Andrew Wright, the coach who helped the University of Charleston baseball program reach new heights, has resigned his position to take a job within the New York Yankees organization.
Wright led the Golden Eagles to a school-record win total in each of his last three seasons, going 34-22 in 2017, 36-23 last year and 41-19 this season, which included a trip to the NCAA Super Regionals. He earned Mountain East Conference coach of the year honors this spring.
UC reached the Super Regionals in late May before losing two of three at Mercyhurst, Pennsylvania. Under Wright, the Golden Eagles played in the last three MEC championship games, winning league titles in 2018 and 2019. They also took the Atlantic Regional title this past spring.
“This program is built to sustain a great deal of success,’’ Wright said, “and the future of this program is in great hands. This program and its people will always hold a special place in our hearts and we are excited to see the program rise to greater heights in the future.’’
In four seasons at UC, Wright posted a record of 127-98. He also coached five years at Concord, twice setting school-record win totals there and twice capturing West Virginia Conference crowns. In nine seasons as a head coach, his overall mark is 284-210.
During his four years at Charleston, Wright has seen 20 of his players earn All-MEC honors. Wright, a former player at Concord, will tackle a role in player development with the Yankees, with his official title being manager of staff development.
UC athletic director Dr. Bren Stevens leads the search for Wright’s replacement. She knows culling candidates shouldn’t be a problem for a program that’s won 77 games over the past two seasons.
“I feel good about that part of it, the team success,’’ Stevens said, “as well as a remarkable facility when it’s completed in early September.’’
UC’s new all-turf facility, the Segra baseball field located in the Welch Athletic Complex, is currently under construction on the site of its former baseball home, Triana Field.
“It will be on time for fall ball,’’ Stevens said, “and for the new coach to get guys up and on board. We’re fortunate in that regard.’’
Stevens said there might be interest from one of Wright’s assistants in the head coaching position, but she is ready regardless to initiate her search.
“We have everything going for us,’’ she said, “in the culture of the program and the success they’ve had on the field. I just think it makes sense to have a national search and see who we can secure to be the next head coach.’’