I am not really surprised. Yah, I was hoping Pat Casey would return as the head coach of the Oregon State baseball program. He must have thought about it a lot during the past nine months. I included his retirement announcement from last September to refresh all of our memories about how passionate Pat Casey is about the Beaver program and his love for his players and the sport of College Baseball. But without talking to him it sounds like 24 seasons was enough. 24 years of building a legendary College Baseball program. He will stay with the school as a Senior Associate Athletic Director.
Sometimes life can take you in a different direction. That is Pat Casey's desire or he would have returned to the dugout at Goss.
Scott Barnes the school's Athletic Director released a statement about the Oregon State Baseball program and here it is in its entirety:
Dear Beaver Nation,
Pat Casey has elected not to return to the baseball dugout and coach the Oregon State Beavers. It’s certainly a decision carefully considered by Pat, and one that we respect and will honor, even while disappointed. While Pat may not be our coach going forward, he will continue to serve as a key ambassador for Oregon State University as Senior Associate Athletic Director.
When Pat announced that he would be stepping down as head coach last September, I wanted to give him time to think about his decision and leave open a path where he could return as head coach. Over those nine months, I had numerous conversations with Pat to gauge his interest in returning to the leadership role.
My hope was that he would return as head coach after taking a break to refresh. Unfortunately, we know now that will not be the case.
Moving forward, we will conduct a national search and consider both the very best candidates in the nation. We already have tremendous interest from individuals who aspire to lead this storied program, including from interim head Coach Pat Bailey.
I compliment the job that Coach Bailey has done this year under difficult circumstances. The roster has been depleted with injuries from the very start of the season after losing three MLB First Round Draft picks from last year’s national championship club. Coach Bailey and his coaching staff have done a remarkable job.
As well, we can all be so very proud of what Pat Casey, his coaching staff, and student-athletes, who have represented Oregon State baseball, have achieved over the past two decades. They have made Corvallis a desired national destination for the best in college baseball. I can assure you that will continue to be the case.
I am excited for the high caliber coaching prospects who will seek to follow arguably the best college baseball coach in the history of the sport. But I assure you this is a program that will reload – not rebuild – as among the nation’s very best.
In closing, it’s been another exciting year for Oregon State Athletics. And we are very appreciative that you continue to support our programs, coaches, staff and most importantly the amazing young men and women who represent this great university. Each day, I am honored to serve as your Vice President and Director of Athletics.
S. Scott Barnes
Vice President & Director of Athletics
Oregon State University