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Jim Schlossnagle named next Texas baseball head coach

Jim Schlossnagle named next Texas baseball head coach

Jim Schlossnagle named next Texas baseball head coach

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Jim Schlossnagle (Photo by Eddie Kelly/ProLook Photos)

Texas named Jim Schlossnagle as its next head coach on Tuesday. The Longhorns signed him away from archrival Texas A&M less than 24 hours after the Aggies lost to Tennessee in the College World Series finals.

It’s been a whirlwind 36 hours in Austin. Athletic director Chris Del Conte on Monday morning fired coach David Pierce, who led the program for eight years and guided the Longhorns to three CWS appearances. By the end of the workday Tuesday, Schlossnagle had accepted the job.

The move will be the most expensive in the history of college baseball. It will cost Texas $2.7 million just to hire Schlossnagle, the largest purchase ever paid to hire a college baseball coach for more than double that amount. His salary will also surely be among the highest in the sport.

Rumors of such a move date back years, but this month accelerated to a much greater degree. Schlossnagle and Del Conte worked together for several years at TCU and that partnership helped the Horned Frogs reach the CWS four times. Del Conte left TCU in December 2016 to become AD at Texas. Schlossnagle himself left TCU after the 2021 season, but for A&M, not Texas. Now, however, they will reunite in Austin with the goal of taking Texas back to the top of college baseball.

Schlossnagle, the 2016 Baseball America Coach of the Year, is 946-455 in 23 seasons as a head coach at A&M, TCU and UNLV. He has taken his teams to Omaha seven times, including two of the last three seasons at A&M. He led the Aggies to a 53-15 record this season and a second-place finish in the CWS, the best season in program history.

Schlossnagle now arrives in Austin at a key turning point for the Longhorns. Texas will officially move on to the SEC next week. While it has still been a relatively regular Omaha participant over the past 15 years, it hasn’t won a national championship since 2005 and last year LSU won its seventh CWS title to surpass Texas for the second-most national championships in the history of college baseball.

Schlossnagle’s move also adds spice to a rivalry that is about to be reignited in earnest. Texas and A&M are archrivals, but their meetings on the diamond have been mostly limited to midweek games since Texas left the Big 12 for the SEC more than a decade ago. But now that they are conference partners again, they will resume the annual weekend series. Next year’s matchup didn’t need anything additional, but Tuesday’s move added gasoline to the fire of the rivalry.