MORGANTOWN, WV- After a remarkable tenure filled with triumphs and tribulations, West Virginia University’s respected baseball coach, Randy Mazey, has announced his retirement following the upcoming 2024 season. The news has stirred a wave of nostalgia and admiration throughout the Mountaineer community, as they prepare to bid farewell to a figure who has left a lasting mark on the program.
Mazey, a name synonymous with WVU baseball, has been at the helm since 2013, steering the team through countless victories, including hosting a regional game in the 2019 NCAA tournament. This past season, the Mountaineers went 40-20 and made the NCAA tournament again but faltered a little down the stretch and lost most of the momentum they had gained throughout the whole year.
His leadership and vision have been instrumental in shaping the team’s culture and identity, fostering a spirit of resilience, sportsmanship, and excellence both on and off the field. Mazey’s announcement comes with a sense of sadness, as the upcoming season will mark his final year in the dugout. The coach, known for his strategic acumen and player development skills, has expressed his desire to make his last season a memorable one and that is possible with all-american and projected top two pick in next year’s MLB draft, J.J. Wetherholt. He aims to leave a legacy that transcends the game and inspire future generations of Mountaineers to strive for greatness.
Under Mazey’s leadership, WVU baseball has experienced a renaissance. His tenure has seen the construction of the state-of-the-art Monongalia County Ballpark, a testament to his commitment to providing the best facilities for his players. He has also been a driving force behind the team’s academic success, emphasizing the importance of education alongside athletic prowess. The impact of Mazey’s retirement will be felt far beyond the confines of the WVU baseball diamond. His influence has permeated the entire athletic department, shaping the philosophy of Mountaineer sports.
His departure will undoubtedly leave a void, but his legacy will continue to inspire and guide the Mountaineers. As the sun sets on Mazey’s illustrious career, the Mountaineer community is preparing to celebrate his contributions. The upcoming season will not only be a competition for a championship, but also a tribute to a man who has dedicated a significant part of his life to the growth and success of WVU baseball.
Longtime assistant Steve Sabins will take over starting in 2025 and he is credited heavily for the talent that has graced the field for the team over the last several years. Mazey is expected to stick around the program in a senior advisor role.
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