Tue May 11 06:20pm EDT
Ohio State coach Bob Todd surprised many by announcing his retirement last week. Long Beach State coach Mike Weathers joined the list of retiring coaches on Tuesday.
Weathers announced his retirement, effective at the end of the 2010 season, in a release by the school.
Weathers spent 18 seasons at Long Beach State, nine of those as an assistant and nine of those as the head coach. During that time span and up until this point in the season, Weathers has guided the Dirtbags to a 309-198 record.
"Mike has been an outstanding leader of the program and a great representative of the university," LBSU athletic director Vic Cegles said. "He has recruited and taught numerous major league prospects, but more importantly, he has mentored hundreds of young men to graduation and maturity. I consider Mike not only a terrific baseball man, but a life coach who will leave a strong legacy on the campus and in the community. To be sure, we wish him and his wife Charlotte all the best in his retirement years."
With Weathers' coaching career with the Dirtbags ending at the conclusion of the season, usually speculation about potential replacements would be running rampant. However, the Dirtbags will have a seamless transition with current associate head coach Troy Buckley tapped as the next head coach and seventh in the program's 57-year history.
"We are fortunate to have Troy as the coach in waiting," Cegles said. "He brings outstanding baseball knowledge, leadership and teaching skills to the position and possesses a strong appreciation of the Dirtbag tradition and the style of our play. We are excited about the future of Long Beach State baseball as it continues to pursue conference and national championships."
The Dirtbags currently are 21-23, including 7-8 in the Big West, and are unlikely to make an NCAA postseason appearance this season.