Former Connecticut Baseball Coach Andy Baylock Honored with ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award

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, Tenn. - Former University of Connecticut baseball head coach Andy Baylock was presented with the 2011 ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award on Friday night at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Baylock coached baseball for 39 years at UConn before his retirement in 2003. During that time, the Huskies won two BIG EAST Championships and made three trips to the College World Series.

The ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez award is the highest honor given out by the American Baseball Coaches Association as Baylock becomes the 50th recipient of this honor.

Baylock also coached five summers in the Cape Cod Collegiate Baseball League and was the pitching coach for the USA National Team three times. As an outstanding clinician, he has spoken at dozens of coaching clinics around the country.

He is the past chair of the ABCA Division I baseball coaches, the past chair of the Division I All-American Committee and a past member of the ABCA Executive Committee. He was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame in 1996.

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.