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Andy Baylock selected for ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award


AndyBaylockUConn MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – Former University of Connecticut baseball head coach Andy Baylock has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award as announced by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

The ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez award is the highest honor given out by the ABCA. Baylock will be presented the award on January 7, 2011, during the ABCA Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

"The entire University of Connecticut community congratulates Andy Baylock on this prestigious honor," says UConn Director of Athletics Jeffrey Hathaway. "Andy’s lifelong dedication to the sport of baseball on a national level makes him a truly deserving recipient of the Lefty Gomez Award."

"Andy has served our University for more than four decades and has devoted his entire career to the development of young people. He has been an outstanding coach, educator, leader and mentor. We are proud of his many accomplishments and grateful that he continues to serve UConn through his current work as Director of UConn Football Alumni and Community Affairs."

Baylock, who retired as UConn’s head baseball coach in May 2003 after a 24-year run in which he posted a 556-492-8 record, guided the Huskies to BIG EAST Championship titles in 1990 and 1994. He also led the Huskies into NCAA Tournament play three times.

Including his tenure as an assistant baseball coach, Baylock compiled an 822-614-11 record over 39 years and, at the time of his retirement, had coached 1,446 of the 2,327 games (62.2-percent) in UConn’s baseball history. Baylock was an assistant baseball coach with the Huskies from 1964-79, helping UConn to the College World Series in 1965, 1972 and 1979, before assuming the head coaching reins in 1980.

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