Veteran coach let go after 23 years with team

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Texas baseball let go one of its oldest members Wednesday afternoon when associate head coach Tommy Harmon’s contract was not renewed for the 2012-2013 season.

Serving as an assistant under both Cliff Gustafson and Augie Garrido for the past 23 years, Harmon was the longest-tenured coach on any Texas coaching staff.

Harmon played on the UT baseball team from 1968 until 1970, and helped Texas to nine total College World Series appearances as a coach, including two National Title victories.

In a statement released by the school, Garrido said of letting Harmon go, “This has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make.”

The news came after the Longhorns failed to make the NCAA Tournament field for the first time since 1998.

“I bleed orange and I wish the best for the student-athletes on the team,” Harmon said in UT’s statement.