CORVALLIS, Oregon — Pat Casey, the longtime Oregon State baseball coach who retired last season, will not come back to coach the Beavers.
Oregon State University Athletic Director Scott Barnes made the announcement on Tuesday, three days after the Beavers were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament.
Casey helped build the Oregon State baseball program into a national powerhouse. He finished his 24-year career at Oregon State with 900 career wins, three national championships, six trips to the College World Series and five Pac-12 titles. He was also named National Coach of the Year five times.
Casey retired last year, but the door was left open for him to return after one season away from the team. The team promoted longtime assistant Pat Bailey to interim head coach for the 2019 season. Under Bailey, the Beavers had a 36-20-1 record and finished third in the Pac-12, but were eliminated on the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
There was speculation that perhaps Casey would return, but Barnes said on Tuesday that Casey will instead be senior associate athletic director.
“Over the past nine months, I have 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 now know that will not the case,” Barnes said.
Oregon State will conduct a national search to fill the head-coaching vacancy. Bailey will be under consideration, Barnes said.
“But I assure you this is a program that will reload—not rebuild—as among the nation’s very best,” Barnes said.