 2018, a few months after he had passed away in March at the age of 79.
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- David Adler: "Baseball world mourns legendary coach Garrido: Five-time College World Series champion passes away at age 79", mlb.com, March 15, 2018.