BGS has been informed by sources close to both Clemson University as well as WVU that the Tigers will likely pursue WVU head baseball coach Randy Mazey for their recently vacated head baseball coach position.
As the shock wore off of the news of Clemson parting ways with Hall of Fame head coach Jack Leggett the talk soon turned to who may replace the long tenured icon. While a few names have surfaced the one of most interest to Mountaineer fans is Randy Mazey.
Mazey, in his third season leading WVU baseball, has been praised for his part in rejuvenating the Mountaineer program that had been stale for some time. Mazey has led the Mountaineers to three straight Big 12 Tournament berths while significantly increasing the talent level at WVU through recruiting.
Sources close to the situation state that Mazey will be a serious candidate moving forward and the interest will undoubtedly be mutual. Mazey is an alumni of Clemson where he won 3 All-ACC honors as a pitcher/outfielder. Mazey also started his coaching career there as an assistant from 1990-1993. During those four seasons Clemson reached the NCAA Tournament all four years including a trip to the College World Series in 1991.
Mazey has not been shy about his affection for Clemson University. Mazey made an emotional return to Clemson this past season leading the Mountaineers to a series win against the Tigers to open the 2015 campaign.
“It has been a long time since I’ve been here,” Mazey said. “Things have changed a lot. Watching these guys run around the same bases that I ran around 30 years ago, it was kind of emotional. Watching the outfielders run up the hill, when I was out there the hill was a lot steeper.
“It’s great to be back and step on this field again.” Mazey told the Independent Mail of his return.
While Randy, and wife Amanda, have become entrenched at WVU sources tell BGS an offer from Clemson will be tough to turn down. An interesting twist to this situation is Jim Clements, who was President at WVU when Mazey was hired in 2013 and his currently the President at Clemson University.
While Mazey is not the only candidate being considered for the opening we are told not to be surprised to hear his name more as the search becomes more public. Mazey has a record of 88-79 over three seasons as the Mountaineers head coach.