Retires After 24 Vanderbilt Years 5/19/02
baseball coach Roy Mewbourne, who won over 900 games in a
30-year collegiate coaching career, announced his retirement
immediately following todays season ending game at Tennessee.
regarded as one of the deans of SEC baseball, was instrumental
in the realization of the Commodores new baseball home,
the $5.8 million Hawkins Field.
had a 655-608-9 record in 24 years at Vanderbilt, easily the
winningest baseball coach in school history. He compiled
a 922-682-9 overall record over 30 years. The Commodores
were 24-27 this season.
is time to turn the program over to someone else, Mewbourne
said. I feel that I have taken the program as
far as I can. I am proud of what has been accomplished.
Certainly I wish we would have won some more games but all
of us can point with pride to our new stadium and be enthused
about the future.
Mewbourne ran our baseball program with class and dignity,
Director of Athletics Todd Turner says. He played
a major role in our fund-raising efforts for Hawkins Field.
He has always been a great colleague and he loves Vanderbilt
very much. We all owe him a sincere thank you for his
dedicated service and loyalty to the University.
Turner said the Department of Athletics would be honoring
Mewbourne in some way in the near future.
a native of Birmingham, came to Nashville in 1979 from Birmingham
Southern, where he had compiled a six-year mark of 267 wins
against just 74 losses. While at Vanderbilt, he became
the third winningest active coach in the SEC by the time he
took pride in the academic accomplishments of his players.
Going into this season, 95 Commodores earned academic all-SEC
honors including 13 a year ago.
One of his most prized pupils was first team All-American
Hunter Bledsoe, the 1999 SEC Player of the Year and baseballs
national academic Player of the Year.
a 1967 graduate of Florida State, is a member of the Birmingham
Southern Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Dee, have two