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Jim Schlossnagle hired as Texas baseball coach, replacing David Pierce

Jim Schlossnagle hired as Texas baseball coach, replacing David Pierce

Jim Schlossnagle hired as Texas baseball coach, replacing David Pierce

As it tries to regain its standing among college baseball’s elite programs, Texas has turned to a rival for help, naming Texas A&M’s Jim Schlossnagle as the program’s 14th head coach.

Schlossnagle, who just led the Aggies to the College World Series championship series, replaces David Pierce, whose eight-year career in Austin ended Monday.

Schlossnagle, 53, has spent the last three seasons at A&M. He also coached at TCU from 2004-21 and UNLV from 2002-03 and has a career record of 946-455. He has taken seven teams to the CWS, and his last trip ended with Monday night’s 6-5 loss to Tennessee in Game 3 of the championship series.

News of Schlossnagle’s move from College Station to Austin was first reported Tuesday by 247Sports. A source later confirmed the news to the American-Statesman.

What does Jim Schlossnagle inherit in Texas?

Despite leading the athletic departments at Rice, TCU and Texas since 2006, UT athletic director Chris Del Conte had never hired a head baseball coach. At Schlossnagle, however, he found some familiarity as his time at TCU overlapped from 2009 to 2017.

Schlossnagle is also quite familiar with Texas. He has compiled a 24-16 record against the Longhorns and his TCU teams competed in the Big 12 alongside UT from 2013-21. Over the past three years, his Aggies eliminated Texas from the 2022 College World Series and beat the Longhorns in a 2024 regional game.

In Austin, Schlossnagle inherits a program that is anything but oppressed. The Longhorns went 36-24 this season and are just one year away from winning their third Big 12 championship under Pierce. Outfielder Max Belyeu, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year, is among the talents who could return next season.

“The future of this program is going to be in good hands and it’s going to be in a good place,” Pierce said after the Longhorns’ season-ending 10-2 regional loss to Louisiana on June 2.

But in a program that has made 38 CWS appearances and won six national championships, the Longhorns have not lived up to the expectations set by coaches like William Disch, Bibb Falk, Cliff Gustafson and Augie Garrido. Texas last came to Omaha in 2022 and went 1-2 in regional play this season. The 2025 season will mark the 20th anniversary of UT’s last dogpile in Omaha.

Schlossnagle week moved from CWS to UT

Schlossnagle’s decision to leave A&M for Texas probably surprised some fans. After all, the Aggies went 53-15 this season and came within one win of winning their first national championship in baseball. Schlossnagle joins Ray Tanner as the only CWS runner-up coaches who did not return to their teams the following season. Tanner became South Carolina’s athletic director after Arizona defeated his Gamecocks for the 2012 title.

Details of Schlossnagle’s deal at Texas were not immediately available, but he was making $1.35 million at A&M in 2024. A stipulation in his contract with A&M calls for a buyout of double his salary if he leaves the Aggies for another school in the state.

Schlossnagle also downplayed the possibility of him accepting the UT job in a fiery response after the Aggies’ season ended Monday night. During the post-game press conference, he stated emphatically that “I took the job at Texas A&M to never take another job again and that hasn’t changed in my opinion.

“I gave up a huge part of my life to take this job, and I’ve poured every ounce of my soul into this job, and I’ve given this job every ounce I can give it,” Schlossnagle added.

Texas’ poaching of Schlossnagle should add some spice to a rivalry that has featured 382 all-time games. Texas will officially join the Southeastern Conference next week; The baseball teams were among the few programs at Texas and A&M that have played regularly since the Aggies left the Big 12 in 2012. But they are about to become conference foes again. The SEC already designated Texas A&M as one of UT’s two permanent rivals on the schedule in a 16-team conference.

This is a developing story that will be updated.